Kent County Master Gardener Fall Workshops

The Kent County Master Gardeners are planning a series of workshops for the community from September through November. Classes are free unless otherwise stated and held at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Office, Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover or the Delaware State Outreach & Research Center, 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, DE.  Contact the Extension Office at 302-730-4000 to register. The schedule is as follows:

Bokashi Composting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  1:00-2:00 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center  

Join Linda Newsome, Kent County Master Gardener for this free workshop and learn how to compost Japanese style. The Bokashi method enables you to compost your kitchen scraps, including meat and dairy products inside your home. Bokashi is based on an ancient method of fertilizing rice paddies that was used all over Asia. It is a two-step process that involves fermenting kitchen scraps. The entire process can be completed in as little as four weeks.

Oh Those Beautiful Bulbs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016  1-2 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center 

Planting bulbs is not difficult or complicated but getting them to bloom for more than one year requires some attention. Bev Gemmill, Kent County Master Gardener, will focus on how to prepare the soil, plant the bulbs and care for them in order to enjoy them year after year. In addition, attendees will learn how to protect the bulbs from predators, how to disguise dying foliage and how to force bulbs to bloom for special occasions.

Native Shade Plants & Mosses

Thursday, November 3, 2016   1-2 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center

A shady area can become a cool oasis with mosses and native shade plants. Participants will learn from Kent County Master Gardeners Ellen Trier and Linda Sperry, the common types of moss, how to encourage its growth and the best way to maintain it in the garden. In addition, the workshop will focus on easy to grow native plants that are attractive to bees and other pollinators..