2012 Workshops for the Home Gardener Announced

To register for a Spring Workshop, please download the workshop brochure and registration form from our website, complete, and mail to the New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office.

Puzzled by Pruning?


Co-sponsored with the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens                                                                            

Solve your puzzle. This course will demystify when to prune, what equipment to use and which techniques are most effective. We will display pruning tools and demonstrate proper pruning techniques using material supplied by the UDBG.

John Ritterson, Tuesday, March 6, 7-9 p.m., Fischer Greenhouse

Growing Vegetables at Home– Beginner and Intermediate Workshops     

$15 each

Would you like to grow your own vegetables and experience the fresh taste of your own harvest?  Our beginner workshop is for those who are planning their first garden. We will discuss site selection, soil amendments, vegetable varieties, and other topics that will help you get started.  The intermediate workshop is for the gardener that wants to take production to the next level. We will provide a general overview of growing vegetables, and discuss ways to extend the growing season, succession planting, how to control weeds, diseases, insects, and more. 

Clyde Roberts, Wednesday, March 7 OR Wednesday, March 28, 7-9 p.m., Extension Office

A Virtual Tour of MG Gardens


Join Master Gardeners (MGs) in a virtual tour of their gardens.  In this light-hearted workshop, MGs will take you on a pictorial tour of their very different garden spaces.  They will reveal their favorite plants, “don’t ever plant” plants, and gardening successes and failures.  Along the way, these MGs will share valuable gardening tips and discuss everything from backyard composting to garden design.  Together, they have nearly 100 years of experience gardening in Delaware.

Susan Amadio, Suzanne Baron, Judy Hyden, and Lois Tanzilli, Thursday, March 8, 6-8 p.m., Extension Office                                                                                                                       

Starting Vegetables and Flowers from Seed


This class is designed for the novice gardener.  Learn techniques, and discover tips, to start and grow plants from seed.  There’s nothing better than growin’ your own fresh vegetables and flowers.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty!  Hetty Cumba and Pat Jackson, Monday, March 12, 9-9 p.m., Fischer Greenhouse



Learn how to grow everyone’s vegetable garden favorite! Participants will learn techniques to improve the quality and yield of their tomato plants.  We will discuss site selection, tomato varieties, seed sources, starting, transplanting, fertilizing, staking and more. Come prepared with your questions. This workshop is for both beginners and experienced gardeners who want to learn more.   Clyde Roberts, Thursday, April 5, 7-9 p.m., Extension Office

Backyard Composting


Create an earth friendly garden through composting. Learn easy methods to recycle kitchen and garden waste to improve your soil and grow healthier plants.  Gail Hermenau, Saturday, April 7, 1-3 p.m., Extension Office 

Vegetable Gardening in Containers


Can you grow a successful, vibrant, and productive vegetable garden in pots? Yes, you can!  Let a Master Gardener teach you how to set-up and maintain your new, and contained, garden.  Vegetable selection, pairing, set-up, care and maintenance will be discussed.  Marta Kessinger, Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m., Extension Office

Colorful Containers 


A hands-on, messy workshop and you can keep the plants!  Bring gardening gloves and a 12 inch (diameter) container to learn the basics for container planting with annual ornamental plants.  JW Wistermayer, Monday, April 30, 7-9 p.m., Extension Office     

Beneficial Insects, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) & their Role in your Garden       


Beneficial insects play an important role in Integrated Pest Management.  Proper identification of the bugs in your backyard is key to successful management of your gardens with minimal harm to the environment.  Learn to use chemical control as a last resort, not the first defense, and learn who your friends are.  Frank Ebright, Wednesday, May 2, 6-8 p.m., Extension Office     


Open Houses in the Native Teaching Garden, FREE, Spring date:  Wednesday, May 16, 6-8 pm

Summer date:  Wednesday, June 20, 6-8 pm, Extension Office, Native Teaching Garden

Garden Days:  Master Gardeners will be working in the Native Teaching Garden on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from April through September. Master Gardeners will be available on these days between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon to answer any questions.

Upcoming Summer Events: Stay tuned for workshops, tours, and other special events to focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Growing Vegetables, Native (and invasive) Plants, and more.



Community and School Garden Information Session, Saturday March 3

An information session designed for educators, community members, and gardeners starting or maintaining a community or school garden.  Information session will highlight successful, local garden projects, and provide information to help you in your community or school garden. Presenters include the University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Delaware Center for Horticulture, and Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids.

When: Saturday, March 3, 9 am – 12 pm

Where: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 531 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware, Townsend Hall, Room 132

For directions visit: http://ag.udel.edu/

Please call or e-mail to register, Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu

$5 at the door

Bring your own mug for coffee!


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