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1962 at Pot-Nets. There were 14 homesites leased this first year in operation. Below is Hillenwood Road, Marina #2 and Bayside Beach.
"The Pot-Nets Beach had several names through the years. The first name that I knew was 'Pleasant Point' as is designated in 1857 in an invitation by some well-known Republicans for a 'Pic-Nic' at that beach. Later, when the land was acquired by Wingate Street, the beach was called 'Street's Beach.' After the Tunnells acquired the farm and after we started a manufactured housing development beginning at the beach, we changed the name of all the land to Pot-Nets. When the Indian River Inlet was closed by storms, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay became a mass of grass and was occupied by eels and by fresh water fish. The inlet was closed in 1920, and re-opened in the late 1930's. The name Pot-Nets stands for eel-pot and fish-nets. Today we say crab-pot and fish-nets."
- Robert W. Tunnell, Sr. (1914-2000)
Now that the holidays are behind us, it's time to dispose of that Christmas Tree! But where does one do such a thing?
Luckily, there are plenty of options available to you.
1. You may chop up your tree and place it in your Yard Waste Trash Bin for pickup by Blue Hen Disposal.
2. Take your tree to the Route 5 Transfer Station in Harbeson, DE. A small fee will be collected by the station for this method.
3. Visit Blue Hen Organics in Frankford, DE and dispose of your tree free of charge.
For the full list of available disposal options, click the button below and click on the Sussex County tab.
Mondays- Mingo & Burger Night- Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Thursdays- Pasta Night- Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sundays- Game Day Deals- Jan 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, January 25th- Bacon & Brew Fest (Benefiting Zaching Against Cancer) Saturday January 25th we are holding the 1st annual Bacon and Brew Festival at the pub. We will be featuring up to 10 local brewers showcasing their phenomenal beer. We will have many great food options, with of course BACON. There is no cover, HOWEVER, a $10 donation will get you a wristband and unlimited samples from all the breweries from Noon-3pm. All the proceeds will be benefiting the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.
Be sure to follow Paradise Pub on Facebook for the most current news on bands, food specials and events.
January 4th: Educational Wine Luncheon Join us at The Clubhouse at Baywood in Long Neck for our wine luncheon series! Our Educational Wine Luncheon will be hosted by Sommelier Chris Carmean. Attendees will have the chance to taste and learn about four different wines that are perfectly paired with three courses by Chef Ryan Cunningham!
January 10th: Live Music from 5pm-8pm (Stevie D and Sandy)
January 11th: Wine Dinner This month we will be featuring Chile at The Clubhouse at Baywood! We will be showcasing Chilean wines with Regional Manager Robert Moulthrop of MundoVino and the Winebow Group. Chef Ryan has expertly paired five of their beautiful wines with five courses. If you love South America and Chile, this is a night you don’t want to miss!!
January 17th: Live Music from 5pm to 8pm (Mike Garvilla)
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As a follow up for last month’s article, let me mention that mulch is good. But more specifically, the intentions behind the act of mulching are good. The many benefits of mulch were previously mentioned, but the primary reason we mulch is simply to mimic the natural systems of prairies and forests. Mulch is the accumulation of litter. Sounds messy, right? Grass, plant stems, leaves and sticks slowly breaking down and eventually decaying is the process we imitate with our habitual addition of something we call mulch. A long time ago someone grew tired of all the weeding and decided to cover the bare ground with something to help alleviate the cumbersome task of weeding. Without knowing for sure, this probably happened with food crops initially, and then spread to more ornamental plantings. It really comes down to time, and how much of it you have to spend caring for your plants that may suffer the effects of growing in areas where the soil (and therefore the roots of your plants) is exposed to the elements.
What I’m selling is difficult for some. It’s not “don’t mulch” or “don’t mulch too much." It’s more about changing your view on what’s attractive and what’s not. When we decide to let the grass grow taller in some areas rather than cutting it down to 3” every week, it seems to bring out an opinion of neglect in some minds. For others, I would imagine the same feeling if we were to allow plants to touch, nurture, and grow into one another. I’ve had this discussion about the difference between "lush" and "overgrown." This is not to say that tightly clipped green lawns and hedges do not have a place anywhere or on any scale, but only that for most homeowners, in neighborhood after neighborhood, there is another choice. Actually, there are many choices.
On the spectrum of what’s attractive and what’s not, the paradigm shift may come from learning and appreciating the benefits of different landscape practices. What else can we do (either in replacement of, or in addition to, mulching in the spring) to make our landscapes look good? The last part of the question is the problem, what "looks good?"
In the last article I mentioned that I grew tired of the practice of mulching, mostly because of the problems that over-mulching can bring about. The natural leaf litter that falls to the ground in the forest is a far cry from the dyed wood that we use as mulch. Black dyed mulch can heat up the soil in summer, doing the opposite of what it should be doing. Ideally, the material we mulch with in the spring would be gone by the following spring; and the addition of new mulch would be a welcomed event by both our plants and our eye. But because our mulch is wood, it doesn’t decompose that quickly. This mulch piles up over time. I have seen places in our own common areas, as well as residents’ homes, where the mulch can be as much as 8” deep. Mulch piled up around the base of plants can do more harm than good. I’ve seen it piled so high that it causes drainage problems, retaining water against the foundation of a home.
In the next article I will discuss some alternative ideas and their benefits that offer a different way of landscaping.
471 Beach Walk 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Occupancy: 10 2- day minimum.
"I want to thank the two Pot-Nets employees who worked to clean out some of the culverts that go under the roads back behind our home that are designed to take the water to the woods and marsh by Turtle Pond. They also attempted to clean what they could of the swales. What they did made a large difference in what was happening at our home at Rose View Lane. I do not know their names, but they were out here 7:00-7:30 and they went above and beyond normal duties." - Greg & Myra, Pot-Nets Bayside Residents