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March Program

Dr. Gegear of WPI

will discuss bees,

pollinators and pollinator gardens,

and the Beecology program

of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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7.00 p.m. Meet and Greet

7.30 p.m. Lecture begins

Wednesday March 8, 2023

St Andrews Episcopal Church

3 Maple Street

Framingham, MA


Five World Bee Day facts you won’t “bee-lieve!”

Bees are the most important pollinator in the world and have been for centuries. But here are some interesting facts you may not know about these winged creatures:

  1. The average honey bee will only make around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime. 

  2. A single bee visits 50 to 100 flowers on each pollination trip. 

  3. Almost 75% of the crops grown in the world rely on honey bee pollination. 

  4. Bees have four wings! 

  5. There are over 25,000 different species of bee - and many of them can’t even sting! 

March to do list
Gardening Checklist for March Zones 5 and 6

Your experience in the garden, knowledge sharing and willingness to experiment will make your gardening experience fun and productive.  Below is a suggestion of the the activities you can undertake in your garden this March.

  • Prune your fruit trees, berry bushes, and other woody ornamentals on your property.  Direct sow outdoors seeds like Nigella, Poppy, and Larkspur so they get a few weeks of cold temps which will aid in their germination.

  • Stimulate your houseplants to start growing by repotting them if needed and giving them a good feeding.

  • Start transplants indoors of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

  • Service your lawn mower and any other mechanized tools.

  • On nice days, turn your compost pile.

  • Clean up any leftover dried debris from garden beds and toss in the compost pile.

  • Make notes of the design, the plantings, successes and failures and things to do in your garden.  This will be helpful in the future.

  • Place birdhouses outdoors this month. Birds will begin looking for nesting sites soon.

  • Plant peas, potatoes and parsley towards the end of the month directly in the garden.

  • Start transplants indoors of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant and any other cool season veg you’d like to grow.

  • Clean up any leftover dried debris from garden beds and toss in the compost pile.

  • Get a soil test if you haven’t already done so.

  • Towards the end of March, remove winter protection from any perennials you had in place, and pull back mulch from strawberry and asparagus beds so they can push through easily. Side-dress you asparagus with a gentle, natural, nitrogen fertilizer.


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