March 2nd 2017
Learn about Chickens! How to raise them and take care of them and feed them right.
pH Soil Testing
The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners conduct free soil testing. These tests help determine your soil pH levels and texture. The Soil Specialists also provide basic information and recommendations for gradual correction of your soil problems. This service is provided for free and is available at various locations around the state during growing season.
How to Take a pH Soil Sample:
You will want to collect the samples of soil at the plant or lawn root zone (around 6″ deep). You should be gathering about a 1/2 cup amount from several sites within the same area to be tested. Mix them together, allow the soil to dry. Next place 1 cup of the mix in a paper bag or clean container and label it. Collect separate samples from different areas on your property such as vegetable gardens, lawns and flower gardens. Bring all the samples to the soil testing location.
How does you lawn look after this Summers drought? Thinking about fertilizing? Have the URI Master Gardeners check the pH and texture of your soil and get tips about agumentation for your yard. See below for sample taking advice to get the best results.
Bob Bamberg will be here! We call him Earthborn Bob and he’ll be here on November 12th from 9:30-2:30 to talk with you about pet foods, diets, feeding protocols and even some behavioral issues. With 25 years in the business (including 9 owning his own feed and grain store) and in his 22nd year writing a weekly newspaper column on pet health, nutrition and behavior, Bob applies known science in helping you deal with pickiness, dry/itchy skin and other common issues of pet ownership. The conversation is always interesting and folks usually come away saying, “I never knew that!”
MARCH 5, 2017 (SUNDAY)
Advanced Course: For beekeepers that have had hives for at least one season and want to learn what it takes to make your hives thrive starting in early spring so that you can maximize honey yields, have less swarms, make spits and queen introductions. This class will give you the tools and very experienced recommendations on how to expand your hives and have them overwinter year after year without having to buy package bees or nucs again. You will be taught not only what you should be doing but explained why it works.
The advanced class will be for the beekeeper that wants to be a knowledgeable beekeeper and not just a keeper of bees with the hope the hive lives. What you learn at this class will help you keep healthier hives year to year and season to season. Worth taking for anyone that wants to improve their beekeeping skills.
Class will run from 9AM to 3PM. VFW HALL 1034 Pond St, Franklin, MA 02038
WATER and LIGHT SNACK INCLUDED. Sign up on www.woodsbeesstore.com
THERE WILL BE LIMITED SEATING-THERE WILL NOT BE ANY REFUNDS GIVEN FOR CLASSES IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND AFTER PURCHASING A SPACE FOR THE CLASS.