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March Gardening Tips

Outdoor Yard and Garden Tips

  • Many types of annual flower plants can be started indoors this month. Most are started 5-6 weeks before they are planted outdoors. Begonias, sweet peas, geraniums, and impatiens need to be started 10-12 weeks before the last expected frost. Sunflowers and zinnias can be directly seeded outdoors after the danger of frost has passed. This is also a good time to start pepper, eggplant, and basil indoors. 
  • Pansies are now widely available at nurseries and garden centers and can be planted for an early display of color in garden beds. However, it’s a cool weather plant that declines quickly when it starts getting hot.
  • Cut down perennials and over-wintering ornamental grasses to within 2 inches of the ground and remove plant debris from flower beds.  Divide perennials, and top-dress beds with 1 inch of compost. Pull weeds and apply a two-inch layer of mulch to prevent weed seeds from germinating. 
  • Leaf scorch symptoms can occur on broadleaved evergreens. Damage is most severe on shallow-rooted plants such as azalea, rhododendron, holly, cherry laurel, boxwood, or those at their northern limit for winter hardiness (Magnolia grandiflora, Aucuba japonica, Camellia spp. and others). In many cases, damage occurs during the winter months but symptoms appear in the spring as the plant begins to emerge from the winter dormant period and move into the spring growth phase.
  • Prune roses starting in mid-March to maintain their shape and size. Roses typically experience some winter kill. To determine whether or not a branch is alive, simply scrape the bark with a sharp knife and look for green tissue. If it is brown prune off the cane. Early spring pruning of roses:
  • If you have ash trees that need to be protected from emerald ash borer consult a certified arborist for management options. 
  • March is the beginning of the planting and transplanting season for trees and shrubs. But, avoid working or walking on wet soil; wait until the soil dries out. How do you know when your soil can be turned or tilled? A simple test is to form a clump of your soil into a ball. Bounce it up and down in your hand a few times. If it breaks apart easily it’s probably OK to dig!
  • Late winter-early spring is considered the second-best time to seed your lawn make repairs, or to cover bare areas. The best time is late August through mid-October. Seeding should be completed by late April. 
  • Improve soil quality by mixing 1-inch of compost into your vegetable beds as soon as the soil is workable and not too wet.
  • Cut back last year’s perennial herb plants. They will look better and have room for new growth.  It will also help reduce insect and disease problems.
  • Termite swarmers can become active on warm, sunny days. If you have a swarm, it may mean that there is a colony living under or very near to your home’s foundation. The problem should be investigated, especially if swarmers are found indoors.

Vegetable Garden Tips

  • As soon as soil can be worked, plant potatoes, peas, onion sets, leeks and other cool weather crops, including beets, Chinese cabbage, kale mustard and turnips.
  • Amend soil according to soil test results, which may call for adding lime or other nutrients. When the ground can be worked, dig in that layer of well-aged manure, compost, mushroom soil, or leaf mold to improve soil texture and fertility.
  • Put up trellises and teepees for peas, pole beans and other climbers. Waiting until plants come up can harm plant roots.
  • Harden off leeks, shallots, and onions in cold frame, or set outside on a porch or protected area, a few hours a day at first, before bringing them in at dusk; then gradually working up to eight hours a day. Do this for about a week, before transplanting in the garden. (Follow this same procedure for any crop started indoors.)
  • Apply water around the base of seedlings when planting that contains a soluble fertilizer. This will help roots grow strong.
  • Sow more seeds of spinach, lettuce, arugula and other salad greens in cold frames or in the vegetable bed, under row covers. (Floating row covers are made of spun-bonded polyester. They let in air, light and water, offer some protection from frost, and exclude insects and bigger critters.)
  • Start seeds of eggplant, pepper (if not started in February) broccoli and cabbage indoors under lights, to be ready for planting outdoors in six to eight weeks.
  • Keep a garden planner or journal. Note each activity, with date, in your garden notebook. Jot down weather, temperature, when seeds germinate, plants flower and fruit. Take pictures. Note insects and diseases. All this information will guide you in seasons to come.

Indoor Plant and Insect Tips

  • Begin to fertilize houseplants again. The increase in natural light will prompt them to grow.
  • This is a good time to repot and divide houseplants. Use lightweight, well-drained soilless potting mixes that contain ingredients such as peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
  • Several species of insects are waking up from their winter dormancy inside homes. The earliest ones are multicolored Asian lady beetlemarmorated stink bugcluster flies, and boxelder bugs. No chemical controls are recommended. They are harmless and can be swept up, vacuumed, scooped into a container of soapy water, or released outdoors.


For more information call or email the University of Maryland Extension Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Coordinator, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or . Rachel J. Rhodes is the Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension in Queen Anne’s County. She is one third of the Garden Thyme Podcast. The Garden Thyme Podcast is a monthly podcast where University of Maryland Extension Educators, help you get down and dirty in your garden, with timely gardening tips, information about native plants, and more! For further information, please visit or see us on Facebook @ or listen to The Garden Thyme Podcast at:


Soil: (Photo Credit: Lee Schnappinger Bridgman) If you did not test soil in fall, as soon as ground thaws, take soil samples from different parts of the garden, to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Send to a soil testing lab (University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center,, tells how to take samples and lists regional lab; see “Selecting Soil Test Lab,” HG#110.)


University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.


QAC Seeking Citizens to Serve on Boards & Commissions

CENTREVILLE – The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are looking for county citizens to fill vacancies on multiple county boards and commissions. The deadline for applications will remain open until filled.  
Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board
Bay Bridge Airport Advisory Committee
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Blue Heron Golf Course Advisory Committee (looking for a citizen from the District 1 area)
Board of Building Appeals
Board of Electrical Examiners (looking for someone who is a master electrician in QAC and/or someone who is associated with the building trade but not necessarily master electricians)
Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board)
Broadband Advisory Council (looking for citizens from the District 2 and 3 areas)
Department of Emergency Services Advisory Council
Housing Authority
Social Services Advisory Board
Anyone interested in serving on a QAC board, commission or committee is encouraged to send a letter of interest and a brief resume to or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098. Detailed information about each board, commission or committee is available at, just type “boards and commissions” in the search box.

Academy Art Museum Announces March Events 

Academy Art Museum Announces March Events



The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat. Open daily, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.


2021 Student Art Exhibition: Students Curate the Permanent Collection!

March 16–April 8, 2021

In March 2021, the Museum will present its student exhibition, titled “The Peculiar Portrayal of People.” Curated by Kent Island High School art students from the Academy Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, paired with the students’ own artwork, the exhibition is in an exciting new format. The students have been combing the collection and working on all aspects of exhibition production, including wall text and layout, with assistance from the Museum’s Curatorial and Education Departments.

Caption: Anthony-Peter Gorny, Woman Sipping Tea, 1972, Aquatint, Gift of Grover Batts, 2005.E


From Cassatt to Chicago: A Celebration of Women Artists in the Permanent Collection

Through March 20, 2021

Following the centennial of the 19th Amendment, celebrated in 2020, this exhibition presents selected highlights of works of the nearly 100 female artists in the Museum’s Permanent Collection,

including Mary Cassatt, Judy Chicago, Terry Haass, Terry Parmelee, Grace Hartigan, Kiki Smith, Anne Truitt, Renee Stout, and others. The Museum is proud that works by female artists make up nearly a quarter of its Permanent Collection, which is twice the national average for U.S. museums. The works in the exhibition cover a wide range of movements and interests from mid-20th century to our present moment, including minimalism, abstraction, and contemporary art. The exhibition demonstrates the diverse accomplishments of female artists in the Museum’s Permanent Collection and raises

important questions about gender equality and representation in the art world.

Caption: Judy Chicago, In Praise of Prairie Dogs, Lithograph, 2020.


Academy Art Museum’s Instructor Exhibition

Through March 20, 2021

The Academy Art Museum presents recent works by its exceptional team of instructors. As practicing local artists working in multiple mediums, the instructors of our adult and children’s classes engage with what is in and around our community and beyond in intriguing ways. Their experience guiding budding and experienced student artists informs their work, as their technical proficiency and artistic curiosity intertwine, delivering a colorful and dynamic exhibition. Exhibiting artists Include: Paul Aspell, Steve Bleinberger, Katie Cassidy, Rosemary Cooley, Bernie Dellario, Constance Del Nero, Georgia June Goldberg, Matthew Hillier, Susan Horsey, Maire McArdle, Diane DuBois Mullaly, Julia Rogers, Brad Ross,

Maggii Sarfaty, Theresa Schram, Sahm Doherty Sefton, Sheryl Southwick, Cid Collins Walker, Steve Walker, and Meg Walsh.

Caption: Meg Walsh



Site-specific installation by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann 

South Street Lawn at Museum

Through Spring 2021

Waterwall is a mixed-media installation created by combining acrylic, sumi ink, silkscreen, and cyanotype on collaged translucent vinyl over glass. Mann is an American painter whose work explores mythology, identity, and landscape, particularly through the unique dialogues she crafts between the slow and permeating movement of ink and paint and the dynamic layers of collaged and printed elements. Waterwall harkens back to centuries of cave murals found in Dunhuang, China, where paintings do not just describe landscapes, but become environments and magical symbols themselves. As sunlight passes through the walls and ceiling of the cube on the Academy Art Museum’s grounds, Waterwall bathes the viewer in light and detail, creating a verdant, melting, glowing, fragmented, personal, and mythological realm. The bespoke plexiglass structure for the Museum lawn was designed by Mitch Hager of HAGER + HUCK Architecture. Sponsors of Waterwall are the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and Catherine McCoy.

Caption: Waterwall, a site-specific mixed-media installation by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, is now on display on the Museum’s South Street Lawn.



Adult Class Scholarships – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Pastels, Watercolor, and much more.

All Materials are Included. Contact Katie Cassidy for details at 410-820-5222 or email for further information. Visit for a full listing of classes. Scholarships are made possible through a generous grant from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.


Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Day in March

Instructor: Sheryl Southwick

One Day Workshop: March 16

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon

Cost: $65 Members, $78 Non-members, (plus $10 materials fee payable to instructor for mulberry

paper packs and glue sticks)


Building Blocks of the Impressionist Landscape via Zoom! – One Element Each Week

Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly

6 weeks: March 18–April 22 on Zoom

Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cost: $125 Members, $150 Non-members



Workshop: At the Edge of Day – Nocturnes in the Tonalist Tradition

Instructor: Meg Walsh

2 Days: Saturday, March 6 & Sunday, March 7

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members


Basic Drawing: The Fundamentals

Instructor: Katie Cassidy

4 weeks: March 13–April 3 in studio

Saturdays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members


Painting in Gouache or Watercolor: Small Interiors

Instructor: Sheryl Southwick

4 weeks: March 5–March 26 in studio

Fridays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members


Pastel Painting: Techniques and Applications

Instructor: Katie Cassidy

4 weeks: March 24–April 14 in studio

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: $185 Members, $215 Non-members


Printmaking: The Painterly Print

Instructor: Rosemary Cooley

3 Day Workshop: Friday, March 19–Sunday, March 21

Time: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non- members

(plus $35 materials fee paid to instructor for paper, inks, gesso, fixative,

and pastels, as well as use of plates and tools)



Piano & Guitar Lessons 

Instructor: Raymond Remesch 

Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or


Voice Lessons 

Instructor: Georgiann Gibson

Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or



Per City, State, and CDC guidelines, new safety measures have been implemented to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times by participants and instructors. Prior to visiting the Academy Art Museum, visitors are encouraged to visit AAM’s website to read more about the Museum’s reopening protocols. Responses to frequently asked questions can be found on the Visit Page.

If you aren’t able to visit the Museum at this time, please enjoy our available virtual tours, art activities, artist talks, and virtual platform, Art at Home. We look forward to seeing you soon at AAM.

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-278


Church Hill Theatre Holds Auditions for 39 Steps

The Church Hill Theatre, Inc. announces auditions for a Zoom radio broadcast performance of The 39 Steps, a radio play originally produced by the Lux Radio Theatre in 1937. The 39 Steps is a mystery that director Christopher Wallace describes as “ …an action-packed, fast-paced race to the end”. His intentions are “to give the listening audience, a wave of nostalgia and wonder of suspense by using tempo and tensions created through sounds and the voices of the actors”. Wallace is looking for 8-10 actors to fill the more than 20 roles in the play.  All actors will play multiple roles. Auditions will be held via Zoom March 1 and 3 at 6:30pm.  Rehearsals and performances will also be held via Zoom. Broadcasts of the performances will be in a large warehouse where the actors can be social but still physically distant.  All CDC COVID-19 procedures and precautions will be followed. Live performances will be at 8pm on April 9th and 10th  and 2pm on Sunday, April 11th . To register for an audition and receive audition materials please email your name, age, email and phone number to Stage Manager, Michelle Christopher at seashell2930@gmail.comwith the subject: 39 Steps Auditions.


(CHESTERTOWN, MD) – Radcliffe Creek School announced today that it will be closing its
preschool, Little Creek, in August 2021 and is accepting written proposals from reputable
childcare providers interested in leasing the existing childcare space.

“Little Creek has been an important part of the Radcliffe Creek School landscape. It has served
as a warm and welcoming learning environment for children across the eastern shore,” said Rob
Ditmars, Board President. “In determining Radcliffe Creek School’s strategic goals for the next
5-10 years and beyond, our Board has made the difficult decision to discontinue operating the
Little Creek program so as to focus on opportunities to advance our kindergarten through 8th
grade mission. We are excited by the possibilities of a promising new collaboration to serve our
community’s youngest children.”

The space provides a unique opportunity for an early learning center searching for a new
location. Centrally located to many areas of the Eastern Shore, the 201 Talbot Boulevard space
boasts 5,370 square feet, with currently-licensed classrooms and two child-sized restrooms.
Radcliffe Creek School’s Board of Trustees is actively seeking written proposals from
organizations by 3:00 p.m. on March 13, 2021.

Radcliffe Creek School, Inc. will honor all current Little Creek contracts through the contracted
date of August 13, 2021. It is the Board’s hope that a new operator will commence services
immediately thereafter.

Contact Meg Bamford, Head of School, at or 410-778-8150 with
questions. The RFP can be found on the School’s website at

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in
a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. At the heart of The Radcliffe Way is the
notion of personalized learning in a caring community that sets high expectations but provides
support for all students to excel.

Kimberly Kastel, Shore United Bank Branch Manager

Shore United Bank is proud to announce that Kim Kastel has joined the Company as a Vice President Branch Manager at our Elliott Road Office in Easton, Maryland. She joins Shore United Bank with thirty-one (31) years of banking and business development experience, twenty-five (25) of those years in branch management and six (6) years in wealth management.  
“We are thrilled to have Kim join our team. She is a strong leader and customer focused.  She is deeply involved in the community, enjoys collaborating with her team, and helping customers,” says Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer for Shore United Bank. 
“I look forward to working with my new team and building strong relationships with customers and businesses in the community,” says Ms. Kastel.
Kim is a past board member of the Talbot County Chamber and volunteers with Character Counts and Junior Achievement to teach elementary and high school students the importance of financial literacy.  She also volunteers her time with a local daycare center to help children read and work on their social skills. She resides in St. Michaels, Maryland with her fiancé Mike, and three sons Carter, Connor and Kyle and a yellow lab named Eva.  Kim enjoys cooking, traveling, going to the beach, hiking, gardening and anything outdoors.  
For more information about Shore United Bank, visit

Cherrix Named Director, Heart and Vascular Center at UM SRH; Eisemann promoted

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently welcomed Joshua Cherrix as the director of the health care network’s Heart and Vascular Center.
“I am delighted to welcome Josh to the UM Shore Regional Health team,” says Pam Addy, vice president, Ambulatory and Clinical Services, UM SRH. “His leadership, business and clinical experience make him a great addition to our Cardiovascular Services team and our Heart and Vascular Center.”
The Heart and Vascular Center at UM Shore Regional Health includes the Cardiac Intervention Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; UM Shore Medical Group-Cardiology offices in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties; cardiovascular diagnostics and the Vascular Labs in Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties; and the Centers for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton.
Cherrix comes to UM SRH from the University of Virginia Health System (UVHS) in Charlottesville, Va., where he was the manager of the Cardiac Cath Lab. Previously, Cherrix was an invasive cardiology staff nurse for UVHS. Cherrix has more than 10 years of experience in the health care setting, having also worked in emergency care, intensive care and as a pre-hospital provider. Cherrix is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Nurses Association.
Cherrix received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and his Master of Business Administration in Executive Leadership/Health Care Administration from Wilmington University in Delaware. He completed his associate’s degree in nursing at Delaware Technical Community College.
Stephen Eisemann, director of Respiratory Care Services, filled the Heart and Vascular Center director position in an interim capacity following the retirement of Gary Jones in December 2019. Eisemann was promoted to director of Respiratory Care Services at UM SRH in October 2019.
Serving in the director of Respiratory Care Services capacity since October 2019, Eisemann is responsible for the operations and clinical oversight of the Department of Respiratory Care; Pulmonary Function Labs at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton; the Regional Sleep Disorders Center; Neurodiagnostics at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton; and three off-site diagnostic centers. Eisemann has been with UM SRH since 1998, when he began with UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as a respiratory therapist. 
Eisemann became the Chestertown hospital’s cardiopulmonary manager in 2000 and director of Inpatient Services in 2010. Prior to his current role as director of Respiratory Care Services, he served for six years as regional manager of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services for UM SRH.
Eisemann received his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy in 1993.
For more information, please visit

Bosom Buddies Charity Helps Fund Faxitron Purchase for Clark Comprehensive Breast Center

Staff of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Clark Comprehensive Breast Center recently met with Board Members of Bosom Buddies Charities to thank them for their continuing support. The Charity’s $30,000 sponsorship to the UM Shore Regional Health Sporting Clays Classic on October 24 helped purchase a Faxitron™ machine for the Breast Center. The Faxitron captures digital images of specimens during surgery that can be sent to Radiology immediately, thus reducing the time a patient is anesthetized.

“We are deeply grateful for Bosom Buddies Charities’ commitment to help ensure we have state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment,” says Charles T. Capute, board chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. “As an important technology used in breast surgery, the Faxitron™ helps our surgeons provide optimal care for each patient.”

In 2015, Bosom Buddies Charities completed an $88,000 pledge, which allowed the Center to purchase its first Faxitron™.

“Bosom Buddies Charities is proud to be a donor to the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center,” said Board Chair Claudia Boldyga. “The Breast Center meets our mission of promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, supporting treatment and celebrating healing. Our community appreciates all the hard work the Center team does so that patients can get the best possible care. We are honored to be a part of it.  ”

Last year, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center provided breast care to more than 3,100 patients, diagnosing more than 145 new cases of breast cancer.

KIFA has two new exhibits open through March 28th

KIFA is now open on Saturdays 11:00 to 3:00 pm for visitors for the rest of the month at least.
There are currently two shows hanging , “Reflections on Heroes of 2020” and “Home is where the HeART Is”. Show runs through March 28th. I have attached two show lists so you can view the images.
There is also the Quilt Raflle fundraiser going on at KIFA through July 1st. The Quilt consists of Hand Painted blocks of flowers, painted by several former or past KIFA Members, and hand sewn and quilted by a group of amish ladies. The quilt had been raffled before and won. When the owner passed away, her husband had it on display before in 1994 I believe. It has been appraised as well. Tickets are available on the KIFA website, for $5 a piece, 3 for $10, and 6 for $20. or at Kent Island Federation of Arts, 405 Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666.

Learn to start your own oyster garden

This spring, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be hosting a hybrid virtual and in-person workshop designed to teach you how to grow your own oysters.

Held via Zoom from 6–7pm on March 18 and on CBMM’s St. Michaels, Md., campus from 10am–noon on March 20, this oyster gardening program will provide attendees with all the information needed to successfully grow oysters off their own dock. Participants may register for just the virtual program for $25 or for both sessions for $200, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members on both options.

In the virtual class, participants will learn the practical aspects of oyster gardening and why oysters are so important for the Bay’s health. Participants are then invited to CBMM for the in-person workshop to construct their own oyster cages. All in-person workshop participants will leave with three cages, seed oysters, and the necessary components to start their own oyster garden. To learn more, and to register, visit

CBMM members play a critical role in supporting CBMM’s rich legacy of educational programs, fascinating and ever-changing exhibitions, and maintenance of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, and have access to exclusive discounts, perks, and programming. To learn more about becoming a CBMM member, visit

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