Freeze Forecast

It’s that time of year…a frost can anytime.  I put the second week of October as a likely candidate for a first frost…

Probability of Earlier Date in Fall Than Indicated
Temperature Earliest 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Latest
36 09/21 09/23 09/30 10/02 10/03 10/06 10/10 10/13 10/16 10/19 10/24
32 09/23 10/02 10/08 10/11 10/13 10/17 10/18 10/21 10/24 10/27 10/31
28 10/03 10/11 10/17 10/19 10/25 10/29 10/30 11/02 11/02 11/09 11/12
24 10/20 10/23 11/03 11/05 11/08 11/10 11/12 11/14 11/18 11/23 12/04
20 11/04 11/05 11/11 11/14 11/17 11/21 11/25 11/29 12/10 12/14 12/24


This data is reported at the Zanesville Airport weather station.

Midwestern Regional Climate Center

cli-MATE: MRCC Application Tools Environment

Generated at: 9/27/2021 2:53:35 PM CDT

Tomato Facts

“An application of a starter fertilizer at transplanting will help tomato plants grow faster and flower sooner.”

“In addition to starter fertilizer, tomatoes need 2 to 3 pounds of a complete fertilizer, such as 6-24-24, 6-12-18, and 8-16-16 per 100 square feet of garden area, or apply fertilizer based on soil test recommendations.”

“Determinate (D) tomato plants grow to a certain height and then stop. They also flower and set all their fruits within a relatively short period of time. This is an advantage if the tomatoes are being grown primarily for canning purposes. Determinate plants tend to be smaller plants, and are better suited for caging, staking, or containers.”

“Heirloom tomatoes are gaining popularity. There are quite a few good heirloom varieties that are worth noting. Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, and Rutgers are several popular heirloom varieties.”

“Another characteristic to look for when choosing tomato cultivars is disease resistance. Many cultivar names are followed by one or more letters indicating resistance to Verticillium wilt (V), Fusarium wilt (F), nematodes (N), Tobacco Mosaic Virus (T), Alternaria stem canker (ASC), and Septoria leaf spot (L).”

“Blossom-end rot is characterized as a dry, sunken, black spot or area on the blossom end of the fruit (Figure 10). This problem is not caused by an infectious disease, but rather an insufficient supply of calcium in the fruit due to cold soil, pH imbalance, water stress, excessive nitrogen, and possibly limited availability of calcium in soil.”

“Poor fruit set can be caused by extreme temperatures, drought, shading, and excessive nitrogen applications.”

The above quotes are from Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden, HYG-1624.

Resources for Spring Gardening and Landscaping

The Basics of Pruning Trees and Shrubs | UNH Extension

March Gardening Tips | UNH Extension

Soil Testing for Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens | Ohioline

Interpreting a Soil Test Report | Ohioline

Soil Sampling Instructions — Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

Pruning Blueberry Bushes in the Home Garden | Ohioline

Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines | Ohioline

Raspberries for the Home Fruit Planting | Ohioline

The Living Landscape Speaker Series

January 15th@10AM  Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

January 22nd@1PM  Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife

January 29th@10AM  Debra Knapke: Eco-Conscious Gardening: From Concept to Design

February 6th 10AM – 12:00PM Rick Darke: Dynamic Design and The Art of Observation

Join fellow gardeners and nature enthusiasts for The Living Landscape Speaker Series. All sessions are free via Zoom, but preregistration is required. Find detailed program descriptions below.

Register here for the first three sessions. Check back on January 15th for the link to register for our final session with Rick Darke.

The Living Landscape Speaker Series is co-sponsored by OSU Entomology and The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, in cooperation with the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden Volunteers. Funding is provided in part by the Manitou Fund and NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant.

Link to article source and more information

Live @ Noon

The following are the links and resources that I mentioned during the Live at Noon program on WHIZ TV on October 11, 2017.

Soil Testing

We provide soil test kits for $9.00 at the Extension Office.  The kit contains a mailing pouch, a sample bag, and the necessary paperwork for processing.  The customer purchases the kit and is then responsible for collecting and mailing their own sample.

Directions for using the soil kits provided by Muskingum County Extension

Soil Testing For Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens

Interpreting a Soil Test Report

More Soil Sample Fact Sheets

Penn State Soil Analytical Lab

Contents of the soil test kit include the mailer, paperwork, and sample bag.


Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council