New Master Gardener Volunteer Class Deadline Extended to December 31, 2019 (Repost)

The Ohio State University Extension Office of Muskingum County will be offering a new class to train Master Gardener Volunteers in 2020.  Classes will be held Tuesday evenings starting January 14 through April 21.  Class location is 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH.  Applications must be completed and returned to the Muskingum County Extension Office by December 31, 2019.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents, who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Questions can be directed to Clifton Martin, Extension Educator at 740-454-0144 or martin.2422@osu.edu.  A copy of the application may be picked up at the Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH.  The application is available online at https://muskingum.osu.edu/mgv.

Monday, November 18, 2019 Press Release

Zanesville, OH–We have discussed the Master Gardener program on many occasions lately because we were accepting new applications for the upcoming 2020 training class. We also just held the annual Master Gardener Banquet last week and were pleased to have Lori Swihart down from Licking County to deliver a presentation on how plants communicate. What comes as a surprise to many people is that it is possible for one tree to scavenge nutrients and supply those nutrients to other trees and plants that are nearby through roots and fungi in the soil. There is more going on underfoot in a forest than we often realize.

Have questions about Agricultural Law?  Our neighbors to the north in Coshocton County will be hosting a winter Ag Law Update with guest Peggy Hall, OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Director. This meeting will be held Dec 9, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Frontier Power Community Room located at 770 South 2nd Street in Coshocton, Ohio. Some of the legal topics which will be addressed include: farm leases, grain contracts, line fence law, noxious weeds, nuisance complaints, surface drainage rights, leasing land for hunting, and the legal aspects of growing hemp.  Contact the Coshocton County office to reserve a spot.  Read More…

Governor DeWine announced H2Ohio Water Quality Plan last week.  This is part of the continued on-going conversation about water quality issues in Ohio and the role that we all play in providing safe drinking water.  In Extension, we are following this development closely as it ties in closely with the challenge of managing phosphorus runoff.  Many partners across the state of Ohio will be involved in future efforts.  The H2Ohio announcement can be found here.

Save the date this winter for an Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop and Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School. OSU Extension will be offering two different events on January 30 and February 13. Daytime sessions run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and evening sessions run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Dr. Francis Fluharty returns to Ohio in January to teach the first sessions. Watch for more information from OSU Extension in the coming weeks. (http://u.osu.edu/beef/2019/10/30/ohio-beef-winter-programs-save-the-dates/)

A check on the weather shows 0.01 in of rain at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 3.88 inches and a total of 37.42 inches is recorded for the year. (https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KZZV.html)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Press Release

Zanesville, OH—The Master Gardener Volunteer Program has been in Ohio for many years and I had the opportunity last week to attend the state conference this year in Columbus. Volunteers from many counties around Ohio came out to learn from experience practitioners in the various horticultural endeavors. I sat in on a session about climate issues led by Dan Herms, a former professor at Ohio State who now works for one of our well-known tree management companies in Ohio. Why are tree companies interested in climate changes discussion? As climate patterns change, so do distribution of tree species and issues such as insect infestations and disease problems. This morning we have our first snow of the season on the ground, which makes it a bit odd to discuss a warming climate, but discuss we will. Changes constantly occur and climate is no different. One trend that is often observed in agricultural studies is that precipitation is documented as occurring in higher amounts over shorter periods of time. In other words, rain comes faster and harder. Temperature is often in the news as scientists document the overall warming of the planet. At the end of all these discussions is always the questions of what is the overall impact on our lives, if all that is said will indeed occur? Tough to say, but trees are one part of the ecosystem that could see great change, and have already, if weather patterns continue in a warming trend. Here in Ohio, we may see situations that more closely mirror current ecosystem patterns of southern states like Arkansas or Georgia.

The application period for the 2020 Muskingum County Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class closes this week. Thursday, November 14 is the last day to drop off applications at the Extension Office. (https://muskingum.osu.edu/mgv).

Save the date this winter for an Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop and Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School. OSU Extension will be offering two different events on January 30 and February 13. Daytime sessions run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and evening sessions run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Dr. Francis Fluharty returns to Ohio in January to teach the first sessions. Watch for more information from OSU Extension in the coming weeks. (http://u.osu.edu/beef/2019/10/30/ohio-beef-winter-programs-save-the-dates/)

A check on the weather shows 0.47 in of rain at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 4.31 inches and a total of 37.41 in is recorded for the year. (https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KZZV.html)

Clifton Martin, OSU Extension Educator, Agricultural and Natural Resources, Muskingum County