Practical, Information Rich Resource for Local Gardeners

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The Tennessee Home Vegetable Gardener 2018 Calendar is a great resource for the local home gardener. It is a resource rich in practical information to assist anyone wanting to use methods specific to our particular area.

You can find the calendar here: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W436.pdf, or you can go to the UT Extensions publication page and search “Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden” as I’ve done here:

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This search gives you the following screen, from which you select the encircled link:

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So, what’s in the calendar? Here’s a quick rundown:

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Aside from having the conventional calendar, each month also has an information page full of what tasks are best done in any given month. The top page of any month spread includes a to do list as shown above, while the bottom page has the conventional calendar with key dates marked:

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The back of the calendar includes several indices for more specific notes to record crop yield, weather patterns and crop issues such as pest and disease problems:

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This resource is free as a pdf to anyone who wants to access the link above. It could be useful simply printed out on regular copy paper, but may be more practical printed out on card stock, or placed in a binder to better last throughout a whole year of gardening.

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Climate Change Indicators in the United States

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/climate_indicators_2016.pdf

The Environmental Protection Agency has put out a report detailing the effects of climate change on the nation. “Climate Change Indicators in the United States” “partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change”, from the site. Previous editions of the report can be found here.

The report includes greenhouse gases, ocean temperature changes, weather anomalies, snow and ice melt, health effects, and ecosystem effects. Number of cases of lyme’s disease and west nile virus in the U.S. are also included. There is no index in the back of the book, but the table of contents is very inclusive.

RadioReference.com

www.RadioReference.com

RadioReference.com is a large radio communications data provider. It lists live audio radio feeds for police and fire dispatches, along with local, county, and federal agency bands. Some international countries are also provided. A radio frequency database lists the frequency, license, description of the station, and agency type. Amateur radio feeds for emergencies are also provided. A list of amateur radio operators in the United States and their call signs can also be searched.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

http://www.almanac.com/

Ever wondered what the weather was like the day you were born or when you should plant those heirloom tomatoes?  The answers to these and many more interesting facts can be found at www.almanac.com.  From this website you can find information about weather, gardening, astrology, and cookery. 

Pollen and Mold Counts

http://www.allergymemphis.com/pollencount.html

This site provides a listing each day of the mold and pollen spores in the Mid-South. These figures are from the doctor’s office of  “Allergy and Asthma Care”. Mold, mildew, pollen and dust are measured “with a rotary device whose 3-inch rod measures the pollutants every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day”. Figures are arranged by low, medium, high, and very high.

Tennessee Crop Weather

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/State_Crop_Progress_and_Condition/current/current_tn.rtf

From the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, this website shows the weather conditions for crops in state of Tennessee weekly. From the site – “It includes degree days, temperature, precipitation, crop planting progress, crop development and harvesting progress”.