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Ask a Master Gardener: Check Out This Monthly Gardening Calendar

Q: Is there a good gardening calendar that I can download to remind me of monthly gardening tasks?

A: Glad you asked! The UT-TSU extension has just published its 2022 calendar. It is available at: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W436.pdf. This calendar was developed to help gardeners in Tennessee be successful.

Here are some other great things to do this month to make your garden a success this year:

• Remove those pruners from the wall and see if they need some attention. Lubricate the pivot with somelight oil and sharpen it. This is a great YouTube video on sharpening pruning shears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vvBkPQZzOU. The sharp garden tools are so much better to use than the blunt ones and you will notice the difference! Pruning tree branches will be so much easier and the pruned area will heal much faster for plant or tree improvement. And your shoulders won’t be so sore from the effort.

Your garden hoes and shovels could also be sharpened. You’ll also notice the difference when you start digging in our famous Northeast Tennessee red clay or digging small roots. Here’s another great YouTube video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3mrlMfTZos

• Go online or extract the seed catalogs you got last fall and start planning your spring plantings. Remember the saying from last summer: “Good preparation prevents poor performance. “

• Speaking of planning, it is always helpful to have a diagram of your garden plot. Now is a good time to sketch your garden and even plan where you want to place your flowers or vegetables for the year. A good start is this handy guide to planning your vegetable garden on the University of Illinois Extension website: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/vegguide/step02.cfm.

If you have the resolve to finally get your garden or flower garden in order, UT-TSU Extension also offers a printable guide to landscaping design to get you started. Find out here: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W869.pdf.

The above should keep the garden busy until January for year round success!

Your friendly Master Gardener.

• If you have a question for Master Gardeners, submit it to us on our website at www.netmga.net. Click on the link at the top of the page, “ASK A MASTER GARDENER”, to submit your question. Questions that are not answered in this column will be answered by a master gardener at the contact details you provide.

• It’s a new year and a new master gardener training is getting ready to begin. Registration is open for our 2022 Master Gardener training program. Classes start January 25 and the registration deadline is January 14, so don’t wait to register. Call the UT-TSU Extension Office for Sullivan County at 423-574-1919 or the UT-TSU Extension Office in Washington County at 423-753-1680 for more information and how to register. It’s fun, informative, and a great way to meet people who share your love of gardening. Call today. Hope to see you on January 25!

• If you have a question for Master Gardeners, submit it to us on our website at www.netmga.net. Click on the link at the top of the page “ASK A MASTER GARDENER” to submit your question. Questions that are not answered in this column will be answered by a master gardener at the contact details you provide.

The Master Gardener program is offered by the University of Tennessee Extension. The objective of the Master Gardener program is to train volunteers trained in horticulture. These volunteers work in partnership with the local extension office in their counties to expand educational awareness, providing home gardeners with research-based information.