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Extension offers free download of 2018 gardening calendar
Dec. 15, 2017, 8:06 a.m.

Dec. 15, 2017 – Home gardeners and growers across the state should enjoy a new resource in 2018 available free from University of Tennessee Extension.

The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar has been developed by the UT Extension Fruit and Vegetable Workgroup to help users create a comprehensive plan for home vegetable gardens.

Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, UT Extension plant sciences expert, says, “We are excited about this new calendar because it can support both new and experienced gardeners with schedules, tips and information on vegetable varieties for the garden.”

The calendar includes tips for scheduling planting, harvest and general management. It is formatted like a regular calendar, to be printed and displayed in a convenient area or for use on a computer throughout the year. Also included in the calendar are monthly tasks for growers and an area for taking notes about that month’s weather and crop observations. The calendar is area-specific as well, with suggestions for East, Middle and West Tennessee.

The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar is available for download from the UT Extension website, and the final pages of the file include management templates for crops, climate, pests and diseases. The file also includes fillable boxes that enable it to be used as an electronic record keeping system for gardeners who do not wish to print the file.

Go here to download a copy of the Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden 2018 Calendar.

The PDF also contains links to connect readers to other UT Extension gardening resources, denoted by green text throughout the calendar.

Tennessee State Parks offer "First Day Hikes" Jan. 1
Dec. 12, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Dec. 12, 2017 – Make a New Year’s resolution to hike at a Tennessee State Park on Jan. 1. Fifty-five state parks will offer a free, guided hike as part of the annual nationwide ‘First Day Hikes’ event.

From midnight hikes to historical tours to kayak paddles, Tennessee State Parks offer a unique activity for every outdoor enthusiast,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of parks and conservation at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Our First Day Hikes can be the beginning of a New Year’s resolution for better health and wellness in 2018.”

Hikes will be offered at some parks on Dec. 31 and throughout the day on Jan. 1. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and will be more strenuous.

Tennessee State Parks’ First Day Hikes are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

Last January, more than 60,000 people took part in a First Day Hike across the country. Tennessee State Park visitors are encouraged to share photos from their hike on social media with the hashtag #resolutiontohike.

For more information, including a list of every hike statewide, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-day-hikes .