Despite warmer temperatures now, the cool start to the year placed many area agriculturists a little behind schedule.
Shoppers at the Zanesville Farmer’s Market had a little less to choose from the first few weeks as a result of the slow start. Market Manager Betty Tolliver expects the market’s selection to return to normal levels in the next couple of weeks but says mother nature has not given them many favors so far.
"The weather did not cooperate at all, even if they were growing things in the greenhouse, they still had some problems with heating the greenhouse because it stayed so cold," Tolliver said. "So product is very slow coming in. They’re about 15 days behind planting this year."
Members of the Muskingum County Master Gardeners are also noticing a slow start but urge planters not to give up hope on their plants just yet.
"This spring, one of our main pieces of advice is be patient because everything is a couple weeks late," said Sally Goins, a Master Gardener volunteer. "So if you have things that you think maybe aren’t going to come back, give them a little time, and see if they’ll turn out to be alive after all."
If you have questions you would like to ask the Master Gardeners, you can visit their booth at the Zanesville Farmer’s Market each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.