What a crazy winter here in Ohio. It’s almost 70°F today and will be 20°F tomorrow! Overall, I’m happy about the milder winter we’ve had so far. With such a springlike day as today, I can’t help but wonder how it will affect our weather this summer and growing season. As a gardener, I know how important it is to keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly. Luckily, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its spring weather outlook, so we can get a head start on planning our gardens and getting our families excited about growing fruits and vegetables together.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, spring as a whole has the potential to be a warmer-than-normal period across much of the U.S. But, colder-than-normal in the northwestern regions. Precipitation looks to be on the wetter side from the West through the Plains and into the Midwest, which would be good news for us in Ohio. In the southwest and far south, expect a drier weather pattern.
In addition to weather predictions, The Old Farmer’s Almanac also provides information on Daylight Saving Time and the Full Worm Moon. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023, which means we will lose an hour of sleep. To prepare your family for the adjustment, try gradually shifting your schedule forward by 15 minutes each night leading up to the change.
The Full Worm Moon, which reaches peak illumination on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, marks the beginning of spring. The name “Worm Moon” refers to the larvae that begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees at this time. It’s a good reminder that it’s time to start planning our gardens and getting our hands dirty.
And speaking of gardening, did you know that getting outside and gardening is not only a fun hobby but also a great way to improve your health? Gardening is a physical activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Plus, involving your kids in the process can encourage kids to try new foods and eat healthier.
If you’re new to gardening, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a Frost Date Calculator that can help you determine when to plant based on your zip code. The last Akron, Ohio spring frost date will be April 30, and the first fall frost date in Akron, Ohio will be October 22, with a growing season of 174 days.
Remember, frost dates are estimated based on historical climate data and are not set in stone. But, they can still be a useful guide when planning your garden. Keep an eye on your local weather forecast and plan to protect tender plants accordingly.
Overall, I’m excited for the warmer months ahead and all the opportunities they bring to grow and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables with my family. Let’s get outside, get our hands dirty, and enjoy the health benefits of gardening together!
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