National Garden Month

A look back at a National Garden Month week:

It's the final week of National Gardening Month, 2018! Each week this month we will share our favorite articles about growing different kinds of plants.

Week 4: Celebrating Gardening with Ideas

Thumb of 2014-07-11/dave/97f86eOur Herb Spiral

When visitors come up our driveway, one of the first things they see is our herb spiral, which is prominently situated just inside our "Zone 1" environment. They always ask us for details: What is this? and, Why is this bed in the shape of a spiral? It's always fun for me to explain the thinking behind this innovative garden design, and I'm glad to share the concept with you today.

Thumb of 2011-08-10/wildflowers/091173Welcoming Beneficial Insects to the Garden

Nature is filled with a wide variety of beneficial insects whose diet consists mainly of the little pests that invade your gardens. Yes, there really are "good bugs" and they are a great way to combat the pests that are ready and waiting to devour and destroy your plants. Some of these good guys may have been hanging around and you didn't realize they were actually keeping pests off of your favorite flowers or vegetables. Let's take a look at some of these beneficial predatory insects so you can learn who your allies are.

How to Grow Daylilies

Sure, daylilies can be grown with the latest and greatest sprays, fertilizers, soil mixes, greenhouses, etc. Do they need all that? Not here, in my central Ohio garden.

Thumb of 2013-02-11/goldfinch4/1dff83Sempervivum Basic Care

An easy and inexpensive way to get started with sempervivums is to grow them in containers. But that's not the only reason to plant them in containers.

Thumb of 2012-01-15/goldfinch4/d84127All About Coleus

Talk about beautiful foliage and versatility all in one plant! Coleus can be used in your gardens, containers, patio gardens, flower arrangements or even as a houseplant. They can be trailing plants or bushy mounds. The leaves can be lacy, ruffled, smooth, twisted, solid colors, have contrasting edges, or a kaleidoscope of colors, big, little, round, pointed. In other words, something for everyone!

Thumb of 2014-01-19/Joannabanana/24b63bCreating a Color Theme with Annuals

Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden? Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think. One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year.

In one of my container beds, I like to choose a specific color for the season. There is a mix of plant material, including annuals, roses and tender perennials (that are not winter hardy here). Here's how it looks from year to year. Every year produces a different impression, depending on the color scheme.

Thumb of 2010-03-27/goldfinch4/e92635Make Your Own Succulent Wreath

The directions for making a succulent wreath are very simple. The same method can be used for any topiary form using sedum or sempervivum. The directions below are for using semps and a wreath frame.

Want more Gardening Ideas? Check out:

Week 1: Flowers
Week 2: Vegetables
Week 3: Herbs and Fruit

When You Garden, You Grow!

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place!

About National Garden Month

Why Garden?

"Now is the time to plant many of the grasses and wildflowers that are part of the "rainforest" in our area of the planet - the plains and prairies. The time to reaffirm our faith that there will indeed be a future. A time to remind ourselves that each of us has the right and the responsibility to create little spots of health on an ailing planet. A time to do our part, in the hope that our children and our children's children might have a chance to experience the joys of watching the earth wake up from a long winter's rest to flower into a beautiful spring."

-- Bill Neiman, Native American Seed

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