101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month
Dig Deeper and Branch Out
- Plan to grow this year's gifts (e.g. herbal
teas or vinegars,
flower arrangements, wreaths, homemade jam, pesto).
sit in your garden and quietly observe the activities of wildlife
and insects for half an hour.
- Take a class in botanical illustration.
- Learn about the
seed-saving movement and save some seeds from your garden to share
and replant. For a primer on seed saving, click
- Learn about houseplants that clean the air, and introduce
them to your home or workplace. Click
here for a brief article on the
- Start a garden journal.
- Join a botanical garden and take
some classes. Find one near you via the Web
site of the American Association of Botanical Gardens
- Learn about rooftop gardening and "greenroofing." Click
here for an introduction to greenroofing.
- Delve into a
gardening style or technique you've always wanted to try, such as
topiary, bonsai, or water gardening. Water gardening
basics can be found by clicking
- Become an informed consumer by learning about invasive
- Go on a sniffing tour of your neighborhood when
bloom is at its peak, and try to match an aroma in the air to
a specific flower.
- Press flowers and frame two-dimensional
bouquets for gifts.
- Go on a bug safari; learn the names and
habits of 5 invertebrates (e.g., insects, spiders, slugs, sowbugs,
centipedes) that frequent
your garden. Click
here to identify these creatures.
- Set up various types
of bird feeders stocked with different foods and a birdbath, and
see who they attract. For bird feeder basics, click
- Join a Master Gardener's program. Find one in your
area by clicking
- Learn some basic botanical Latin.
- Learn how to take stunning
photos of your plants and gardens. Click
here for some guidance.
- Take an armchair garden tour: Spend
a few hours in the bookstore poring over gardening books.
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
MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. Add four to six inches of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, beneath the entire root zone of trees and shrubs. Dona**t pile the chips near plant trunks, however. Mulch encourages healthier plants, reducing the needs for pesticides and fertilizers. Benefits of mulch: Retains moisture. Keeps soil temperature constant, reducing plant stress. Suppresses weeds. Gradually increases soil organic matter, feeding the soil. Attracts beneficial organisms that improve soil fertility and porosity. Protects roots and plants from mechanical injury. On hillsides and around rural homes, it suppresses the spread of brush fires."-- Fred Hoffman, producer-host KFBK/KSTE, Farmer Fred
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