101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month

It's About Good Food

  • Try "edible landscaping" by incorporating attractive edibles such as blueberry bushes and dwarf fruit trees into ornamental beds. Click here to read one gardener's experience with edible landscaping.
  • Start an herb garden indoors. Click here for "sage" advice on growing herbs inside.
  • Plant a fruit tree or berries to provide your family with nutritious, healthy fruit. For inspiration, click here for an article about growing blueberries.
  • Have a "slow food" lunch featuring locally grown, seasonal produce, and regional cheese and meat specialties. For more information about the Slow Food movement, click here.
  • Become an informed consumer by learning about food-related issues, such as genetic engineering and food irradiation.
  • Plant extra vegetables for freezing, canning, or storing.
  • Seek out neighbors from various ethnic groups to learn about their native cuisine and gardening techniques.
  • Buy local honey and support a beekeeper — or start keeping bees yourself! Click here for a beekeeping primer.
  • Organize a drive to collect excess garden produce from neighbors and donate them to your local food shelf.
  • Seek out and purchase locally grown foods.
  • Buy local produce and freeze or can it to use out of season.
  • Go to a pick-your-own berry or fruit farm.
  • Grow a salad garden with a child. Click here for some suggestions on getting started.
  • Encourage local schools and restaurants to purchase locally grown produce. Learn more about the Farm to Cafeteria initiative by clicking here.