National Garden Month

101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month

New Techniques and Timely To-Do's

  • Encourage beneficial insects by planting herbs and flowers throughout your gardens. For more on beneficial insects click here.
  • Propagate your favorite shrubs, perennials, and trees to put elsewhere on your property or to donate to a greening organization. To learn about propagating perennials through division, click here.
  • Incorporate as many native plants as possible into your landscape. For more information, visit the National Wildlife Foundationís Backyard Habitat site.
  • Get to know your lawn as a garden of grass. Discover what kind of turfgrass you have and what kind of care it needs for best results. Youíll find lawn care guidance here.
  • Research least-toxic pest and weed control methods. Click here for tips on vegetable garden pest control.
  • Learn about the benefits of compost tea, and brew your own. Click here to find out more.
  • Create a pruning calendar/map for your yard.
  • Start a worm composting bin, indoors or out. To learn more about worm composting, click here.
  • Test your soil so that you can add just what your plants need to thrive. Click here to learn more about soil testing.
  • Learn to use fertilizer properly to protect the water supply from nutrient pollution. For basic information and tips on building soil fertility, click here.
  • Start a compost pile. To learn how, click here.
  • Learn about organic gardening, and give it a try. Click here to learn more about it.
  • Learn about water saving techniques and tools. For watering tips, click here.
  • Clean your gardening tools; oil wooden handles, tighten heads, and sharpen blades. Click here for step-by-step instructions for sharpening and cleaning your garden tools.
  • Cut back on lawn mowing by incorporating groundcovers, expanded perennial beds, even moss, to your lawn. For instructions on planting groundcovers, click here.
  • Vow to minimize pesticide use to protect wildlife, the water supply, and human health. A low-maintenance landscape needs little intervention. Click here to learn more about creating one.

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?

"Working for the Kansas State Extension Service has given me an opportunity to interact with many gardeners. Gardeners have this optimistic, nurturing outlook on life. They have their own unique ways of enjoying their passion. The joy of gardening is just not in the success of growing plants but growing people. I have learned this firsthand working with our dedicated Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners. This dedicated group gives so much back to the community. For me the joy of gardening is more than plants. It's really about celebrating the people who garden."

-- Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent, Johnson County Kansas State Research and Extension

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