National Garden Month

Tips for City Gardening

from Urban Gardening Expert William Moss

1. Grow houseplants. Houseplants enrich our lives with color and vitality, not to mention oxygen - all of which are especially important to those of us living in artificial environments of concrete and steel.

2. Grow dwarf varieties of plants to maximize your outdoor space. The miniature plants will help keep your garden in scale.

3. Use your vertical space. If you have a fence, railing, or a wall (that will support a trellis), green the area with beautiful vines, like morning glories and sweet peas. These living fences soften the urban landscape and are effective screens.

4. Involve children in the garden. Choose interesting, fun plants that offer colorful flowers or tasty treats. If you don't have children, volunteer at a local school garden. Gardening not only helps feed a child's curiosity and sense of wonder, it gives them real life experiences with the sciences: botany, meteorology, genealogy, geology, zoology, chemistry, mechanical physics, etc.

5. Visit local gardens, arboreta, and state parks throughout the year to get ideas and inspiration.

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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?

"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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