National Garden Month

This is My Garden

To help celebrate National Garden Month 2006, we've invited our visitors to share their garden tales with us. We hope you'll find inspiration in their stories and appreciate the pride of your fellow gardeners.


Getting Dirty - Jacqueline C.

I have gotten my love for gardening from my mother. She had tried for years to get me interested and finally I saw the love. One of my biggest thrills is getting my hands dirty from weeding and planting.

My first garden was around a deck and I have worked so hard to keep it spiffy. Many of the flowers that are in it are from my mom. I prefer planting perinials and bulbs.

I have since ventured into more spaces in the yard and created a front yard rock garden with a huge selection of plants. My favorite being the daylillies. I have Jacobs ladder, creeping phlox, hostas, and many that I have since forgotten the name but love regardless.

And, in the backyard a great area to sit and enjoy the the butterfly type garden I have tried to create. I need to put much work into it this year and plan on planting many kinds of sunflowers in the area this year. I haven\'t grown sunflowers before and am looking forward to their beauty also.

We also put out a vegatable garden every year that I love getting dirty in. My husband and boys help with this one. We all enjoy it.

There is nothing like bringing in fresh flowers and putting around the house and eating your own veggies. Much better than buying them...So it's a family thing that brings us together.

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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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