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.


New Beginnings - Debra L.

Our garden is a work in progress, literally. We moved to the Willamette Valley in Oregon last fall after building a home here. Our move from Texas was not an easy one as both my husband and I were leaving memories of losing our previous spouses behind in Texas. This spring marks the tenth anniversary of our loss and the new beginning of our life here in Oregon.

Planning the garden and learning to garden in a totally new place became an adventure that has brought us even closer together starting last fall with 900 spring bulbs! Together we got them into the ground and now are able to enjoy the fruits of that effort as the crocus are now blooming and the daffoldils are about to burst open and the tulips are up. The rest of the garden is shaping up in small ways. A few rhododendrons here some pine trees there and a small fruit orchard of some apple and cherry trees.

As the year progresses so will the bones of a lovely garden will appear as the ornamental trees and shrubs are put into their places followed closey by annuals and perennials and a new experience for both of us, a vegetable garden. Hurray for new beginnings!!




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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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