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.


Always in Transition - Marilyn M.

My garden is an atypical "California-style English garden" & always in transition. It started when I had my front yard landscaped by a professional about 7 years ago & who worked with me on it. He agreed to redistribute present plants that had been in place for some 30 plus years. I wanted to save as many as I could so there were enough for both front & backyard and then some, which covered between one quarter & one third of an acre, part of which was hardscape, originally concrete patio. Since part of the house's exterior & two fireplaces on the interior were brick, I decided to have brick laid over the backyard concrete patio, to give continuity to the whole property, inside & out. Since the completion of the brick & concrete in the front & backyard, the rest is just "growing" like topsy. This means I don't envision that either yard will remain as is. The wonderful part of that is the vision for "tomorrow". My plants range from "birds of paradise" to "kangaroo paws", "daylilies, Peruvian lilies, agapanthus, asparagus (foxtail) ferns, English primroses, cyclamen, iron plant, black bamboo, dahlias, various ferns, black & split philodendron, et al. I don't how many of my present 73 plus years I will continue to plan, plant & grow my garden, hopefully as long as I live. It makes every season & year something to which I can look forward.

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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!

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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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