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.


Tradition - Thomas B.

I can't remember when my Dad didn\'t have a garden. We kids, all 8 of us, were raised on a farm, and the garden was our main source of food. Oh, we killed hogs and made sausage, had a few chickens, but Dad's garden was his pride and joy. Now that Dad has gone, I have continued the tradition since 1990. We moved to a larger lot, and tomorrow I am putting out the first crop, onions. You might be surprised how many people have never eaten anything but a hot-house tomato. When the time comes, and I distribute vegetables to our friends and neighbors, they treat me like I\'m some sort of magician. Yet, it's nothing more than my Dad's gardening rules and some hard work. It still works the same way today as it did back then.

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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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