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?

"Gardeners are the most joyously generous people I've ever met. I never leave a garden empty-handed; whether with seeds, plants, or a portion of the harvest (double in zucchini season). I always go away with more enthusiasm, courage, and wisdom than when I arrived. That's because real gardeners want other gardeners to succeed. The best gardeners grow other gardeners."

-- Therese Ciesinski, In the Dirt newsletter editor,

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