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.


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Planning Ahead - Lauren B.

I grew up in the South Bronx in a back apartment with no sun. My parents would take me and my brother every Saturday to the New York Botanical Gardens where I would plan what MY garden was going to look like when I grew up. Now I live in a house and I revel in my ability to grow whatever I want! I have so much variety jammed in so there is always something to look at, taste, or sniff! During the winter I watch the birds at the feeder and plan what I'm going to do as soon as the ground is workable. Then, I confound my husband by moving various plants to new places around the yard. I call my garden my health club and my therapist because I always feel my best when I am there. I would rather have a fountain instead of a fur coat or a pond instead of ever having my nails done! What I wouldn't do without so I could have a greenhouse....




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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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