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.


Thrifty Gardener - Pat B.

The old New England farmhouse yard has been a work-in-progress for several years, since I am truly a lazy gardener and thrifty. To start a bed, I break up the sod some and turn it, then dump on chicken coop shavings and manure, then some lazy woman's compost to keep it from blowing around. The first bed started with iris corms from the previous house. I added some asiatic lilies, taken from the back of the house, so we could watch the hummingbirds up close. A friend invited me to divide her perennials, too. The next bed started with iris I purchased in memory of my father, This small bed by the front door gets the annuals I experiment with each year. My husband likes roses. Our northern climate and my lazy gardening called for some climbers. For his birthday, I bought 2 inexpensive wooden trellises and 2 hardy plants. I knew I would be the one to care for them. Next, a long bed appeared on the street side. The school fundraising got a boost from my purchase of 2 dicentra (which I have since divided). Wild strawberries from transplanted the field grow there and daylilies. Last year expanded to a strip along the rail fence my husband put up. I put in seeds a friend had gathered from her house. The birds leave their gift of sunflowers popping up here and there,too. I said I was thrifty!

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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?

"Now is the time to plant many of the grasses and wildflowers that are part of the "rainforest" in our area of the planet - the plains and prairies. The time to reaffirm our faith that there will indeed be a future. A time to remind ourselves that each of us has the right and the responsibility to create little spots of health on an ailing planet. A time to do our part, in the hope that our children and our children's children might have a chance to experience the joys of watching the earth wake up from a long winter's rest to flower into a beautiful spring."

-- Bill Neiman, Native American Seed

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