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.


Not Yet a Garden - Rachelle O.

I don't have a garden in reality. What I have is my grandmas old house, and the 3 or 4 remnants left of the once lush plants she so carefully pruned. They haven't been taken care of, since she died years ago.

There are 3 rose bushes. I cut them back with my eyes closed last fall, this was the first time I've pruned anything, let alone the gigantic responsibility of potentially killing one of the remaining plants in the yard.

They are already coming in green and healthy looking. I almost wept with gratitude. I think my grandma did too.

Already budding, is what I believe is a magnolia tree. There is no grass at it's roots, I'm not sure if it's because of the shaded canopy, or it it just likes the smell of damp earth.

We just received a composter for Christmas. So I know one way or another, this not yet a garden, that once was, is here to stay.

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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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