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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True Treasure - Samantha A.

My dream came true when my husband and I were able to buy our first home in Seattle. The 1890 Farmhouse was hard to resist but it was really the garden that I adopted from the previous owner that made the new house a true treasure. She was a wild gardener, skilled in the ways of organic gardening an native plants. As abundant as the garden is, it is equally overgrowen, crowded, and chaotic.

I have found myself spending hours in the yard planning, creating, and imagining how the garden and I will grow together over the next few years.

Yesterday was the first day of Spring. I am truely looking forward to the hours I will spend in the garden as Spring and Summer take hold.




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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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