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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Family Garden- Scott D

This is my first garden at my new house. I moved out from the city to be near my parents. As they grow older, our roles are reversing. One of my earliest childhood memories was the tending of the family garden. My mother's uncle would come out from the city on vacation and teach me about getting my hands dirty and how insects and plants work together. I have consulted with my parents on many aspects of the house including it's purchase, as a way to regroup as a family. Gardening will be a very important part of our lives this summer, as my father recovers from his bout with cancer. I'll be building a patio near the garden so we can reminisce about Uncle John and his perfect tomatoes.




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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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