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.


Puttin' a Hit on the Trees - Jan B.

I arrived in northern Vermont July 1978. Unaware of how harsh winters are. I bought 20 acres of planted Norwegian Spruce. After 25 years I relized that my trees weren't growing that they were dying. So I told my husband and we put a hit on them. We went to Fla for a month and when we came home the trees were gone. The logger sent us a nice bonus (that I had to pay taxes on). We then put money back into the yard having it stumped. We have planted all kinds of grass and hope to plant corn, pumpkins, beans, give away to people on the highway. The soil is purt sand, so I bought a dumptruck load of manure. The best part of this story is I have a gorgeous view of the mountains I never knew was there. I also have people rubbernecking at our yard. Everyone is wondering what we are going to do with it. We are going to grow old together and try to feed the animals and the locals.

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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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