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.


Garden Wish - Marian Z.

I live in Ulster County in New York and have the bad luck of deers destroying my gardens each year. I have tried the old wives tales of soap and eggs as well as new deer spray deterants which usually with the breezes ends up on me a lot more than the flowers and bushes, oh yes of course a sudden unexpected rain fall occurs after I sprayed. I had a beautiful stone wall that the plowers thought would stand up to their monster-like shovel, but has not. I would love to create a tranquil environments that is secluded from the deer world and passing cars where plants can be protected, weeds can be kept at bay, and my family isn't on exhibit. Not a huge space, but a special place with rocks, and stones and shading trees, colorful flowers and unusual planters. A place where slugs and bugs can be kept at a minimal. A place where my mom can visit and have a lovely siesta. A place where I can entertain and have it be a memorable occasion. I love where I am and only wish to have a lovely garden and not a garden to feed the wilds.

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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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