April is Gardening Month

Get in the gardening mood during gardening month with some ideas from Hobby Farms and the National Gardening Association.

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by Heidi StrawnFebruary 18, 2009

April is Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month, according to the National Gardening Association, and we’re in the mood:

  • Spring has officially arrived
  • We’re ready for sunny days (whether or not the weather cooperates!)
  • Your garden beds are ready to begin nurturing your plants¬†(with a little nurturing from you first, of course!)

What’s on your to-try list¬†this growing season?

Now’s the time …
…. to learn about some of the new gardening techniques, also suggested by the National Gardening Association, like:

  • Encourage beneficial insects by planting herbs and flowers throughout your gardens.
  • Propagate favorite shrubs, perennials and trees to put elsewhere on your property or to donate to a greening organization.
  • Incorporate native plants into your landscape.
  • Research least-toxic pest and weed control methods.
  • Create a pruning calendar/map for your yard.¬†
  • Start a compost¬†pile.
  • Learn about organic gardening, and give it a try.
  • Learn about water saving techniques and tools.
  • Clean your gardening tools; oil wooden handles, tighten heads, and sharpen blades.
  • Cut back on mowing by incorporating groundcovers, expanded perennial beds, even moss, to your lawn.
  • Vow to minimize pesticide use to protect wildlife, the water supply, and human health.

Gardening Month Events
Get inspired: Check out the National Gardening Association calender of events¬†to see what’s happening in your area or visit the Hobby Farms Events Calendar¬†for more activities.

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