February 18, 2009
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.
Get Your Gardening On!
Here are some of our favorite gardening articles:
- Mix Your Own Soil
- Garden in Containers
- Garden Planning
- Grow & Sell Heirloom Tomatoes
- Visit Flower & Garden Shows
- Protect Your Garden
- Keep Squirrels Out!