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National Garden Month

It’s the start of a new month…and a new season.  As we welcome April in, we look forward to warmer weather and the promise of longer days, green grass and new life, which makes it the perfect choice for National Garden Month. 
 
Gardens are an experience unlike any other.  Whether you choose to grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit or some combination of all of these, gardening can be the ultimate expression of patience, hope, and trust.  Think about it – you dig a hole in the ground, put a seed in it, cover it up and water it…and then you wait, trusting that that little seed will use the water and the soil nutrients to transform from a seed to a sprout and from there to a full blown plant that will provide beauty, food, or possibly both.  Gardening can be a source of much joy  - watching flowers bloom, enjoying food you grew yourself, watching your children’s awe as the seeds they planted sprout and bloom.  Full disclosure – they can also be a source of frustration (weeds anyone?!).  But at the end of the day, the good outweighs the bad – being able to plant a seed and watch it grow and enjoy the “fruits” of that labor. 

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Did you grow up with a garden?  Do you have one now?  We traditionally think of gardens as something that is found more in rural areas, but even if you live in a town or urban area you can have a “garden”, even if it is just in a pot or other container on the patio of an apartment! 

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As the weather warms, make a trip to a local garden center.  Most garden centers have already done the “hard work” for you, by selecting plants and seeds that are most likely to thrive in your area.  Pick out some flowers (perennials are great because you plant them once and they come back year after year!) and vegetables or fruit and try your hand at gardening.   And if you are not sure what “zone” you’re in, check out USDA’s interactive map to see what plant hardiness zone you live in!

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Do you have a garden already planted?  Are some of your early spring flowers and plants trying to make an appearance?  Feel free to share them on our Facebook page - we’d love to see them! 
 
Monday, April 01, 2019
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