Get In The Garden


Not only does April bring Earth Day, but it is also National Garden Month.  Each April, the National Gardening Association (NGA), sponsors National Garden  Month to encourage individuals to garden. I thought this was a good time to  encourage those who have been thinking about gardening to go ahead and take the  plunge. And, for those who are getting a slow start, I want to remind you that  it is time to get back in the garden.

There are so many reasons that people garden. Some do it because they love  fresh floral bouquets and in spite of the high prices we pay to buy flowers,  they are relatively simple to grow.

For those who just aren’t sure where to start and need some ideas and  inspiration, as the weather keeps getting warmer, you can find inspiration by  visiting local botanic gardens. You might want to consider becoming a  member of your local garden because they can provide you with resources all year  long. They offer seasonal garden classes, year-round programs, plant sales, and  most have local garden clubs that focus on almost every kind of plant or flower  that you can think of.

Others garden strictly to grow their own food so that they can ensure they are getting  organically grown produce, and because they want to know exactly what goes into  their food.

If you have wanted to try growing your own food but are feeling overwhelmed  and aren’t sure where to start, start small. Don’t think that you need to plant  the entire area that you have available. Start by growing some of your  favorite, easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs.

My biggest piece of advice for new edible gardeners is to grow what you like  and grow only what you will eat. It sounds so simple, but, many new gardeners  get so wrapped up in the idea of growing all of their own food, and see this as  the time to try eating new things, that they forget about what it might take to  grow those things. Once you get comfortable growing produce, then you can  gradually keep incorporating more and more as time goes on.

Regardless of whether you grow beautiful flowers or fresh food, the other  reason that I garden is because it gets me out of the office, away from my  computer, and out in the fresh air and gives me exercise at the same time.

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Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and off brand paper towels

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