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  • April is National Garden Month!
    your favorite flowers or vegetables Let s take a look at some of these beneficial predatory insects so you can learn who your allies are How to Grow Daylilies Sure daylilies can be grown with the latest and greatest sprays fertilizers soil mixes greenhouses etc Do they need all that Not here in my central Ohio garden Sempervivum Basic Care An easy and inexpensive way to get started with sempervivums is to grow them in containers But that s not the only reason to plant them in containers All About Coleus Talk about beautiful foliage and versatility all in one plant Coleus can be used in your gardens containers patio gardens flower arrangements or even as a houseplant They can be trailing plants or bushy mounds The leaves can be lacy ruffled smooth twisted solid colors have contrasting edges or a kaleidoscope of colors big little round pointed In other words something for everyone Creating a Color Theme with Annuals Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year In one of my container beds I like to choose a specific color for the season There is a mix of plant material including annuals roses and tender perennials that are not winter hardy here Here s how it looks from year to year Every year produces a different impression depending on the color scheme Make Your Own Succulent Wreath The directions for making a succulent wreath are very simple The same method can be used for any topiary form using sedum or sempervivum The directions below are for using semps and a wreath frame Want more

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  • About National Garden Month
    the National Gardening Association resolved to extend the celebration to encompass the entire month of April National Garden Month was celebrated for the first time in 2003 Click here to view our archive of old press releases concerning National Garden Month Want to participate Click here to download our logo that you may use 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

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  • Share National Garden Month
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  • Contact the National Garden Month Administrators
    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 I garden because I cannot help myself I like the view out the window but it s more as if the garden is a perennial sermon or dharma talk a reminder to reflect that I m part of something bigger The

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    David Austin actually created an entirely new class of roses which he named English Roses He crossed old garden roses with modern cultivars to combine what he regarded as the best qualities of both He wanted to combine the graceful form charm and fragrance of the old roses with the disease resistance repeat bloom and colors of the modern hybrid teas How and Why to Prune Clematis If you ve ever seen a clematis that is one big mountain of tangled up stems it s almost enough to scare you away from growing them But let s take a look at why when and how these remarkable vines should be pruned and you ll find it s not as difficult as it seems Properly pruning clematises will yield the maximum quantity of flowers by stimulating new growth Pruning keeps the more vigorous vines under control If not pruned these large plants can literally tear down almost any support with their sheer weight Keeping vines pruned brings flowers down to eye level rather than at a top of a tall plant There Is an Iris for Every Garden Irises are the largest genus of the Iridaceae family with as many as 300 species many of which are thought to be natural hybrids Iris species are primarily native to the temperate northern hemisphere the majority from Europe and Asia The world of Irises is expansive with species native to some of the most extreme climates giving us an iris for just about any landscape or garden situation Roses and Clematises in a Small Natural Garden If you want your small city garden to evoke natural spaces and offer something to wildlife a classic combination of roses and clematises is perfect for you As both plants have noticeable life cycles from early buds to waterfalls of flowers followed by rosehips and seedpods they contribute to an ever changing picture and offer food to various insects and birds Lilies for the Garden Hybrid lilies genus Lilium are sorted into eight divisions that are based on their genetic background The most common and readily available lilies for the garden are from Division I Asiatic hybrids Division VI Trumpet hybrids Division VII Oriental hybrids and Division VIII Interspecific or hybrids that don t fit into any of the other seven divisions Plant Care Hostas Hosta is an easy to grow long lived shade loving perennial that is prized for its colorful leaves Other common names are plantain lily and funkia An ideal foliage plant for shady areas hosta grows well under deciduous trees in borders and as a ground cover Foliage height ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet with taller flower spikes appearing in early to mid summer Foliage colors range from chartreuse to deep blue green and many varieties have striking variegation Flower colors include white and lavender some flowers have a sweet scent Because hosta is a favored food of slugs snails and deer control measures may be required Plant Care Yarrow Yarrow

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    Essentials Learn all about how to grow the state vegetable of Louisiana and North Carolina Sweet potatoes are a long season tropical vegetable so it s no surprise that they re grown mostly in southern states However it s possible for northern gardeners to grow these tasty highly nutritious vegetables Eggplant Essentials Long and thin or round and fat eggplants range from egg to melon sized and come in a rainbow of colors including purple pink white orange and green They re used in hors d oeuvres main courses grilled dishes and pickled condiments Peppers The glistening greens of the leaves and the rainbow of colors of the ripening peppers red yellow orange green brown or purple make pepper plants an ornamental as well as delicious addition to the garden Sweet bell peppers go well with just about anything and are wonderful eaten right out of the garden while the hotter varieties spice up many recipes Stuffed peppers pickled peppers fried peppers peppers fit in deliciously everywhere Peppers like warmth so wait to plant until the soil and air temperature has warmed up reliably Beans Easy to grow beans are a favorite of home gardeners High in protein they are a staple in many cuisines There are thousands of varieties to choose from many of which have colorful seeds and colorful names Jacob s Cattle Painted Pony Vermont Appaloosa for example Kale The word kale often brings to mind an image of the purple and lime green frilly balls of ornamental kale in the garden But culinary kale is a different vegetable entirely There is an array of varieties available from smooth light green to crinkly almost black to Red Russian that turns purple red in cold weather Squash Summer squash are harvested when tender and still immature They re

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    fresher the berry the sweeter the taste Best Herbs for Teas An herb tea should never be flat and flavorless Whether it s fruity or spicy soothing or lively simple or sophisticated it needs taste and personality I found my homegrown mint lemon balm and chamomile were more flavorful than the herbal ingredients I could buy I also learned that many of the old fashioned beverage flavorers such as rose petals and toasted sunflower hulls are still delightful additions And for simple pleasures few things equal the fragrance and flavor of a few fresh leaves of lemon verbena steeped in boiling water Basil Varieties Common basil Ocimum basilicum includes a number of different basils most commonly used for cooking Growing Mint The mint family offers a tremendous diversity of refreshing scents and flavors for cooking beverages and potpourris Bumblebees and other pollinators are attracted to the delicate flowers that appear in mid to late summer Some varieties sport variegated foliage for added interest in the herb garden Growing Rhubarb Although technically a vegetable rhubarb is generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams Attractive and easy to grow rhubarb has a place in every home garden Blackberries Blackberries are among the easiest fruits to grow at home and their attractive berries are a welcome midsummer treat Raspberries Delicate raspberries are highly perishable and difficult to ship making them an expensive treat if purchased at a grocery store However they are easy to grow in a home garden providing abundant harvests of mouthwatering fruit in midsummer Want more Gardening Ideas See our past weeks Week 1 Flowers Week 2 Vegetables 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

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  • National Garden Month Quotes
    or with a group gardening is the ideal pastime for your physical and emotional health Zuzu Plants Admin All Things Plants One of the most inspiring things in life is to enjoy God s creation in the great outdoors The gardener knows this exhilaration personally getting such an up close view of nature creation and how it all works When we study nature or grow things in our garden we can see the Creator s awesome handiwork Watch a plant grow from a seed in the perfect order it was meant to and think with wonder of our God It is amazing how all things work together in nature isn t it Gardening is truly an awesome science May the joy of gardening be yours this season John Sarah and Family Owners Operators St Clare Heirloom Seeds In this stressful and crazy world taking time out to literally smell the flowers is the best thing we can do to reconnect with the Earth with nature with ourselves Stop Look around Put your hands in the soil get dirt under your nails Let your bare feet feel the green grass of spring Let the sun kiss your skin Breathe in the peace and joy of living Create Eden in your own yard Onalee Israel Onalee s Seeds LLC Working for the Kansas State Extension Service has given me an opportunity to interact with many gardeners Gardeners have this optimistic nurturing outlook on life They have their own unique ways of enjoying their passion The joy of gardening is just not in the success of growing plants but growing people I have learned this firsthand working with our dedicated Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners This dedicated group gives so much back to the community For me the joy of gardening is more than plants It s really about celebrating the people who garden Dennis Patton Horticulture Agent Johnson County Kansas State Research and Extension 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 If you can be anything be a flower bulb strong and beautiful even in the most adverse conditions Jenny San Filippo Operations Manager Tulip World During his imprisonment of 27 years Nelson Mandela and his colleagues refused to participate in prison work assignments Instead he spent his time tending a small garden on the prison rooftop consisting of about two dozen oil drums in which he grew the following vegetables Beans Chillies Beetroot Lettuce

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