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It's National Garden Month

Jennifer Smith

Posted on April 03 2018

Declared by Ronald Reagan in 1986 as a week-long celebration, National Garden Month takes place each April to celebrate gardening and the beauty of vibrant spring flowers. In 2002, the National Gardening Association extended the celebration to four weeks instead of one as originally declared; and kicked-off the month-long gardening celebration officially in 2003. 

We celebrate National Garden Month in April because we are ALL anxious to get outside and enjoy the nice weather; and what better way to do it then to grow our own organic garden? Starting a backyard garden can yield a month's worth of fresh vegetables and fruits to feed a family of four -free from chemicals and pesticides. And, if properly cared for, organic gardens will continue to sprout year-round.

Here is a brief list of plants to sow and grow in April:

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Radish
  • Turnips
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Basil

In addition to April's flower, the sweet pea, there are many plants to grow in April including:

There are many flowers, trees and shrubs to grow in April including: 

  • Pansy
  • Hellebore
  • Redbud
  • Lilac
  • Iris
  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Bluestar
  • Azalea

Growers will need to take the necessary measures for wildlife management including: building a 7.5-8' high deer fence; applying tick sprays on lawns; and planting deer-resistant flowers and herbs. The above list of veggies and fruits are liked by both deer and rabbits; so, it's important to protect gardens with these tips. For rabbit and squirrel control, gardeners should trench rodent barrier fences at least 6 inches in the ground to halt burrowing efforts made by small critters. 

This National Garden Month, we encourage gardeners to get outside and plant something, anything for the love of gardening!