10 Ways You Can Celebrate National Garden Month

April is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to celebrate National Garden Month! That’s right…the weather is warming up and it’s the perfect time to get your hands dirty and indulge in the many joys and benefits of gardening. 

Larissa and I have experimented with vegetable gardening over the years. We’ve had some very knowledgeable gardeners on the show in the past, including our friends Augie Sanchez (The Unkempt Gardener) and Megan Cain (The Creative Vegetable Gardener). These days, however, we’re sticking to flower gardens and a few herbs as they are easier for us to keep up with. 

Whether you’re cultivating a lush flower garden, starting a vegetable garden, or simply looking to green up your living space, the entire month of April is dedicated to celebrating the beauty that gardening brings into our lives. In this episode of our podcast, we discuss some benefits of gardening for you and our planet and give you 10 ways to celebrate National Garden Month.

No time to listen? No problem!  Read on for a quick summary of everything we discuss.

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10 ways to celebrate national garden month

8 Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is much more than a hobby or a way to beautify your surroundings; it’s an activity that benefits your health, the environment, and your community. Here are 8 benefits of gardening that show how rewarding getting your hands dirty can be.

1. Enhances Physical Health

Gardening is a physically engaging activity that can improve your overall physical health. It involves various forms of exercise, including digging, planting, weeding, and watering, contributing to physical fitness. Regular gardening activities can improve flexibility, strength, and endurance and even help with weight management.

2. Promotes Mental Well-Being

The psychological benefits of gardening are well-documented. Engaging with plants and soil can reduce stress, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and promote a sense of peace and well-being. Nurturing plants and watching them grow can also create feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment.

person gardening

3. Improves Diet and Nutrition

Much like cooking at home is one of the freshest ways to eat, vegetable gardening offers a healthy way to enjoy fruits and vegetables. Growing your food can help you consume a wider variety of nutrients and encourage you to eat more fresh produce. Knowing that you’ve grown these vegetables yourself can make them taste even better.

4. Connects You with Nature

Gardening strengthens your connection to nature, fostering an appreciation for the rhythm of the seasons and the intricacies of the natural world. This connection can increase awareness of environmental issues and promote sustainable living practices.

5. Encourages Learning and Skill-Building

Gardening is a lifelong learning experience. Gardeners constantly learn new skills, from understanding plant needs to mastering landscape design. It also offers endless opportunities for creativity and experimentation.

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6. Benefits the Environment

Gardens play a crucial role in supporting biodiversity by attracting and providing habitats for birds, insects, and other wildlife. Gardening practices such as composting contribute to soil health, reduce waste, and lessen your carbon footprint.

7. Enhances Social Connections

Gardening can be a communal activity whether through sharing surplus produce, participating in community gardens, or attending garden center seminars. It offers a way to connect with others who share your interests and can lead to strong community bonds.

8.  Boosts Curb (and Backyard) Appeal

A well-maintained garden is a source of beauty and tranquility. Larissa and I enjoy putting on some 70’s soft rock and hanging out on our front porch watching the neighborhood kids play while we overlook our beautiful flower boxes. Plants can transform your living space, create a welcoming atmosphere, and increase property value. The aesthetic pleasure derived from a garden can enhance quality of life and provide a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

our garden flower boxes
Our Flower Boxes

Gardening offers a unique blend of physical, mental, and environmental benefits that can enrich your life in numerous ways. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started, the rewards of gardening are bountiful and far-reaching, making it a worthwhile endeavor for everyone.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Garden Month

Here are 10 ways that you can help celebrate the season! 

1. Visit Your Local Garden Center

Kick off National Garden Month by visiting a garden center near you. It’s the perfect place to find your favorite plants and get inspired. Garden centers often have a wide selection of pots, gardening supplies, and plants, making it easier to start or expand your garden.

2. Explore the Benefits of Gardening

Take some time this month to learn about the benefits of gardening. From reducing stress to improving your home’s curb appeal, gardening offers numerous rewards. Educational activities or public events focused on gardening can provide valuable insights into these benefits.

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Some of the flowers we recently planted

3. Attend Garden Center Seminars

Many garden centers offer seminars throughout National Garden Month. These educational activities cover a wide range of topics, from vegetable gardening to creating beautiful flower arrangements with individual flowers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts and meet fellow gardening enthusiasts.

4. Prepare for Warmer Weather with a Vegetable Garden

The arrival of warmer weather makes April the perfect time to start a vegetable garden. From planting to harvesting, growing your own fresh vegetables offers a sense of accomplishment and connection to the earth. Look out for plant sales at your garden center to get the best deals on seeds and young plants.

5. Get Your Hands Dirty in a Flower Garden

There’s no better way to celebrate National Garden Month than by getting your hands dirty planting a flower garden. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant colors of tulips or the delicate beauty of daisies, a visit to your local garden center can help you select the perfect individual flowers for your space.

6. Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April each year. Unofficially begun in Nebraska in 1872 and designated an official observance there in 1874, Arbor Day was eventually adopted nationwide as a day to appreciate (and plant) trees. Many schools now participate in Arbor Day events as a way to teach children the importance of trees and preserving the environment. 

Check for local events that give away trees on Arbor Day, or visit a garden center near you to pick out a tree for your yard. 

7. Start Composting

Fertilizer is essential for plants to grow healthy and strong. Chemical fertilizers, however, are detrimental to the environment, so natural, organic options are best. Composting offers a way to create “black gold”–pure, organic material that will provide nutrients to your flowers, trees, vegetables, and herbs. 

If you have the space, you can create a compost pile in a corner of your yard. For smaller spaces, compost bins are available in various sizes. 

8. Organize a Community Plant Sale

Bring your community together by organizing a plant sale. It’s a great way to share your love for gardening, exchange your favorite plants, and pick up new gardening supplies. Public events like these foster a sense of community and make gardening accessible to everyone.

9. Refresh Your Selection of Pots

As you celebrate National Garden Month, consider refreshing your selection of pots. A new pot can give your favorite plant a fresh look and enhance the overall appearance of your garden or home. Garden centers offer a variety of styles and sizes to fit any type of garden.

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Repotting some of our existing flowers

10. Engage in Public Events and Educational Activities

Throughout National Garden Month, engage in public events and educational activities offered by garden centers, community groups, and botanical gardens. These events are perfect for learning new gardening techniques, discovering the latest in gardening supplies, and celebrating the joys of gardening with others.

We hope that the benefits we shared along with 10 ways to celebrate National Garden Month have helped inspire you to get out there and get your hands dirty! By celebrating National Garden Month in these meaningful ways, you’re not only getting healthy but also enriching your life and community with the beauty and benefits of gardening.

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