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How to Celebrate National Lawn and Garden Month

Poet T.S. Eliot begins his masterpiece poem “The Wasteland” with a very memorable line: “April is the cruelest month…”

We gardeners would disagree, considering that April is National Lawn and Garden Month…not a cruel month at all. And this April, communities, organizations and individuals nationwide will celebrate everything and anything gardening.

As the experts and gardeners know, nurturing plants has great benefits, including attitudes towards health and nutrition, better performance at school for both children and adults, and a growth of spirit across the community.

So to help celebrate National Lawn and Garden Month, we’ve compiled a list of gardening activities for every day in April.

The following lists of activities from the National Garden Association will help you make the world a greener, healthier and more livable place during National Lawn and Garden Month:

April 1: Organize or take part in a town beautification day.

April 2: Visit your local farmers’ market.

April 3: Compliment a neighbor on his or her garden.

April 4: Get together with neighbors to purchase compost and mulch in bulk quantities.

April 5: Green up your street or a local park by picking up trash.

April 6: Celebrate other important “green” holidays such as Earth Day (April 22) and National Arbor Day (April 26).

April 7: Start a neighborhood garden club.

April 8: Have fun doing a gardening project with a child.

April 9: Design and plant a bird-friendly garden.

April 10: Grow a “multicultural” garden.

April 11: Plant a garden to attract native butterflies.

April 12: Plant flowers that bloom at dusk, including moonflower, night-blooming phlox, and evening primrose.

April 13: Garden at your workplace.

April 14: Plant a garden that reflects your family's or the region's cultural heritage.

April 15: Just sit in your garden and quietly observe the activities of wildlife and insects for half an hour.

April 16: Learn about houseplants that clean the air, and introduce them to your home or workplace.

April 17: Delve into a gardening style or technique you've always wanted to try, such as topiary, bonsai, or water gardening.

April 18: Become an informed consumer by learning about invasive plants.

April 19: Go on a sniffing tour of your neighborhood when bloom is at its peak, and try to match an aroma in the air to a specific flower.

April 20: Take an armchair garden tour: Spend a few hours in the bookstore poring over gardening books.

April 21: Learn how to take stunning photos of your plants and gardens.

April 22: Earth Day! Vow to minimize pesticide use to protect wildlife, the water supply, and human health. A low-maintenance landscape needs little intervention.

April 23: Start an herb garden indoors.

April 24: Plant extra vegetables for freezing, canning, or storing.

April 25: Seek out and purchase locally grown foods.

April 26: Encourage local schools and restaurants to purchase locally grown produce.

April 27: Encourage beneficial insects by planting herbs and flowers throughout your gardens.

April 28: Start a compost pile.

April 29: Learn about water saving techniques and tools.

April 30: Clean your gardening tools; oil wooden handles, tighten heads, and sharpen blades.

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