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Get Planting This National Garden Month

Get Planting This National Garden Month

The world is in bloom this National Garden Month.

April is National Garden Month, a month-long campaign that encourages communities, organizations, and individuals throughout America to get gardening.  This month highlights the research that confirms that caring for plants is good for us.  Not only does it provide an excellent opportunity to educate our children about nutrition, but it also helps develop community spirit and helps improve individual mental health as well.  In honor of this National Garden Month, let’s reap the numerous benefits that come from gardening.  We can try planting these fresh herbs in our gardens this April.

Basil: Sow seeds near a sunny window in early spring.  Then, transfer plants to the garden in early summer.  Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly into your garden in late spring.

Chives: Sow seeds in spring, ½ inch deep in rows 12-inches apart.  Once the seedlings are established, thin within rows so plants are 6-inches apart.

Cilantro: Sow seeds in early spring, ¼ inch deep in rows 12-inches apart.  Once seedlings are established, thin so plants are 6-inches apart.

Dill: Sow seeds in early spring ¼ inch deep in rows 9-inches apart.

Mint: In spring, plant 4-6 inch pieces of root 2-inches deep and 12 inches apart.  Water well.  Be careful, mint plants have a tendency to overtake nearby plant roots.

Parsley: Sow seeds in midspring.  Soak seeds overnight and broadcast thinly.  Once seedlings are established, thin so the plants are 9-10 inches apart.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we get planting this National Garden Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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