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Gardens Provide Opportunities For Exercise, Getting Outside And Enjoying Spring Weather. Building A Garden Also Provides Benefits For Our Health, Environment And Community Such As Reducing Stress, Filtering Rain Water And Foster Connections With Neighbors.

April Is National Garden Month, A Great Time To Get Outside And Enjoy Spring Weather.  Building A Garden... Large Or Small... Benefits Our Health... Environment And Communities.

You Don't Have To Have A Big Backyard To Enjoy Gardening. Check Out These Tips from Earth Guage To Help You Get Started!

  • Health: Gardening Provides Physical Activity, Reduces Stress And Can Lead To Healthier Eating.
  • Environment: Gardens Improve The Health Of Local Ecosystems By Absorbing And Filtering Rain Water, Reducing Soil Erosion, And Reducing The Urban Heat Island Effect.
  • Community: Community Gardens Can Foster Connections With Neighbors And Studies Have Shown That Crime Decreases As Neighborhood Green Space Increases.
  • Economics: Community Gardens Can Increase Nearby Property Values. Composting Saves Space In Landfills, Which Saves City And Taxpayer Dollars.

Tip: You Don't Have To Have A Big Backyard To Enjoy Gardening.  These Ideas From The National Gardening Association Will Get You Started.

  • No Space: Join A Community Garden Or Volunteer To Plant And Help Maintain A Garden At A Local School Or Library.
  • Small Space: Fill A Window Box With Bright Spring Flowers Or Garden In Containers On A Patio Or Porch. Many Herbs, Vegetables And Fruits Can Be Grown In Containers, Including Tomato, Eggplant, Pepper And Zucchini Varieties That Were Bred For Container Gardening.
  • Lots Of Space: Design And Plant A Native Plant Garden To Attract Pollinators, Like Butterflies, Bats, Birds And Bees. Check Out The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Native Plant Database For Ideas.
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