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April is National Garden Month

Here in the northeast we just had a coat of snow.

Gardening up here is far from one’s thoughts right now.

Nontheless, the National Garden Bureau has proclaimed April the National Garden Month.

Perhaps it has to do with planning the garden. Then I can understand why the choice of April for that honor.


One of the issues we all face is shade in the garden.

The National Garden Bureau offers some differences in shade that a gardener might face.

Here they are:

Understanding Shade Types: 

Shade comes in various forms, each impacting plant growth differently.

  • Dappled shade occurs when sunlight filters through overhead branches, creating a shifting pattern of light and shadow.
  • Partial shade generally refers to a location receiving 3-6 hours of direct sunlight daily, preferably in the morning and early afternoon.
  • Full-shade areas receive less than 3 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Thanks to the National Garden Bureau for this information.

Thanks to the National Garden Bureau too for this colorful image of a garden pot.

Now on to face my garden which is in full-shade all the time.

I am truly a shade gardener!

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