Spotlight on Government Information: Spring Gardening



Woman hand planting petunias in a summer garden.Spring is here and the signs are everywhere. Temperatures are getting warmer, birds are singing, and tulips are starting to bloom. The famous saying is “April showers bring May flowers.” If that’s true, it’s time for people to plan their garden spaces and sow some seeds — and government information can help.

Gardening not only benefits the planet, it also contributes to the mental and physical health of the gardener. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. And the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating an area for growing herbs, food, and flowers. Check out these valuable resources for tips and guidance on topics related to gardening.

Pollinator gardens are appealing to a variety of bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. Use the Gardening for Pollinators site and a regional planting guide to select native plants that will thrive in a specific climate and lure local pollinators.

Hydroponics and aquaponics are alternative garden systems that offer soilless options for growing plants. Rain gardens help conserve water by capturing storm runoff and allowing it to soak into the ground where it is used by grasses and other plants.

Home and community gardens encourage meaningful social interactions and promote healthy eating. Gardening enthusiasts are directly involved in the process of growing fresh foods that they will consume or share with neighbors.

Seed libraries are a way for novice and expert gardeners to experiment with growing a variety of plants. Cheyenne, Gillette, and Laramie are several of the communities across Wyoming that host seed libraries.

Individuals without a green thumb are able to explore gardening without getting their hands dirty. Take a virtual tour or plan a visit to the United States Botanic Garden. Discover numerous plants that are used to make teas, medicines, and fragrances at the National Herb Garden in Washington, DC. Learn how astronauts grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers without gravity in the Space Garden.

Design and plant a garden this April, appreciate the health benefits throughout the summer, and harvest a bounty in a few short months.

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