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Grow a Victory Garden and Grow Peace of Mind

The term “Victory Garden” has been in the news lately.  It pays homage to a time when our elders rolled up their sleeves and grew enough fruits and vegetables to feed their families during World Wars One and Two, leaving more food to support the troops.

This newer notion of “victory” is about gardening to reclaim some control, which has been a bit scarce in recent weeks.  It’s about knowing where our food comes from.  And it’s certainly about drawing joy from embracing our connection with Mother Nature.

At Tagawa Gardens, we think “Victory Garden” doesn’t have to apply only to vegetables.  The veggies feed out bodies but a beautiful rose or an overflowing flower pot can feed our peace of mind.  Tagawa’s is here to help you succeed no matter what your own “victory garden” might include.

Tomatoes are just the start

Tomatoes are easily the most popular vegetable for home gardeners.  No wonder, when they’re both delicious and beautiful!  Can’t you just imagine a juicy cherry tomato still warm from the sun?  Pick it and pop it in your mouth!  And watch your kids do the same.

Tagawa’s has more than a hundred varieties of tomatoes to choose from, along with peppers, greens, beautiful lettuces and so much more!

“Victory” goes beyond veggies

Whether it’s a riot of coleus spilling over their pots on your deck or the simplicity of a single lily, beautiful flowers belong in a Victory Garden!  Scientists have proven how much flowers can ease anxiety and worry, especially for older folks.

The beauty of a seed

No matter how old or young you are, there’s just something about planting seeds and watching them sprout.  Recruit the kiddos!  Watch them learn as they plant, water and care for “their” plants.  That success is certainly its own form of victory.

Remember our buzzing and flittering friends

If you’re a fan of butterflies and honey bees, Tagawa Gardens can help you welcome them to your victory garden with plants that pollinators love.  Big patches of purple and yellow for the bees, and red flowers for the hummers.

A few gardening tips to remember

*** Good soil is critical!  Whether you’re growing in pots, raised beds or in the ground, soil should be loose and root-friendly.  Mediocre soil will give you mediocre results.

*** Plants grown indoors (like those inside Tagawa’s) need a few days to adjust to their new home in your garden.  Introduce them to the outdoors gradually… a little more sun and wind daily for about four days, then plant them out.  They’ll be more robust thanks to that T.L.C.

*** If you’re growing from seed, never let the soil surface dry out.  Spritz it a few times a day, keeping that soil surface moist. Sprouting seeds don’t wilt, they just die.

*** Tagawa Gardens is keenly aware of the on-going need for social distancing and extra care.  Masks are required for both guests and staff.  The number of guests inside the store will be limited at any given time.  Your patience is greatly appreciated!

We want you to feel both comfortable and inspired as you shop to make your victory garden exactly what you want it to be.




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Luan Akin
Luan Akin
Tagawa Gardens Outreach Ambassador

After 30 years as a news reporter for KCNC TV in Denver, Luan Akin was ready for a change. In 2008, she came to Tagawa Gardens and offered to create a brand new position: Garden Outreach Ambassador.

Luan had trained and volunteered as a Douglas County Master Gardener for ten years. In addition to her duties as a news reporter, working primarily out of the Channel 4 News helicopter, Luan also produced and presented a long-running series of stories called “Gardening Together.”

All these years later, Luan now works year ‘round, presenting a variety of gardening and nature-related topics to hundreds of children, HOA’s, gardening clubs, church groups, small businesses and other organizations.

She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper and a proud mom to four dogs who have trained her well.


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