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The Garden City is living up to its nickname

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Missoula gardeners are staying busy this summer. (MTN News photo) Missoula gardeners are staying busy this summer. (MTN News photo)
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MISSOULA -

Summer time in Montana is the perfect time to garden and judging from the gardens seen around Missoula, locals have been weeding, planting and watering like crazy.

Some people garden for relaxation while others like to grow their own food, but whatever the reason they do it, the Garden City is looking and smelling amazing this summer.

Although Missoula is nestled in the valley of five mountain ranges, sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be stressful, so gardening is a perfect way for some people to disconnect and feel the earth between their hands.

Some people -- like Pink Grizzly owner Shane Clouse -- even make a living off the land.

"Gardening, not only the aspect of being able to grow your own food, but it creates some joy in your life and it's peaceful. It's the way I make my living, it's a joy to foster living things," Clouse said.

According to the blog Make it Missoula, Missoula earned the Garden City nickname because of its great soil and the multitude of gardens in the area.

The climate may be perfect for gardening, but people may still face challenges due to the wild lands around them. Some gardener, like Randi Mysseristau, say they enjoys the challenge.

"One of our challenges this year was we had a deer get in our garden three times -- it was the same deer -- and we have it deer proofed. She came in and ate all of our seedlings that we had started this spring. I have a five-year old daughter so she was very upset because the deer ate her corn."

Regardless of the challenges, locals seem to be doing just fine as the smell of wet grass and flowers blows in the wind throughout the summer in Missoula.

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