June 10th Herb and Spices Day

In our efforts to make our food taste better and help us be healthier, herbs and spices have led us to eat numerous things we probably would never have even tried from just looking at them. The most common, of course, are salt and pepper, basil, oregano, cinnamon and garlic but there are literally hundreds more we use to spice up things and help with bad breath, cancer, diabetes, stomach disorders, skin ailments and much, much more.

How to celebrate – Open an apothecary. Start an Herb and spice garden. Learn what herbs and spices are used for what.

May 29th Learn About Composting Day

If you are going to “Go Green” probably the first place to start is in making your own compost heap. It will help any garden you plant and, obviously, it saves the world a little more from the trash we all produce. A compost heap loves your left over vegetables, paper towel and toilet cardboard rolls and untreated wood to be added to it daily. Yes, it normally does smell so you may not want to place it as far away from your house as possible without offending your neighbors. Today was created in 2011 by Holiday Insights and is probably a good day to observe.

How to celebrate – Create a compost pile. Learn all the different things you can put in a compost pile. Go Green” (Within reason).

April 29th Greenery Day

Today was Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s birthday. Japan is known for it’s lush, beautiful gardens and Hirohito spent much of his life tending to his numerous gardens. He was Emperor of Japan during World War 2 but had very little to do with the actual war. Whether he supported the war or not is not clear. He ruled as the Emperor until 1989, and upon his death he was remembered by making Greenery Day a holiday.

How to celebrate – Tend your own garden. Visit Japan. Read about Hirohito’s life.

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June 17th Eat Your Vegetables Day

It is very practical that “Eat Your Vegetables Day” fall nearly dead center of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Remember back when you were a child and you hated your vegetables? Well now as am adult it’s somewhat surprising how many of those vegetables we like. It’s also surprising how many we still won’t even try because of our childhood impressions. Clearly vegetables are good for you. They provide nearly everything we need in our diet, help us to keep our weight down and help us to maintain energy.

Hoe to celebrate – Eat your veggies! Try some vegetables you wouldn’t evenm taste as a child. Learn different ways to make your veggies more palatable.

June 13th National Weed Your Garden Day

Weeds in your garden are an issue. The obvious answer is to pull them out! Pretty simple, huh! However do not be surprised if they seem to be back the next day, weeds grow fast! That said, not all weeds are bad. Dandelions and Purslane are edible so you can eat them as you pull them is you like, you might want to add a little salt though. And milkweed has medicinal uses as well as being a great pollinator. Still you do not want them in your garden as they grow quickly and damage your other plants. Today was created back in 2015 though apparently there is no record of who created it.

How to celebrate – Weed your garden. Harvest your garden’s weeds for other uses. Learn the difference in weeds and plants you want to grow. (If you are like me, I pull the plants I want to keep and leave the weeds!)

May 19th World Plant A Vegetable Garden Day

People have been planting gardens since we realized we could grow our own food perhaps millions of years ago. (At least thousands of years ago) And every years we spend small fortune growing tomatoes and peppers and various other colorful vegetables, probably spending more on fertilizer and gardening tools than we save by buying our vegetables from the grocery store. They do taste better, are fresher and give us the satisfaction that we have accomplished something. Today was started by Bob Matthews in 2019, not all that long ago, from Rochester, New York an author and gardener. Today was picked because it generally clears all of North America from it’s last frost date of the spring.

How to celebrate – Plant a vegetable garden. Add some fruit to your vegetables. Enjoy the hobby more than the actual harvesting of food.

May 3rd Garden Meditation Day

Created by C.L. Formari of Osterville, Ma, an author and radio personality in 2010, garden meditation day is all about becoming an artichoke! No, not really, it’s all about spending some time in nature and enjoying something so simple, and yet so complex at the same time. A garden gives you the chance to experience growth and how you can change the course of time with your own hands. So it’s not about becoming an artichoke, it’s about helping something beyond yourself live and grow and give back to you everything you have put it in.

How to celebrate – Plant a garden. Spend time in your garden. Talk to your plants… it may not help them as much as it helps you.

July 5th Build A Scarecrow Day

Got a garden? Well you will probably need a scarecrow. Animals are getting smarter just like people but for some reason they still fall victim to the scarecrow. Plus scarecrows are fun and work out great for the fall and Halloween! In theory, a breeze moves the scarecrow around a bit to resemble a person working in the garden, a smart critter will soon figure out it’s not real. That said, the idea is to keep birds and other creatures from eating your seeds to give your garden a chance.

How to celebrate – Build a scarecrow. Buy a scarecrow. Become a scarecrow.

June 12th Red Rose Day

Roses are red violets are… well, never mind that, this is just roses are red day. Roses are probably the flower most associated with feelings. They are beautiful, smell wonderful and bring joy to nearly everyone who receives them or sends them. In case you get confused like me, red roses signify love; pink are for “thank you”, which may come after the red if they work as intended; yellow are for joy; and red and white are for those lucky enough to fall in love at first sight. Those colors are simple, where it gets complex is if the rose is white or cream, light pink or dark pink, or even orange. Anyway, I hope your day is filled with red roses today.

How to celebrate – Grow a rose garden. Send someone you love roses. Learn the meaning of every color rose.

May 30th Water A Flower Day

April showers bring May flowers, but if you want them to stick around after May you need to water them! Though the day tells us just to pick out one and water it, it’s better if you water them all. Flowers brighten up our day, they smell good and can be enjoyed by all who happen to pass by them. The sun does a lot to help your flowers grow and if you are lucky enough to get rain to water them you are all set. But just as you would care for a child or a pet you need to tend to your gardens. It doesn’t take long and you can even install a system to take care of the watering for you. Or, you can enjoy your flowers even better by watering them yourself.

How to celebrate – Spend sometime with your flowers. Water your plants. Talk to your plants to help them grow.