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 30th Water A Flower Day

Hopefully April brought you those showers that brought your May flowers but now it’s up to you to make sure your flowers get watered! Everything in nature requires water to live, your flowers are no exception. (Even a cactus needs some water) You can set up a sprinkler to come on every day by timer or you can go out with a watering can and water them yourself, which may be good for you and better for your flowers! Watering your plants actually allows you time to spend with them and, at least in some cases, your flowers to spend time with you. It’s a good mix.

How to celebrate – Water your plants. If you don’t have any flowers, water your neighbors plants. Talk to your flowers as you water them, for some unknown reason it seems to help them.

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.

April 30th Arbor Day

This is a tree lover’s favorite day of the year, Arbor Day! It always comes on the last Friday day of April since 1872 when a major effort was made to fill the nearly barren state of Nebraska with trees. Arbor is the Latin word for tree and today we have the National Arbor Foundation who helps us remember the importance of trees for providing all they do for mankind. In recent years the Arbor Foundation has planted some 18 million trees on Arbor Day to replace those lost due to natural causes, greed, fire and in the name of progress. If you get a chance, today is a great day for you to plant a tree and watch it grow over the years. It makes you feel a part of nature and is sort of like watching a child grow up.

How to celebrate – Give to the National Arbor Foundation. Plant a tree. Visit a forest.

April 29th Greenery Day

You would think that on Greenery Day we would celebrate trees or plants or maybe even Kermit the Frog but today is all about the 124th Emperor of Japan Hirohito’s birthday. Born in 1901, Hirohito served the Japanese people until his death in 1989. He lead Japan through some of it’s best, and some of it’s worst , times. His part in World War 2 will never be known for sure, though he was put on the same level as Hitler at one time he did not face the same fate that other war criminals faced. It is good he is remembered for the beautiful country Japan was before the war and after the war because the ugliness it caused during the war should never be forgotten.

How to celebrate – Visit Japan. Read about Hirohito’s involvement during World War 2 and decided his guilt or not for yourself. Spend your day gardening.

April 22nd Earth Day (U.S.)

Earth Day was created in the United States in 1962 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in order to bring awareness to our destruction of the environment we live in. President John F. Kennedy supported the idea and help spread the word through is administration. As the “Father of Earth Day”, Nelson did not stop with the U.S. however, introducing the “Protest” to the destruction of the environment to the world as “Earth Day” in 1970. As a direct result of the success of Earth Day the Environmental Protection Agency was formed as a governmental watchdog.

How to celebrate – Read about the history of Earth Day. Plant something on Earth Day. Get involved in trying to protect our environment.

July 10th Don’t Step on a Bee Day

We all love honey and it’s good for us too! And if it weren’t for the honey bee, there would be no honey, or at least not naturally anyway. A bee flies nearly 55,000 miles to produce 1 pound of honey, and it takes visiting over 2 million flowers to get the nectar to create that same pound of honey. One bee will transport enough nectar to produce a half teaspoon of honey in its life (generally living from 122-155 days). That is pretty awesome! Think about that the next time you have some honey on your toast or in your tea. So bees are our friends – don’t step on them (not to mention, that it is also not a good situation for you either)!

How to celebrate – Have some honey today. Think about the bees before you disturb their nests and watch out for them when you walk through a field. Plant some flowers to help the bees out.

June 16th Fresh Veggies Day

Veggies are so good for you; normally fun to eat, and usually plentiful. The fresher they are the better they taste, the prettier they are to look at, and the better they smell when cooking. If they come from your own garden, all the better! A salad offering fresh vegetables is often a beautiful thing to see. The green, red, orange, and yellow colors offer a plate full of rainbows. Being summer, most vegetables are available. If you want them all year long you may want to take up canning while you can. Vegetables are art in its natural form, and they are good for you as well. That’s a win-win. If you don’t have your own garden there are plenty of you-pick farms and co-op gardens available.

How to celebrate – See how many vegetables to can name. (remembering vegetables such as tomatoes are actually considered a fruit). Start your own garden. Include fresh vegetables in all your meals.

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.