January 28th National Seed Swap Day

There is no question that different plants grow in different regions of the world. The idea of getting hold of the seeds so you can plant them in your area is the intent behind the National Seed Swap Day started by Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of the Washington Garden Magazine, She created today on January 26th, 2006. (No word on how it ended up on the 28th) Still the idea is great for any plant, flower or even things you can eat. They might not grow in your climate, or due to the soil you have, but it is fun to try anyway.

How to celebrate – Try and swap seeds with someone from across the world. See what plants you can introduce to your area. Enjoy what you consider exotic plants that are quite normal in other locations.


August 3rd National Watermelon Day

It’s summer! What’s better than summer? Summer and… Watermelon Day! July and August are the months watermelon is generally harvested so it only seems natural to have Watermelon Day in August. There is nothing like cooling down and relaxing with a slice of watermelon on a hot day. Watermelons can grow to a hundred pounds or more, the largest recorded to date is 350 pounds found by Chris Kent on October 4th, 2013.

How to celebrate – Go to watermelon farm and pick your own watermelon. Have a seed spitting contest! Grow your own watermelon in the backyard but be careful, the vines go everywhere and climb anywhere!

February 3rd Feed The Birds Day

Over the winter months, birds tend to fly south because they are unable to find food under the thick blankets of snow found in the north. If you want the birds to stick around, no matter where you are, if you feed them they will visit you. Today was created by Bob Matthews in 2016 in order to promote helping our wildlife live. He operates Holiday Insights as well as The Gardner’s Network which work well together, at least in this case. Feed a bird today and maybe they’ll sing for you.

How to celebrate – Put out a feeder for birds in your backyard. Learn the different foods for different types of birds. Care about your environment.

January 30th National Seed Swap Day

Kathy Jentz, the editor and publisher of the Washington Garden Magazine , started this day on January 26th, 2006. While it’s a great idea, it’s not really new however. Seeds have been used forever as barter items. You give me the seeds I need and I’ll give you the seeds you need to grow more, and better, product to sell on the market. Today seeds are more readily available than in the past but sometimes there are some you might like to have that you don’t. So today look for those places you can swap seeds you have for those you might want and if you can’t find one… start your own seed swap meetup.

How to celebrate – Save those seeds you think are useless to you. Make a list of those things you’d like to grow if you can get the seeds. Start your own garden.

January 25th National Seed Swap Day

If you happen to have a lot of seeds laying around the house that you do not intend to plant, today is your day to trade them for ones you might use. Now I am not sure how many of us have seeds laying around the house that we haven’t used. But if you do, this is the day for you. You can gather up your seeds and go trade them for ones you want! The day was created by Kathy Jentz from the Washington Garden Magazine. It is always the last Saturday of January which began on January 26th, 2006 at the 1st Annual Washington Garden Magazine Seed Exchange. So, if you have been hording seeds that you don’t intend to use, gather them up and go o your local Seed Exchange and have a ball!

How to celebrate – Find someone to trade your extra seeds with. Try and remember why you got those seeds you don’t want in the first place.Plant something, though you might want to wait for warmer weather.

February 3rd Feed The Birds Day

With winter, at least in the colder climates, very few birds stick around. Even in the southern regions birds will continue to fly as far south as they need to in order to find a warm climate. It is not that they do not like where they have been living, it simply is with the snow covered trees, shrubs and grass there is very little for them to eat. Feed them and they might not leave at all! They don’t really eat all that much and with all the seeds they drop (One way or the other) it’s sort of like planting a garden! Besides, look at those little faces, how can you deny them! Give them a break and feed them so that tomorrow morning, you’ll have something singing just outside your window.

How to celebrate – Buy some bird feed. Make sure the birds can find your feeder. Look around and see if you have any hungry birds around you.