March 28th Weed Appreciation Day

We spend most of our time trying to get rid of the weeds that fill our yards, gardens and even the cracks in a sidewalk. The fact is that some weeds are edible, can provide some medicinal elements and herbal benefits. In fact, a plant growing in the crack of a sidewalk is consider a weed even if it is a regular plant we want in our garden. Weeds can also be damaging to other plants cutting them off from the elements they require to grow.

How to celebrate – Learn what weeds you can eat and make a salad out of them. Plant a weed only garden. Learn how to determine what is a weed and what isn’t.

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!)

June 13th National Weed Your Garden Day

Okay, so you planted you garden… flowers or veggies, whatever it doesn’t matter. The thing you will find grow fastest are the weeds. (No not that kind of weed) So, unless you want a garden of weeds you will need to weed it!

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I guess there are some pretty weeds. Maybe there are even a few that have uses (Though I doubt it) but they definitely will destroy whatever else you have planted. Isn’t it interesting that we call our new found friend “weed” and nickname it for something absolutely useless! Oh well.

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Weeding your garden does have benifits. It is calming and relaxing if done right. That means don’t start weeding 2 months after you’ve planted your garden because you will lose that calming effect. You may be litterally lost in the weeds.

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It is also a great way to teach children about gardening and get them interested in planting their own sometime in the future. There is nothing that compares to watching a plant grow, something that you planted and cared for. It is somewhat like watching a child grow itself.

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So if you are responsible enough to plant a garden be repsonsible enough to weed it! You will also need to water it and keep animals out of it that might cause damage or even eat your newest friends.

How to celebrate – First, start by planting a garden! Next weed your garden. Make sure you know the difference between your plant and a weed.

March 28th Weed Appreciation Day

Boy, you think you are not appreciated!?! Try being a weed! Everybody tries to get rid of their weeds. We spray them, chop them out and curse them but they always seem to come back. At least they are determined.

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Imagine going through life never being wanted, cared for or even admired. I actually wonder how many of us can relate to being a weed. I know there certainly are times when I feel like one.

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Of course, when you get down you can always turn to weed to get you in a good mood. Well, not actually a good mood but a mood that you don’t care about what your mood is. Now I know many will disagree, but to me, this is the worst weed of them all. I use to be in a band centuries ago. There were 12 of us and I am the only one still alive, the rest all having passed either directly, or indirectly, due to this weed. If you are in pain, okay, if not realize that you are opening the door to real heartache.

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However, other weeds are just like the plants we want to grow. They provide oxygen, eat up carbon dioxide and provide shelter for animals.

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And there are actually some weeds that are good. Broadleaf Plantain, Chickweeds, lamb’s quarter, white clover and dandelions are actually good weeds! They protect soil, fertilize soil, condition soil and draw beneficial insects.

How to celebrate – Go outside and appreciate your weeds for a change. take a weed to lunch and show them a good time! Tell your neighbors why you have good weeds in your yard… spreading to their yard.