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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all know salt is bad for us, at least too much of it is bad for us. However, meals without salt can be very bland so instead of using salt, use some herbs to flavor your meals. Garlic, rosemary, thyme… they all add flavor to meals (Sometimes too much flavor). Herbs are natures way of telling us… well, I don’t know what they are telling us since both salt and herbs have been around forever. Most herbs are pretty easy to grow, you can pick them fresh and they do add flavor and most of them are good for you! So when you reach for that salt shaker at your next meal think about adding some herbs instead, they are natural and most are pretty cheap as well. Today was created by Wellcat.com.
How to celebrate – See how many herbs you can list. Grow your own herb garden. Check which herbs go best with which foods.
You say potato, I say mashed! Today we celebrate the idea of eating all the vegetables on your plate, maybe even forgoing the meat to have nothing but vegetables. They can actually be quite good and are healthier too! Red, green, yellow nearly all the colors of the rainbow. And if you don’t like the flavor you can always cover them in cheese or bacon! Corn, beans, potatoes, squash, okra, broccoli, cauliflower, egg plant, peppers… they are all great! They give you more energy and might even help you lose a little weight! (That is if you don’t cover them in cheese or wrap them in bacon) And you know what makes them taste the absolute best? Grow them yourself, it’s easier than growing a cow.
How to celebrate – Eat some vegetables. Grow some vegetables. At least have a salad.
How appropriate today follows yesterdays “Learn Composting Day”. Once you have planted your flower, vegetable or whatever it is you have planted, you have to water it! The key really is, not over watering it. It’s as easy to over water a plant as it is to forget to water it at all, at least the results end up the same. Think of it like a car, when you get it, it has gas but if you never add gas you aren’t going to go very far. Plants need water to survive, in fact you can grow plants without dirt and long as they are in water! The theory behind today may be, however, to just water one flower to let it know it is your favorite. That’s sort of like feeding one of your children because they are your favorite! Go ahead, water them all, just whisper sweet nothing into the petals of the one you like best.
How to celebrate – Water your plants today. Try and figure out which plant is your favorite. Don’t over water, that does just as much damage.
Anything that decomposes completely is, or can be, compost. Cardboard, paper, vegetation, can all be used as compost. Naturally, compost is used to help feed plants grow so it’s more-or-less nature feeding nature. It’s one of the reasons the rain forest floor are commonly so lush. So, how does that effect you? Well, this is the time of year we tend to plant gardens, vegetable or flower, and the best way to start one is on top of a compost pile. So instead of throwing away all that recycling, use it to build your compost pile! Not including items that do not decompose, like plastics and rubber. It is where the idea of recycling actually began! Today was created by Holiday Insights in 2011.
How to celebrate – Start your own compost pile. Begin using that pile to fertilize your garden. Learn what decomposes naturally and what doesn’t.
This is the time of year to be planting gardens! The cold weather should finally be over and the flowers in bloom. And why not lower your food bill as well by planting a vegetable garden! Gardens with flowers and beautiful plants are fun to look at but not as rewarding as having that first salad you have grown on your own. Fresh ears of corn, green beans, you name it… you can grow it. Even if you live in an apartment with limited space you can still grow a vegetable garden (naturally with smaller results). Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2019. Wow, that’s like this year! The plants are equally as beautiful as flowers and they have a purpose too! Get planting!
How to celebrate – Plant some vegetables. Look into growing restrictions on the plants you are growing. New types of containers are available to assist you growing vegetables, like FarmDaddy, check them out.