If social distancing and staying at home are inspiring your green thumb, you have an extra reason to give it a try on Wednesday.
National Gardening Day on April 14th encourages gardeners and aspiring gardeners to grab a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful season of homegrown bounty. Everyone is invited from balcony and indoor gardeners to flower fanatics and vegetable growing devotees.
As many gardeners know, the advantages of gardening come from more than the produce. Gardening can also provide a wonderful feeling of satisfaction because of the beauty created where there was none before. Spending time in the garden provides physical activity and an opportunity to join with nature. down-to-earth chores as digging in the dirt, harvesting produce, and planting bulbs relaxes some people and gives others a burst of energy. And growing food can supply chemical-free vegetables to nourish the family at a fraction of grocery store prices.
The observance is a call to action to get out and grow! What you do on Wednesday, April 14 is completely up to you – the most important thing is to take time to celebrate your garden.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGardeningDay
There are many ways that you can celebrate the day, including:
- Find the right book, guide or resource for your needs at Cool Springs Press, the sponsor of National Gardening Day. Consult your county extension service, the local bookstore or library.
- Sign up for a gardening course in your area, or find a variety of online resources, courses and podcasts at The Urban Farm.
- Look for a community garden in your area. Some communities allow the use of these plots for free. Others have a small fee to have a personal plot within the garden. Gardening with others can reduce isolation and provide a personal connection through a common interest.
- Start a container garden. It’s a quick and easy way to grow just about whatever interests you. Learn how at Container Gardening: Growing Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers in Small Spaces.
- Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends. (Insert link to article here)
- Join a garden club. There isn’t one nearby? Start one!
- Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful options.
- While you’re gardening, invite family, friends and neighbors to experience the joy! Share your National Gardening Day celebrations on social media using #NationalGardeningDay #diygarden.
Gertrude Jekyll once said, “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Whether you want to grow food, flower beds, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades.