Discover Gardening As A New Hobby With These 6 May Horticulture Holidays
Anyone who has tinkered around a garden knows that May is a pretty busy month. This is a month when beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, and herbs can be planted anytime. In the second half of this month, gardeners can also plant tomatoes, summer squash, pumpkins, melons, and peppers.
It’s also a month when strawberries begin to make their first appearance and will likely be eaten by birds if they aren’t protected with netting. Needless to say, the average gardener will have plenty of things to do during this month. May is always a busy month for gardeners.
What is that you say? You haven’t tried your hand at gardening yet? Well, that’s okay, too because May is also a good month for people to start gardening as a hobby. Warm temperatures make the soil perfect for the fast germination of plants and will be easier for the average person to work. Of course, the average person will often need a little bit of motivation to get into the garden for the first time.
We feel all the average person needs to start their own garden for food production and as a hobby is a little bit of inspiration. Fortunately, we’re prepared to offer that inspiration to everyone reading today. We want everyone to discover gardening as a new hobby, so we would like to present the 6 May Holidays that will encourage people to put their hands into the soil and bring forth life. Let’s check them out, and have some gardening fun.
National Garden Meditation Day (May 3rd)
Okay, I know what most people are thinking. “This is a post encouraging people to start gardening, therefore I don’t own a garden to meditate in.” Well, faithful readers, you might not have your own garden to meditate in, but you can meditate in a friend’s garden, or in a public garden.
It’s a great way to not only receive peace of mind, but it’s also a good way to learn about some of the flowers, fruits, and vegetables that you might want to plant. We feel a good trip to the local botanical garden will yield about 100 different gardening ideas that a person could use. And that’s why National Garden Meditation Day has earned its way onto our list.
Greenery Day (May 4th)
Okay, we might be cheating a little bit with this list, or at least, that’s what some people are going to accuse us of doing. That’s because Greenery Day is actually a holiday that’s observed in Japan. However, we do have to say that just because this holiday is observed in one country doesn’t mean that it can’t be observed by anyone who wants to observe it.
Also known as Midori no Hi, this holiday encourages people to commune with nature and to be thankful for the blessings that they’ve received. No matter where you live in the world, you can observe this holiday and enjoy the splendor of nature. It doesn’t matter if that nature is in your garden or out in the world.
World Naked Gardening Day (First Saturday In May)
Okay, we admit that this holiday might not be for everyone. After all, when people think of gardens, they think of insects such as bees, flies and mosquitoes and the thought of having your naked butt out around these insects isn’t a pleasant thought. However, for some people, gardening in the nude might be something that makes them feel more connected to the natural world.
It might even be liberating. We guess that you’ll never know until you try it out for yourself. Just make sure that you have a good privacy fence. We’re sure your neighbors would appreciate not seeing you hunched over naked in your garden tending to tomatoes.
National Love A Tree Day (May 16th)
Everyone knows how important trees are to human civilization. They provide timber, fuel, fruits, and nuts and provide a habitat for a variety of different animals. They even make air for us. What few people realize is that they are also fun to plant, and can provide the home gardener with a variety of different benefits.
We personally love to plant dwarf fruit trees. They grow quickly, produce fruit quickly, and just look cool. Plus, planting a tree can be a good first step for people toying around with the idea of planting a garden. Start with a tree and then work from there. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
National Pick Strawberries Day (May 20th)
This holiday encourages people to pick the strawberries that they had planted earlier in the year. Although in our experience most strawberries are actually harvested in June, we suppose that if they’re put in the ground at the right time they could yield a harvest around this time. However, we feel that this holiday is a good one for not only picking strawberries but also checking on strawberry plants that have already been planted.
National Water a Flower Day (May 30th)
Although there are many different types of flowers that are already blooming including Peonies, Iris, Lilacs, Magnolias, and Freesias, this is also a good day for people to start their flower garden. A lot of different flowers can be planted in May.
Roses, Nepeta, Lavender, Clematis, and Heuchera can be planted in May. Of course, those aren’t the only flower varieties that can be started in May, but they’re a good place for any novice gardener to start. It’s a great foundation on which to rest a new flower garden.
Well faithful readers, this concludes our effort to get more people into the garden by introducing them to some great gardening holidays. We hope that this article has been informative, but more importantly, we hope that it encourages people to get involved with horticulture.
Regardless of whether a person wants to plant fruits or vegetables, flowers or herbs, May is a great month to get started. So let’s grab our gardening gloves, and a good sun hat and head out into our backyard to create our own garden. It’s a great way to end Spring and get ready for the summer months.