Roll up your sleeves and get your garden ready for Summer on April 14 , as it is National Gardening Day. Gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby enjoyed by many. This is the perfect day for those who have been wanting to take up gardening, to finally gather their tools and seeds, and get their hands dirty.
National Gardening Day takes place at the height of Spring. Thus, it is the perfect day to start growing your flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruits, so that they're ready to be enjoyed in the summer. Even if you don't have a garden, you can still exercise your green fingers on houseplants, and bring the outside in.
National Gardening Day History
National Gardening Day was established in 2018, by Cool Springs Press, a publishing organization that prints gardening books. It was done to encourage more people to take up gardening and to get seasoned home gardeners to learn even more about gardening. This day is also a celebration of gardening including all its physical and mental benefits.
Gardening is one of the oldest hobbies taken up by people in history. It dates back to 1500 BC when there is artistic evidence of people gardening for pleasure and to make their gardens beautiful, in Ancient Egypt. During the 16th century in Europe, people would use their gardens to plant food and herbs, with some flowers added here and there for decorative purposes.
In America, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the first gardeners were those who owned land and used their gardens as a source of income, by selling whatever crops they could harvest. By the 19th century, home gardens became more popular, and gardening as a hobby grew in popularity, with people preferring decorative gardens to edible ones.
Over the years, gardening has gathered even more hobbyists, and millions of people enjoy spending time taking care of their gardens. One of the appeals of gardening is that it is a very social hobby, with avid gardeners sharing tips with each other, and those without a home garden taking their green fingers to allotments and community gardens, where they can grow food together with others in their community.
Benefits of Gardening
- Gardening improves your overall heart health because it helps to burn calories.
- Gardening is also relaxing as it distracts us from daily life and relieves stress.
- Gardening helps to improve the strength of your hand.
- Growing your own food helps to build a healthier lifestyle.
How to Celebrate National Gardening Day
Get to work on your garden, by getting it ready for Summer. Research what flowers, vegetables, and fruits you should grow during the warmer months and plant them, so you'll have a full and beautiful garden when Summer arrives.
Visit your local garden center to ask for advice if you need it.
If you're a beginner, look out for a gardening course in your area and sign up for it. You'll learn everything you'll need to make your garden beautiful as well as helpful.
Take to social media to share gardening tips with others, exchange knowledge, and post photos of your plants to encourage others to join in on the hobby.
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