World Naked Gardening Day — Giving it a Try!

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 is World Naked Gardening Day.

According to the World Naked Gardening Day website, people across the globe are encouraged, on this day, to tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.

The site also answers the question:  Why garden naked?

“First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.”

Now I can understand swimming in the buff being at the top of the “things to do naked” list, but I would have never figured “gardening” would be second. I’m hoping that “frying bacon” is nowhere on that list!

I live in the middle of 10 wooded acres. No one would see me if I were out in my lawn, doing my yardwork — naked. So 2017 would be the year I would give it a try! I never want to be that person that grows too old to try new things.

With temperatures in the mid-50’s, Mother Nature wasn’t fully cooperating. The wind was blowing — but at least the sun was shining. OK, maybe for just a quick minute…

But then I began to think about what my “gardening” activities would be. I certainly was not going to mow my lawn nude. I’ve been hit with flying pebbles and dirt while clothed — and it hurt — I was not going to try that naked. How about shoveling — have you ever tried to step on a shovel with a barefoot? I’ve seen and heard way too many stories about people who have sliced up their feet or legs with a weed wacker — so that was out as well. I was running out of activities. It basically came down to either picking up sticks in the yard or applying weed & feed — and even then I wasn’t sure about the herbicides and nakedness.

picWorldNakedGardeningDay-ScottSo I ventured outside with the camera with it’s self timer and the tripod so I could at least get a picture or two. I got the wheelbarrow to put the sticks in and posed for my first picture.

After just a few minutes of being without clothing I decided that the weather was just not nice enough for my participation in  World Naked Gardening Day this year. Perhaps in 2018 it will be sunny and 80. Maybe it should be rescheduled until sometime in July or August…then I will give it another try.

I did end up picking up the yard and applying weed and feed…but I took a few minutes to get dressed before doing it.

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3 Comments

  1. Dwayne N.
    May 9, 2017 - 6:22 am

    Would have tried it I have no problem with the nudity thing. Even have 6 ft fence, but living in middle of small town I’m sure our friends in blue would have shown up. Have above ground pool but it was dark and late.

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  2. Julie Rathsack
    May 9, 2017 - 8:11 am

    I want to be your neighbor! LOL! Too funny! It’s a good thing your gardening tool wasn’t once centimeter longer. That wheelbarrow may not have covered it. 🙂 Happy Tuesday, Scott! Thanks for starting my day off with a smile!

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  3. May 3, 2018 - 12:32 pm

    The mention of stepping on a shovel with barefeet made me wince enough, but imagine what could happen if you slipped over while going about your business!!

    That could be tough to explain at ER! If you’re interested here’s what I’ll be getting up to on naked gardening day, check out my guides…

    https://mrplantgeek.com/tag/wngd/

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