For most of us, spring has sprung! Now that the pollen is finally settling, we can get out and start turning over our flower beds, planting our vegetables, and stretching that green thumb. (Okay, maybe the pollen isn’t so bad wherever you are, but in North Carolina, it’s nuts).
Garden Week is Here!
June 2nd through the 8th is the official Garden Week here is the USA. What does that mean?
Well, if you haven’t gotten your garden planted yet this year, now is the time.
But if your garden is already well on it’s way to sprouting some delectable veggies and fruits, garden week might be the perfect time to share your passion. How you might wonder? Then you’re in the right place.
If you’ve got the time to spare, volunteering with youth groups or community organizations is a great way to share the knowledge you’ve accrued over years of gardening. Share what you know with a new generation!
This could take a number of different forms:
- Hands on education about planting and soil maintenance
- Plant history and knowing what will grow where
- How you pick the plants you personally grow
- Building and maintaining a raised bed
- Which plants compliment each other in the garden
- Pest control and prevention
National Garden Club
The National Garden Club unites 50 state based gardening organizations with another 60 national affiliate organizations and over 300 international organizations, bringing together more than 165,000 members.
Whether you’re thinking of starting your own gardening club or simply want to meet and talk about gardening with like minded individuals, the National Garden Club is a tremendous resource. Their site is loaded with ideas and inspiration. I recommend giving it a look as you think about how you’ll be spending garden week this year.
From Garden to Office
The Lulu offices have a dedicated and amazing Green Team. A huge part of what they do involves keeping the various (and plentiful) plants around the office watered and happy. But this spring, they also decided to create an ‘office garden’ with some fruits, herbs, and veggies.
Lulu’s Green Team’s efforts brought us some great plants to share, like this catgrass and microgreens selection:
“Green Team is happy to announce that our seedlings are progressing nicely! We now have Microgreens and Catgrass available in the breakroom for employees to take home. Add some vegetation to your furry friends’ diet, or add nutrients and interest to your own dinners. All seedlings are watered using the UV filtered water from the breakroom, so rest assured these are the cleanest and happiest specimens you can find anywhere.”
Along with these freebies, the Green Team cultivated and dried herbs to share:
Involving your office and coworkers is a great way to spread the garden week joy. Even something as simple as a basket of surplus veggies or fruits from your garden, or offering shoots of your annual plants for someone else to take home can be just the incentive others need to take up the hobby.
A Vegetable Celebration
If you’re a regular green thumb and want to share your love with friends, family, and your community; garden week is the perfect opportunity. Get out and celebrate your hard work and healthy living with other gardeners, share the joy of gardening with a new generation, and celebrate your vegetables!
Big or small, we’d love to hear about your Garden Week activities in the comments below!