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World Naked Gardening Day: 7 practical & useful tips

May 6 is World Naked Gardening day. Yes, it's an idea dreamed up in the Northern Hemisphere.

May 6 is World Naked Gardening day. Yes, it’s an idea dreamed up in the Northern Hemisphere.

I love gardeners. I consider myself one, and many of my friends are gardeners. I have weeded and tended various gardens for pleasure and profit, and now I work for a gardening magazine. But I am not putting my trowel up for World Naked Gardening Day, celebrated every first Saturday of May since 2005. Absolutely not. Much as I romanticise the notion of dancing under the lemon tree clothed only in moonlight to scare away possums and other pests, I draw a line in the compost here.

I have done my research. I know World Naked Gardening Day encourages people to tend their gardens unclothed, as nature intended, in the spirit of communion with all living things. A worthy ideal. But this must be a Northern Hemisphere invention, dreamed up to literally send shivers down the spine of feijoa-loving Southern Hemisphere gardeners bracing themselves – and their beloved subtropicals – for polar blasts at this time of the year.

But hey, that’s just me. For those brave souls with green fingers and thick skin who do not share my reservations, we at NZ Gardener have come up with practical tips for gardening in the nude.

Today is National Nude Gardening Day just in case anyone wanted to do that?! Haha #nakedgardening #nakedgardeningday

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Stay away from rose bushes and brambles. This is not the day to put in prickly plants. Similarly, plants with sap, toxins and possible allergenic properties are best avoided. Instead, weed around your barenaked ladies and peter peppers.

Wear sunblock – yes, everywhere.

You won’t have pockets for your secateurs and other useful bits, so keep a small bucket at hand.

A kneeling pad protects your knees and could well prove useful in other positions.

🍑T A K E N O T E 🌿#nakedgardening #nakedgardeningday

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Vigorous digging may help you keep warm. 
If you have nothing to dig up, working in the glasshouse could do the trick.

Warn your neighbours to keep their curtains closed or retreat to a more secluded patch. People have been arrested for flashing the neighbourhood.

7.    Power tools of any kind are best avoided.

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I am told some gardeners have a looser interpretation of the “naked” part of the day, and a hat, gloves and one gumboot for your digging foot could count as accessories. Good to know. 

And to my husband who volunteered to pose for the photo shoot for this story, that won’t be necessary, dear. I do, however, appreciate your willingness to support my career with, well, everything you’ve got.


 – NZ Gardener

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May gardening tips – Entertainment & Life – Arkansas News Bureau …

If the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” is true, we should have an abundance of flowers this summer. Here are some tips for gardening.

The first one is for the gardener: The best time to work in the garden is before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. If this is not possible, protect your skin with long sleeved shirts and hats that shade your face and neck — advice from dermatologists.

May is a good time to:

• Repair your lawn. Fill in bare spots by slightly loosening surface of the soil and sow a good quality lawn seed evenly over the area. Tamp the seed in gently and water. Keep moist by covering with light mulch of lawn clippings. It’s also time to start mowing and to fertilize warm-season lawns — zoysia and Bermuda. Frequent mowing results in a healthier lawn with fewer weeds.

• Mulch soil to save water, smother weeds and keep soil cooler. Spread 1-3 inches of bark chips, compost, wood shavings or other material around shrubs, trees, annuals and vegetables.

• Set out annual bedding plants for summer color, including in your selection those that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Remember to pinch back annuals when 4 to 6 inches high to promote bushy growth. Also plant summer bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, elephant ear, caladiums and gladiolus.

• Prune spring flowering shrubs, especially azaleas, as soon as flowers fade. If you prune later, you will remove next season’s flower buds. Also feed azaleas and check for lacebugs. Look for yellowed and stippled infestations on top of leaves and black deposits on the underside.

• Break off wilting tulip or daffodil heads but continue to feed and care for the plants until the foliage dies back naturally (six to eight weeks). Resist cutting off the foliage too early.

• Plant warm season vegetables — tomatoes, pepper, squash, okra and corn. Extend the harvesting season with a second planting in three to four weeks.

• Plant new roses and fertilize old ones.

• Move houseplants outside if you haven’t already done so. Expose plants to sunlight gradually. It’s also a good time to repot those that have outgrown their containers.

• Keep an eye out for insects and signs of diseases and take appropriate measures immediately.

• And finally, although we had a wet April, remember that plants need moisture to thrive in Arkansas.

Lance Kirkpatrick is the Sebastian County Cooperative Extension agent. Have questions about lawn, garden or other horticulture related issues? The Sebastian County Extension Service can help with offices in Barling and Greenwood. Call (479) 484-7737 for answers to horticulture questions.

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Master Gardeners’ May gardening tips

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Posted: Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:28 am

Master Gardeners’ May gardening tips



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      In the Garden: Tips on selecting the right services

      WEST MONROE, La. – Kerry Heafner joined us on Louisiana Living to share tips on selecting the right tree service or lawn service!

      Tips for Selecting a Lawn Service:

      – Ask for references, and follow up with those references.

      – Ask for a lawn inspection and free estimate.

      – Make sure they carry insurance.

      – If restricted-use chemicals are to be used, asked to see a commercial applicator’s pesticide license.

      – Get a written agreement.

      – Shop around.


      Tips for Selecting a Tree Service:

      – Make sure the business carries the arborist’s state license from the LA Dept. of Ag Forestry.

      – Ask for references.

      – Make sure there is proof of insurance, minimum $25,000 bodily injury, $50,000 per person for property damage.

      – Obtain more than one written bid.

      – Beware of arborists too eager to remove a healthy tree.


      – If trees are being sprayed with restricted-use pesticides, make sure arborist has a commercial applicator’s pesticide license.

      Visit for more gardening tips.



      Click here to submit your question for Kerry to answer live every Tuesday during “In the Garden” on Louisiana Living.

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      Tips for lawn care, gardening and ornamental plants | Garden … – Winston

      Answer: Yes, under the right growing conditions ramps can be grown in our area. Traditionally, ramps were celebrated as one of the earliest greens to be found in the woods after a long winter without fresh vegetables. Jeanine Davis, an extension horticultural specialist with N.C. State University, said that ramps, Allium tricoccum or Allium tricoccum, var. burdickii are native to the eastern North American mountains. In early spring, ramp bulbs send up smooth, broad, lily-of-the-valley-like leaves that disappear by summer before the white flowers appear. The bulbs have the pleasant taste of sweet spring onions with a strong garlic-like aroma. You would need to mimic the native habitat of the ramp to successfully grow them here. In nature they can be found growing in patches in rich, moist, deciduous forests and bottoms from as far north as Canada, west to Missouri and Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. They are found growing in areas that support may apple, trillium, bloodroot, goldenseal, nettle, toothwort, black cohosh, trout lily and ginseng. A moist bottom area of forest with sugar maple, beech, linden, poplar, oak or buckeye trees will provide a good site for growing ramps. Choose a well-drained site with rich, moist soil high in organic matter. Research conducted at the Mountain Horticultural Research Station in Mills River, N.C., shows that soil moisture appears to be an important environmental variable influencing seed germination, seedling emergence rate, survival, and growth rate of the plant. Thus, adequate moisture must be maintained throughout all seasons, not just the active growing season. Ramps can be planted from seed in late summer to early fall or by transplants in the spring. For specifics on planting ramps from seeds or transplants, check out the following leaflet:

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      Master Gardener: Garden tips for May

      Susan Moore Sevier is part of the Tulare-Kings Master Gardener program. Visit, email or write UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, 680 N. Campus Drive, Suite A, Hanford, CA 93230.

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