The first Saturday in May is designated as World Naked Gardening Day, and for 2020 it falls on May 2nd. I’m sure most of my readers and fellow nudist have either heard of this or participate in the annual celebration of cleaning up your yard/garden in the buff. For those of you who are new and have never heard of it, please read on with an open mind and a willingness to participate. Although I live in suburbia America with neighbors all around, I still plan to do get out naked…even if it’s just on my back deck and screened in porch.
So what exactly is World Naked Gardening Day, and what exactly am I supposed to do? I’m going to go over a few things that you can do while naked, and I’ll discuss a few items to avoid while naked. World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) was introduced in 2005 as a nudist movement to discourage body shaming and encourage acceptance of all forms of the human body.
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. —source: WNGD—
Organizers of WNGD assert that “besides being liberating, nude gardening is second only to swimming as an activity that people are most ready to consider doing nude”. I fully agree with this statement. I’ve been skinny dipping before, and it’s the greatest feeling to NOT have any body part restricted by a bathing suit. I much prefer feeling just the water molecules surrounding my body than the constant rubbing of a bathing suit. Additionally, the same can be said about wearing clothes while doing any type of yard/gardening work. Sweat is captured in the textiles surrounding your body, and can cause various rashes and chafing. I’ve had both in various places, and it sucks donkey balls. The only drawback is the use of sunscreen in direct and intense sunlight. Sunscreen clogs my pores and makes me hotter, but protects me from damaging sun rays. As a recommendation, I’d limit your sun exposure and try to do as much in the shade as possible. At least for me. 🙂
Suggestions of Things To Do
Replant Your Old Pots
I have a couple of concrete garden urns on my back deck, and I like having a colorful arrangement of flowers to view from my living room or screened porch. It’s nice to look out and have some color distinction among all the trees and wooded area. So I will be pulling out the old weeds, adding some much needed plant food, and a floral arrangement of my choice. I have a couple of small pots for the front porch that I plan to do the same to, but I won’t venture to the front naked. A lot of my neighbors, including myself, have those Ring doorbells, and I don’t want to offend my great neighbors or get caught on camera. :). For those I will put new flowers in on my back deck, and just carry them to the front once I’ve covered up.
Trim the Bush!
No, silly, not your bush (if you have one), but the bushes, hedges, and plants around your house in flower gardens. We try to keep our landscaping looking the best we can, but it can be full time job in itself trying to keep it up. We live in an neighborhood governed by a home owners association, so each homeowner has an expectation to keep their respected properties up to standards. Also, it makes harder for snakes and other critters to hide out in. This is a good time to remove any weeds that have managed to pop up early this spring. Just be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from being poked by anything.
Remove any Debris
For those of you who live in the US, especially the south, then I’m sure you saw the awful storms that ravaged the southern part of the country over the Easter Weekend. Being a bit of a weather nerd, I watched numerous videos of the storms and tornadoes ripping apart the lives of many. I was fortunate enough to not be hit anything seriously damaging, but just a little north of me was hit hard and a tornado was actually on the ground. However, I do have a lot of fallen limbs and other debris in my yard that we will have to work at cleaning up. WNGD can be a great a great time to plan this clean up. We have a city run facility that takes various types of garden and landscaping debris, and they turn it into mulch and resell it to landscaping contractors and local businesses. Rather than burn it and put pollutants into the atmosphere, we have loaded many trailers full of debris after hurricanes and taken it to be “‘recycled” for garden and landscaping use. This storm will be no different.
Put out Mulch
This can be a rather strenuous task and one that I have hired on many occasions, but if you have the right tools and maybe a little bit of help, then it won’t be so bad to do. Especially if you don’t have large flower gardens or a lot of trees to do. I don’t know if I will get a chance to do this though. I have a water runoff problem that keeps sweeping my mulch away in the front flower garden, so we have to find someone to reroute a gutter downspout, and then we’ll have to put in some drainage to keep the water away from the house. If you don’t have any water runoff issues, then this would be a good cardiovascular activity to do.
Suggested Things NOT to do!
Clearing Out Heavy Brush
This activity has scratches and scars written all over it. While it may be necessary to do some clearing out of an area, I would ensure you are well protected with long pants and long sleeves. Don’t forget some good puncture resistant work gloves too. A better choice would be to rent machinery or just hire someone to do it.
Offend Your Neighbors or Loved Ones
It’s no secret that most people in our modern society don’t agree with our viewpoints or how we may or may not live our lives. It’s our choice to live it how we see fit. Similar to your political views, religion, or even how you spend your money. Everyone has an opinion about everything, and the last thing we should want to do is offend those who we interact with on a routine basis. I know, you’re thinking, what business is it of theirs? Well, if you live in a place where you’re surrounded by acres of land or a community that is of a similar mindset, then you have nothing to worry about. I’m more concerned with people like me who do live with close neighbors, and rely on those neighbors for various degrees of support. We have to respect their views just as much as they have to respect ours, but we shouldn’t go out of our way to bring discontent to one another. I mean, I don’t like it when Jehovah Witnesses come to my door on a Saturday morning, but I’m not offended or offensive to them in anyway. It’s their belief and I have zero right to judge or ostracize them for that belief.
Forget Your Sunscreen!!
This is probably the most important one for me. If you’re like me and have spent most of the winter inside with zero sun on your ass, then you’re going to need sunscreen. The last thing any of us needs is a terrible sunburn that’s going to make us feel miserable for a week or longer. My ass is as white as snow right now and I will burn very easily in any direct sun light. I’m sure many of you are the same, especially since we’ve been in isolation for going on a month now. Granted we have a couple of weeks before the great date, so you may be able to get some sun on those cheeks, but if not please plan on slapping it on that ass and everywhere else really thick. 🙂
Finally, this is a good day to have fun and experience a nudist activity for the first time. You can invite friends and family over, create games out of it, grab the garden hose and start spraying each other, or just sit out under the sun and shade with a cold beverage enjoying your freedom. I see it as a way to build better body confidence, feel the wind tickle every hair on your body, and soak up the warmth and Vitamin D from the sun. Participating in this years WNGD should not cause you stress in any way, and if it does then please don’t partake in it outside. You can still do gardening activities with inside plants and have fun doing that. I look forward to seeing and reading about your personal World Naked Gardening Day activities. 🙂
Your nudist friend,