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World Naked Gardening Day

 
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The first Saturday of May is

World Naked Gardening Day!

http://wngd.org/


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It's also a great day to honor Ruth Stout and her methods, since she enjoyed gardening naked, too.

Permies.com forum discussion:  The Ruth Stout Method Experience
Permies.com book review or her original 1961 book:  Gardening Without Work by Ruth Stout
Amazon (US) link to a 1979 version with a co-author:  The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book: Secrets of the Famous Year-Round Mulch Method
Amazon (US) link to a 1974 book by Ruth:  How to have a green thumb without an aching back: A new method of mulch gardening



I'm not a fan of gardening naked myself, though I think that first picture is just all kinds of whimsical fun, and Ruth Stout is all kinds of awesome.

Plus, I like the idea, that some day, we see our bodies as beautiful and natural no matter how they are - plump, skinny, lumpy, wrinkled, or what have you.


 
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If I were bouncing around braless like her, it would rapidly turn into World Crouching On the Ground Grimacing Day, but she certainly makes it look fun!

More power to those braver souls than I!
 
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Of course today was the first day that the black flies were out in force....that's my excuse!
 
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it was 10C here today and windy, oh with hail in the morning, no thanks!
 
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That explains why our monthly poker game (today) only had half the number that usually show up.
 
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Haha! You all crack me up!!  Crouching on the ground grimacing, black flies, wind and hail. Yup. Not gonna be naked in ANY of that!  

Hey, but the implied freedom, even if only symbolic, (and never going to actually happen), makes me happy. :-D

 
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I'm one of the crazy ladies who celebrates World Naked Gardening Day. Hubby sure gets a kick out of it. Here's this year's photo. My feet sure are white! The never see the sun. And those ugly legs have to belong to a farmer, eh?



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Su, I think you win the thread!! I think that's just fantastic!!  
 
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I was farming in my main field today, which adjoins the state highway through town, so this is the accommodation I made to my neighbors.

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Enjoying a slighly overcast day.
 
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Yay, Joseph!! That looks very comfortable if you ask me. I spent a good amount of time barefoot today - that's about as close as I came.

 
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I thought it was naked gardening month. No wonder people have been looking at me funny lately.
 
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This holiday is biased against the southern hemisphere big time. But this year autumn is so warm it's spooky. We lit fires a few days last week, but now we're back to sunshine and highs of 20 degrees every day. More like late March than early May and definitely fine weather for getting your kit off.
 
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It snowed here on Tuesday, but even without snow, I do not think I could convince Katie to garden naked.

As for me, well I guess there is nothing say it is a day only for women, so I do not have an excuse, but I did not do so (and the world at large is thanking me).
 
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A few years ago we had really warm weather here in Maine, and it was mid-May. I will try to be appropriate here, but as a husband and wife Katie and I enjoy "amicable domestic relations" outside quite a bit; it is just one way we really enjoy our farm, and farm life.

Well on this day, Katie was VERY MUCH with child, so we went down to this stream after church, and had a nice picnic. One thing progressed to another though...

So Katie goes into labor, and when we told the doctor what we had done, he looked at me and said, "well relations at this stage of pregnancy is okay...……." but he said it very slowly, glowering at me with contempt as he did. Probably because our daughter arrived at 3:20 AM, not to mention two weeks early. It seems a product of a man, softens the cervix and can cause a pregnant lady to go into early childbirth.

Whoops!

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Travis Johnson wrote:A few years ago we had really warm weather here in Maine, and it was mid-May. I will try to be appropriate here, but as a husband and wife Katie and I enjoy "amicable domestic relations" outside quite a bit; it is just one way we really enjoy our farm, and farm life.

Well on this day, Katie was VERY MUCH with child, so we went down to this stream after church, and had a nice picnic. One thing progressed to another though...

So Katie goes into labor, and when we told the doctor what we had done, he looked at me and said, "well relations at this stage of pregnancy is okay...……." but he said it very slowly, glowering at me with contempt as he did. Probably because our daughter arrived at 3:20 AM, not to mention two weeks early. It seems a product of a man, softens the cervix and can cause a pregnant lady to go into early childbirth.

Whoops!



Could have been worse, a coworker tried that method to induce and they didn’t make sure the picture hanging above the bed was properly affixed. Her husband ended up going into ER for stitches when it fell on his forehead.
 
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I garden naked more than just this day. lol But I have a great pic of me digging a krater naked on the excavator. That count? I'd share it but I'm not going to distribute my own pornographic image. lol
 
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My best friend always calls me up with a little sing-song on May 1st every year:

The first of May! the first of May!
Outdoor bonking starts today!

Then he hangs up.

Can't say that I will be joining the naked gardening posse any time soon.  And the world says thank you in return.  Perhaps this is a tradition for people who come from climates where vitamin D deficiency is common?  All that extra surface area is needed to capture photons after a long and cool winter season?
 
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Marco Banks wrote:Perhaps this is a tradition for people who come from climates where vitamin D deficiency is common?  All that extra surface area is needed to capture photons after a long and cool winter season?


I think this might be part of it. I have heard of doctors recommending sunbathing with as much skin exposed as possible (i.e., nude, if one is comfortable with that) as a general health treatment. Those of us in the northern parts of the northern hemisphere are prone to vitamin D deficiency, to be sure!

 
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Also, in northern areas lack of enough sun light on the skin has been linked to heart disease.  Dang, it's sunny right now....I'm going back out to the garden!
 
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I'm sort of with Jennifer on the bra-less part, I'm more at the "not fair her tits are bouncy and not sagging!" point...

I am not body conscious at all, and have used my naked skin to deter door to door evangelists. I told someone once that when I hear a noise at night and get up to look, the sudden materialization of a pissed off naked woman can only add to the surprise factor to an intruder, and give me first chance to respond appropriately.

Gardening naked is normal in my book. Since I moved to Missouri, the ticks are keeping me properly dressed, and I am sad.
 
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Thank you all for the good laugh, which I very much needed today !!

In my younger days the closest I would come was gardening in my cutoff jeans.

Today the closest I can come to it would be using my outdoor shower, in the woods of Wyoming, during my summer get aways. Best thing I ever built up there !
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:

Marco Banks wrote:Perhaps this is a tradition for people who come from climates where vitamin D deficiency is common?  All that extra surface area is needed to capture photons after a long and cool winter season?


I think this might be part of it. I have heard of doctors recommending sunbathing with as much skin exposed as possible (i.e., nude, if one is comfortable with that) as a general health treatment. Those of us in the northern parts of the northern hemisphere are prone to vitamin D deficiency, to be sure!




This was a very common prescription in the early 1930's. In fact if you want to look up something scary, look up photos of infants put in window cages in high rise apartments so they got the prescribed sunshine by their pediatricians. This was why they started fortifying Vitamin D in milk and cereals; a way to get kids the Vitamin D the doctors thought was really needed without hanging them over the street at 40 stories up! (I am NOT making that up).

Myself, I think sunshine (Vitamin D) has a lot of merit, but perhaps not to the extent pediatricians did in the early 1930's.

I have to take huge amounts of Vitamin D, but it is not because of living in Maine. There are two thin cords that run along your windpipe in your neck, just under your Thyroid. When I had my cancerous thyroid removed, the surgeon nicked these cords with the scalpel in trying to scrape as much of my cancer-laden thyroid as possible. He warned me that this is a danger of the surgery, and said he had never done so and why "they pay me the big bucks". He was overpaid by my insurance because as my luck would have it, I was the first one he nicked.

I have to have a prescription of Vitamin D, 40,000 units of Vitamin B per week. I should take calcium pills as well, but...mmmmm...this is embarrassing...by taking too much calcoium rich food, along with calcium pills, well in going number two in the bathroom, lets just say that my little turds do not feel like they have any tapers. It is like passing a soft ball, so I do not take them anymore (LOL).

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Oh my goodness this thread is funny!! I'm embarrassed to say I never knew about naked gardening day. Guess it's never to late to get a start!

Saw this and just had to share!

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