I hope you all don't mind a re-post of last year's Mother's Day article. And I also hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day, whether you're a mother yourself or will be honoring another mother.
Good morning! As we all know, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday (May
12, 2013), but do we know its history? A day for honoring mothers has
been around in many forms for centuries; however, in the 1600s a
clerical proclamation in England included mothers in traditional
celebrations honoring the church. It was known as “Mothering Day”. The tradition was discontinued by settlers when they came to America. In
1870 Julia Ward Howe recommended a day to honor mothers, which was set
for June 2, but it lasted only about 10 years and slowly died.
In 1908 Anna M. Jarvis created Mother’s Day to honor peace and her
mother, who had recently passed away. The first official Mother’s Day
was May 10, 1908. It was celebrated in Ms. Jarvis’ church, and each
mother attending received two carnations – her mother’s favorite flower.
The white carnation honored a mother who had passed away, and the pink
or red honored those still living.
Mother’s Day became an annual observance when President Woodrow Wilson
proclaimed it a national celebration in 1914, and it was to be held the
second Sunday in May each year.
Since then, Mother’s Day has become a day celebrated in various ways in
over 70 countries. Some complain that it has become much too
commercialized, but the basic sentiments still apply. Mothers are, and
always have been, crucial to the family’s development and well-being.
All that said, I wish all mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day, and I hope
you and your families celebrate the wonderful women you are!
1) Place a coffee filter in the bottom of planters to hold in the soil and allow for good drainage.
2) Wipe down garden tools with an oily rag before storage to prevent
rusting. Also, they can be stuck down in a bucket of sand for storage.
3) For an easy way to provide continuous water for your plants, poke
holes in empty soda bottles, fill with water, replace the lid and place
the bottles on their sides in the garden.
4) Remove flower blossoms that have faded and lost petals – the plant
will be stronger, allowing nutrients to go to stems and leaves rather
than trying to keep older blossoms. Also, that will prevent seeds from
5) When buying plants, be sure to select strong plants with healthy-looking foliage. Avoid any yellowing or “floppy” plants!
6) If you sow seeds, be sure to thin the seedlings as instructed on the
packet, as overcrowded plants don’t do well. The remaining seedlings
will get more sunlight and nutrients for stronger, healthier plants.
7) Water plants early in the day so the water can evaporate. Watering in
the evening could lead to fungus growth as the cooler air and darkness
will not evaporate the water properly.
8) We’ve all planted things that didn’t survive…the best solution is
research. Plant the right plants for your area and for your soil
conditions, plant them in the proper sun/shade area, and care for them
9) If you have poor soil, a raised bed works well. Use bricks, blocks or
ground-contact wood for the outside walls. The best width for the beds
is no more than 5 feet, allowing you to reach across without stepping
inside. They can be made any length.
10) Above all, have fun! Gardening should be enjoyable – not a full-time
job. Plant what you like to look at and what you like to eat. Let the
kids plant some things of their own - maybe they’ll even eat veggies if
they've grown them!
Have a terrific week. As always, if you have comments or suggestions, please send them. Thanks for reading.