Tomorrow is Leap Day, an extra day added every four years to February.
Who had the brilliant idea to add an extra day to winter every four years?
I understand the need to add an extra day to the year every four years to keep us all lined up with the seasons and all, but does that day have to be in winter?
May I suggest some extra days that would be better for gardeners?
How about April 31st? We could all use an extra day in the spring for gardening, and even though this wouldn’t be before my own area’s frost free date, I could still support this extra day in the spring. We could even make it a “National Day of Gardening” and encourage people who have never gardened before to start a small garden.
How about June 31st? Now this would be an ideal day for gardeners! We would be well into summer, but not into the dog days of summer, so our gardens would still be looking their best. This could be a “National Garden Tour Day”. We would encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all the gardens in their area. Plus, I bet we could get those wedding planners and florists to support adding a day in June, since it is a popular month for weddings.
And if those dates don’t seem quite right, how about September 31st? Autumn is also a beautiful season and a great time for planting trees and shrubs in the garden. This could be a “National Plant a New Tree Day”. Just think how our cities and towns and gardens could be transformed if every family planted and cared for a new tree on this extra day in the fall.
Of course, if none of these days seems quite right, I have one other suggestion.
Repeat any day in May. We could have two May 15th’s, for example. Think how much extra gardening we could do if we had 32 days in May, the best month of the year for gardening.
Which date would you like to have instead of February 29th? Let me know and I'll find out who decides these things and let them know that there are better days to add than a day in winter.
Have a wonderful Leap Day.