9 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Garden Naked

Before you celebrate World Naked Gardening Day, consider the consequences. 

Apparently, in addition to being Derby Day, the first Saturday in May is also World Naked Gardening Day. Because every day has to be National [Fill in the Blank] Day, right? While I’m all for events that encourage gardening, and I’m not adverse to nakedness either, as an avid gardener, I’d like to mention all the reasons it’s not a good idea AT ALL to garden naked. Just in case you're considering it.

1: Because some bugs bite.

Super Bee

Super Bee

Super Bee

And others sting.

2: Because garden tools are sharp.

Garden Shears

Garden Shears

Closeup of person trimming bushes with gardening shears.

Just take a moment to look at those blades.

3: Because thorns.

Photo by: iStock

iStock

This tiny caterpillar can avoid being speared without wearing clothes. You cannot.

4: And poison ivy.

Photo by: Dan Driedger via iStock

Dan Driedger via iStock

Leaves of three, people. Let them be.

5: Because sunburn isn’t cool.

Photo by: iStock

iStock

Keep those delicate bits covered.

6: And gardening involves lots of leaning over.

Gardening

Gardening

©Image courtesy of National Association of Realtors

Image courtesy of National Association of Realtors

Just imagine this naked. Not comfortable.

7: But naked means no legit reason to wear Wellies.

Pitchfork and Boots

Pitchfork and Boots

8: Or colorful gardening gloves. 

Angela's Garden Gloves

Angela's Garden Gloves

Photo by: Image courtesy of Angela's Garden

Image courtesy of Angela's Garden

9: Or cute safari hats.

Sombriolet Sun Hat

Sombriolet Sun Hat

This lightweight hat holds up against intense heat, sun and humidity.www.gardeners.com/

Photo by: Image courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company

Image courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company

Unless by “Naked” you mean organic (free of chemicals not clothes), and then I'm all for it. Happy gardening!

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