Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Gardening Initiative + A Giveaway!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. All opinions are my own.
Last week I mentioned that I had the opportunity to satisfy one of my greatest passions…weeding.
Truly, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it since it’s not every day that I’m faced with an area large enough for a garden here in downtown Chicago.
The event was held at the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Albany Park. This farm is one of the largest community gardens in the city and has plots for more than 100 refugee families who grow food for their own families as well as the community.
What I loved about this farm is that many of the residents who garden here were farmers in their home countries, so the act of gardening not only helps their physical health, but their mental as well.
The event was sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, who graciously provided aprons, ALL the soaps, seed papers, and even some fancy hand washing stations which I’ll get to in a sec.
They also partnered up with the American Community Garden Association (ACGA) to put on this volunteer event, a non-profit organization of volunteers, professionals, and member-organizations working in support of community greening in rural and urban areas across the U.S.
We were helping to garden as part of National Plant Something Day, a day which encourages people to get out and plant flowers, herbs, veggies, or whatever they want! I was lucky enough to spend the day with some amazing people, including fellow bloggers Allie and dynamic duo Caitlin and Danielle.
My friend Katie also came out to help with all the weeding and planting. At first, I was minimally enthused about planting things, but when I heard that they needed some serious weeding, I knew THIS WAS MY JAM.
I’ve included every unflattering picture in this post, such as this one with a plant up my nose.
We were informed that these were early bulbs of garlic, but when I was growing up and picking weeds off the side of the road (stop judging me), I was told they were wild onions. I’m pretty sure the garden director knows more than I do, but who knows.
That monstrosity in my hand is one dandelion plant. ONE. They’re notoriously hard to get out of the ground, but thanks to the soil being mostly compost, weeds came up with no problem at all which made the day 100 times better.
Some groups planted, while you can see that I spent the entire time chasing down weeds and manically ripping them from the ground.
After we were done, we were able to wash our hands at these amazing sinks and could choose from several scents of Mrs. Meyer’s to use.
A quick bit about these soaps:
- Developed by Thelma Meyer, an Iowa housewife with a passion for gardening. She wanted to be able to bring the scents of her garden inside while also creating an environmentally-friendly cleaning product.
- Cruelty-free and not tested on animals
- Each fragrance is a one-note scent made with essential oils from flowers and herbs (THERE’S A BASIL SCENT).
I guess I’m staring lovingly at these soaps?
Oh look, the love is returned. (Don’t mind me, I’ve been up since 4 am).
As a way to continue their Plant Something Day campaign, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day also has two different ways to help give back and improve the environment:
If you’re looking for some AWESOME cleaning products (I’ve been using them since the event and think they’re great!) and want to give back, head to their website to get your orders in before June 15th!
And for ONE lucky winner, I have a gift basket full of cleaning products for you! You’ll get:
- Glass cleaner
- Hand soap
- Dish soap
- Tub & tile cleaner
- Basil seed papers (pictured toward the top of this post)
The seed papers are simply biodegradable sheets of paper with basil seeds embedded in them. Lay the paper under a thin layer of soil and water, which breaks down the paper and releases the seeds. I have about 21657467 of my own since I kill basil like nobody’s business.
To enter, simply choose from the following options in the widget below. The giveaway will be open for one week, ending at midnight on June 1st. Good luck!
- Do you like to garden?
- Planting or weeding?
- Do you use Mrs. Meyer’s products?