A day celebrated for trivia? Why not? It’s the perfect excuse to share some random facts about plants, hummingbirds and the benefits of gardening. Enjoy!
- Hummingbirds breathe up to 250 times each minute.
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
- The nests of hummingbirds are the size of a half dollar.
- Hummingbirds cannot smell, but have keen eyesight.
- Unless they are in captivity, hummingbirds are not found in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia or Europe. Aren’t we lucky here in the U.S.?
- Tomatoes are even better for you after they are cooked.
- Green beans have more antioxidants than peas.
- The first carrots came from Afghanistan and were purple.
- Thomas Jefferson grew 15 different kinds of lettuce at Monticello.
- The original Mr. Potato Head toy included plastic eyes, ears, noses, mouths and hats to insert into a real potato. Twelve years later, in 1964, a plastic potato was added to the toy.
Benefits of Gardening Trivia
- Planting seedlings burns 322 calories per hour; watering plants burns 108 calories per hour.
- Children who play in the dirt have healthier immune systems.
- Children diagnosed with ADHD have fewer symptoms if they spend time playing outside.
- Employees who work in offices with plants or have a view of nature through windows are more productive and take less sick days.
- Surgical patients experience less pain and heal faster if they have a view of trees.
Miscellaneous Gardening Trivia
- Larrea tridentate, or the creosote plant, is reportedly the oldest living tree at nearly 12,000 years old.
- The earliest evidence of agriculture dates back to 9,000 BC in the Near East and North Africa.
- The wheelbarrow was invented in 231 AD by a Chinese general to help his troops move supplies through muddy conditions.
- The first greenhouse was built in 1619 to protect orange trees at Heidelberg Castle in Germany by Salomon de Cause.
- Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is named for the town where the first collected plants were grown in 1910 by Harriet Kirkpatrick.
Do you have a random fact about gardening? Share it.
Garden with me! (One more truly trivial tidbit of trivia today: this is the 224th time I’ve added this phrase to a blog post.)