Let There Be Light

Is Daylight Saving Time inspiring you to get ready for spring?

by Rachael Dupree

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Photo courtesy iStock/Thinkstock (HobbyFarms.com)

It’s finally that coveted time of year we’ve all been waiting for. This Sunday, Daylight Saving Time officially begins. After a long, harsh winter for many of us, the days are finally getting longer, and in no time, we’ll be off to work transplanting seedlings and nurturing new members of our flocks and herds. I, for one, am looking forward to evenings spent tending my garden and enjoying grilled farm-grown meals on my back patio.

It’s been a tough season. We’ve survived a polar vortex and multiple blizzards, and our friends on the West Coast continue to endure severe drought—but there’s hope on the horizon for many of us. Although we are losing a precious hour of sleep this weekend, we’ll be gaining valuable daylight that we can spend prepping our land for the growing season ahead. Think of this time as a launching pad for the spring to come, and start making a plan for action.

On my small bit of land, I’m working on a plan to expand my garden, adding in sections especially for medicinal and culinary herbs. I need to borrow a tiller to dig up the lawn and begin acquiring various native plants to include in the herbal mix. Even though we still have snow on the ground here in Kentucky, I already have visions of bright-purple Echinacea flowers and fragrant lemon balm growing alongside our tomatoes and peppers this summer. This peek at what’s to come gives me hope and helps quell my severe case of cabin fever.

Is Daylight Saving Time inspiring you to get ready for spring? If so, tell me what you’ve got in the works. 

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