The summer harvest starts in the springtime, even in late winter.
Nature also teaches us this lesson: "When it is the right time for things to be done, there is no time like the present."
This year's summer harvest has already started.
Aside from that first salad
of chicory, dandelion, chives, mint, parsley, and oregano,
which pop up ahead of everything else,
by March the wiser gardener
already has plants growing in pots
and in their cold frame, hothouse, or south-facing windows,
plants for transplanting when the soil has warmed a little.
Yes, Nature teaches us by its own awareness of our seasons.
The lilacs start to burst their buds,
and the fruit trees start
their first, perilous testing of spring's arrival.
For the procrastinators,
the saying of "Better late than never" applies.
Oh, yes it can be said some years
"Spring came a little late this year."
But spring has a record of always coming,
while mankind can be seasonally late
every year, if winter catches him dozing.
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It started in late winter, but look at it now!
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