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A Poem: Spring Procrastination

The summer harvest starts in the springtime, even in late winter.

Spring brings the first tastes of summer, with its chicory, chives, dandelion greens. mint, parsley, and oregano.  They are a first taste of other fresh salads to come later.

Spring brings the first tastes of summer, with its chicory, chives, dandelion greens. mint, parsley, and oregano. They are a first taste of other fresh salads to come later.

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.

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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!

It is never too late to start more seeds in the spring, but when the blossoms are on the cherry trees and the birds are nesting.  you can plant them directly in the ground.

It is never too late to start more seeds in the spring, but when the blossoms are on the cherry trees and the birds are nesting. you can plant them directly in the ground.

What goes down (into the soil) can come up, in the form of pole beans and other climbing seeds.

What goes down (into the soil) can come up, in the form of pole beans and other climbing seeds.

With good and timely efforts, and a little luck with late spring frosts, the harvest is assured. God willing.

With good and timely efforts, and a little luck with late spring frosts, the harvest is assured. God willing.

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