Our Founding Fathers

Here in the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day. As I do every year, I think of our Founding Fathers, those brave men who vowed to “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” They laid down everything to give us a type of country that had never before existed. This week, while looking through a couple of seed catalogs (planning for the fall planting!), I started wondering what our Founding Fathers actually laid down. What were their lives like? What did they do? I assumed most were lawyers; and, in some cases, that’s true. But I found out many were farmers or plantation owners. As a gardener, I found that interesting. So, I did a little research to see how many Founding Fathers were farmers!

Daylight Saving Time in the Garden

I received an email at work today reminding us that Daylight Saving Time begins March 10. Groaning, I mentally rehearsed all the reasons I hate it. That one hour loss in the morning disrupts my circadian rhythm for the entire summer! I never adjust. My rooster alarm will crow at 4:00 a.m., but my body will know it’s only 3:00 a.m. and be screaming to go back to sleep. I’m used to driving to work in the dark, but going to bed by 8:30 p.m. is difficult enough without sunlight peeking around my blinds. I’m tortured every year with this, wondering why we even do it. Learn why and take a poll!