Suffering From Spring Syndrome


Country Moonspring

Fall is my favorite season. Summer graduations, weddings and ball games are over. Gardens are basically done. People are slowing down and are not always in a rush. You can actually take a breather. Ahhh ...

So, I know you are all thinking I have lost it. After all, it is spring and not fall and everyone loves spring, right? If you ask most people what their favorite season is they will name spring when the world comes alive again, the earth turns green and everything experiences rebirth.

This is my point exactly. Everything happens at once and everyone seems to be rushing around trying to do ten different things at once, especially if you live in the country. This is true even more so if you are a farmer.

Farmers work all winter repairing equipment, getting their seed orders in and buying fertilizer so they are ready to go when the weather breaks. And when that sun comes out and the thermometer starts to climb they are chomping at the bit to get in the fields. Never mind that the fields are still too wet to work. They will admit it is still too wet but they still have to drive over their fields just to make sure. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to spread just one load of fertilizer on the driest piece of ground. If that goes well, they inch on over to the adjoining field. And, if for some reason, they absolutely cannot get on their ground, they drive around just to see what their neighbors are doing. Like that is going to make a difference. Voila … spring syndrome.

This phenomena does not claim just farmers, but gardeners and generally anyone who lives in the country is prone. I am guilty just like everyone else. It is an old wives’ tale that potatoes are supposed to be planted on Good Friday, regardless of when that day falls since it is different every year. This week it was in March. I was so afraid that I would be late that Bud plowed my garden in 30-degree weather in a snowstorm. And, if this year is anything like last year, I will complain again when I have to dig potatoes because they are ripe even before August rolls around. Does this make any sense? It’s that spring syndrome again, just can’t wait to get out there.

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