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Gardening Tips for the Pros and the Clueless

Spring officially starts about March 21st, following the Vernal Equinox (an expression usually reserved for crossword puzzles). Even if it's cold out, the equinox is the time at which the sun crosses the equator and at which time the days and nights in all parts of the Earth are of equal length. This will happen again in September. It's time to think about gardening.

Mary Ann King of Pine Ridge Gardens (An excellent, regional native plant nursery in London, Arkansas -- offers the following for those of us about to dig with high hopes.

"A Gardener's Prayer"
                    by Karel Capek

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day,
Say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning, but,
You see, it must be gentle & warm so that it can soak in;
Grant that at the same time, it would not rain on campion, alyssum
{Name your favorite.}, heliathus, lavender & others which…
You in Your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants -- I will write
Their names on a bit of paper if you like --
And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,
But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the spireae, or
On gention, plantain lily & rhododendron) and not too much;
That there may be plenty of dew & little wind, enough worms,
No plant lice & snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid
Manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.