Unlike scrapbooking, genealogy, homebrewing, model trains, or cosplay, gardening brings with it an inseparable relationship to time and season. During the late fall and early spring—whenever those may fall for you—we are most at the mercy of that relationship. And for some gardeners, the interventions of the twice-yearly time changes are irksome and unnecessary complications.
As a zone 6ish resident, I’m not exactly longing to garden later in the day in November, but as a commuter I can appreciate both DST and ST. There is something eerily satisfying about driving to work at 7 when the moon is still out (DST). And I enjoy seeing the lurid Buffalo sunset at 5 p.m. on my way home (ST). Sunrise is never as pretty. Finally, when all’s said and done, I do like that extra hour on a fall weekend.
But others have stronger opinions. One of our guest Ranters, James Roush, was rather vehement in a 2010 post on his blog about this:
Please, I beg of the vast uncaring federal bureaucracy, either send us to DST year-round or at least leave us alone on Standard Time so we can adjust once and for all. I am a simple native farmboy, raised to open my eyes with the sunrise and close them at sunset, and I have never adapted well to sudden changes in my wake-sleep schedule. My failure to roll with the clock is arguably worse than for others because I was raised and spent my first 20 years in one of the small areas of the continental United States (Indiana) that never changed time until the bureaucrats messed with our biorhythms further in 2006.
I can’t say I share the Professor’s frustration. Fact is, I really only have time to garden on weekends, regardless of time and weather. I rely on my husband to keep up with the watering, and, if I’m really in trouble, I take half a day. Sadly, I’ve had to watch too many perfect gardening days from the windows of a corporate office park.
The time changes disrupt things a bit, creating some welcome twice-yearly excitement.
But there is always anti-or-pro DST activism; according to this, someone thinks that Florida should opt out of the whole thing. And—just in—I heard on NPR as I was making my (now)daylight commute that robberies increase during standard time thanks to the increased darkness toward the end of the day. So keep your porchlights on.