Annoying step back or welcome relief?

Annoying step back or welcome relief?

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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.

Posted by

Elizabeth Licata
on November 4, 2013 at 8:02 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy, Science Says.

    • Laura Bell
    • 23rd July 2016

    I’m exhausted by day’s end regardless of what the clock says, so that’s not my issue w the time change. Last week I could still work outside for an hour or two after the job & the commute. This week? It’ll be dark when I leave the house & dark when I return. Last week I could go to the garden to work off the frustrations of the office, the ridiculous drive, the messages from my son’s teacher. And really – the yard could use my attention for a while still. This week … what the heck am I supposed to do? I just wish we’d stick to either Daylight Savings or Standard Time. Choose one & stop screwing with our body clocks and gardening schedules!

    • Chris Coen
    • 2nd August 2016

    Oh, please don’t leave your porch lights on! All that light – from your porch and your neighbor’s and his neighbors and theirs – disturbs the nighttime feeding and mating habits of moths and other insects we desperately need as pollinators, now that the honeybees and their ilk are so threatened. Do you muse nostalgically for the days when lightning bugs cast their semaphore all around you? Turn off the porch (and other outdoor) lights, and we might get them back.

    • Chris Coen
    • 4th October 2016

    You can mark me as one who hates time change. It doesn’t reduce crime – I cannot locate any support for this allegation on the internet, including the NPR website, though perhaps when they archive this morning’s shows later today it’ll show up. It doesn’t save energy (a bit dated, but another NPR interview which refutes that common claim: All it means is that, when we switch back to standard time, my dogs wake me up at 4:30 instead of 5:30, and so I effectively lose an hour for the month it takes them to adjust. Same for after the spring time switch. Bah humbug indeed.

    • John
    • 26th October 2016

    I’m with you Chris, our normal 5:30 am multi-doggie alarm clock becomes an unbearable 4:30 am multi-doggie alarm clock, and the month long adjustment period is just painful.

    • John
    • 3rd November 2016

    As a Zone 4 resident, gardening is pretty much done and over when Fall-back hits, so I’m never missing out on much outside sunlight time.

    • Tibs
    • 5th November 2016

    Few years back they moved the time fall back to the 1st Sunday in nov. I like this better because it gives me an hour more of daylight in evenings. I get a lot done. I think we should push for partial hibernation. Work only in the daylight hours. Sleep more.

    • bittenbyknittin
    • 11th November 2016

    ST or DST, I don’t care – just stop with the changing back and forth. It has nothing to do with gardening – I just find it hard to adjust. (But then, I live in Indiana and enjoyed NOT changing for many a year.)

    • BKida
    • 12th November 2016

    It’s a government mandate- albeit, state by state, that exemplifies the worthless nature of our current state of affairs. For the folks who claim they “enjoy the extra hour”…are you kidding me? Whether this was truly said by a native American or not it summarizes the absurdity perfectly. “‘Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and believe he has a longer blanket.’

    • Sandra Knauf
    • 14th November 2016

    It’s a big, unwelcome disruption (like we need more of those in life). I hate that it gets dark at 5 p.m. Thumbs’ down.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 15th November 2016

    How sad for all of you with dogs that wake you up so early! That would be SO ANNOYING! My little French Bulldog sleeps until I wake up – even when I oversleep. I think it is in the breed, I’ve had 2 and they were both like this. As for the time change, for me it depends on my mood. Some years I have welcomed DST, some years I rail against it and it depresses me. Fall is my favorite time of year, so generally, I’m ok with it. I love that we have more “cozy time”. I like the darkness, the chill in the air, the fires in the fireplace. For me, it is an easy adjustment, but I don’t have dogs waking me up at 4:30 am! YIKES!!!

    • admin
    • 15th November 2016

    I find the changes difficult for my internal body clock, but I love the picture you paint of driving with the moon. In the country where I live, the moon is larger than life two or three days out of every month. When I worked for a law firm long ago, I begged my boss to let me come in earlier so I could have a few moments of sun on the way home even in winter By 6:00 p.m.m it was pitch dark. He thought I was crazy, but he agreed.~~Dee

    • Robart
    • 15th November 2016

    I hate this time changing.. Grrrrr

    • Lucy
    • 15th November 2016

    I agree that Florida should skip it completely.
    It’s so close to the equator that the day length difference between summer and winter is much smaller than up north.

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