Changing Time Means Changing Gardening Tasks

Time Change means changing gardening tasks
Time Change means changing gardening tasks

This weekend was the time change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. That means there will be more daylight in the morning, and less in the evening. Not a good thing for gardening after work. Before the time change, the sun rose at 7:40, and set at 6:33. After the change, the sun will rise at 6:43, and set at 5:35. There will be less and less daylight until December 21, when the daylight hours will begin increasing again.

For me, that means no gardening or lawn work until the weekend. I have to be driving to work before the sun rises, and will get home just as it sets. Fortunately, I work 10-hour days, so I have a 3-day weekend to do all the outside things that need to get done.

However, the amount of outside work is decreasing also. The lawn is not growing as fast and the garden is shutting down for the winter. It is also getting cooler, an advantage when gardening during the day.

So, the effect of the time change is to push gardening to the weekend, unless you can take care of the gardening tasks during the day. What do you do differently, now that the daylight hours have changed?

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