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March 2013

"When law can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow,
An' when the leaves in summertime their color dare not show,
Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen;
But till that day, plaise God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green."
Author Unknown

Mid-Atlantic weather watch: Snow in the northern part of the region, showers in the south (1,2,3,4) turning cloudy and windy (5,6,7,8,9,10,11). Rain with some snow in the north (12,13,14,15); fair and colder (16,17) with more snow and stormy weather with rain in the south (18,19). Fair and cold (20,21,22,23,24,25,26) with yet more snow or rain in the south (27,28) turning windy and quite cold (29,30,31).

Full Moon: March’s Full Moon will occur on March 27th at 4:27 AM EST. Many Native American Tribes called it Sap Moon because the sap would start to rise and run at this time throughout the region. It also has been known WORM MOON because March’s warmer temperatures often softened the earth just enough to allow earthworms to begin burrowing out of the ground.

Special Notes: The Vernal Equinox will occur on Wednesday, March 20th and signals the arrival of Spring. Maryland Day falls on Monday, March 25th in 2013 and commemorates the landing of Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore and the first colonists on St Clement’s Island in 1634. The Maryland colonists held a special ceremony to give thanks for their safe arrival on that day. The king gave the colony to the Calvert family as a gift, on the conditions that the king was paid an annual rent of two arrowheads and that the colony must be named after his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. It was called "Mary-Land" or Maryland, as it is known today. The celebration to commemorate this historic event began in Maryland schools in 1903 and it was made an official state holiday in 1916. The day is traditionally celebrated with three days of fun, interactive, and educational programs, March 22nd, March 23rd, and 24th in and around the Annapolis and the So. Anne Arundel County areas. And don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead when Daylight Savings starts on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 AM EST.

Holidays: Be sure to wear something green in honor of St. Patrick on Saturday, March 17th! Palm Sunday is March 24th, Good Friday is on March 29th, and Easter Sunday is March 31st.

The Garden: Get started early if the weather allows. As soon as your compost pile thaws, start to turn it with a fork as best you can. March is prime time for feeding shrubs and perennials that bloom in the Summer months. Try and plant your peas on St. Patrick’s Day. For best selection, consider buying Summer bulbs like gladiola, cannas, irises, dahlias and lilies but wait until mid to late April to plant.

J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living:

"It is often true that the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows"

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