Gardening carols

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    My husband participates in a beekeeping forum, and in the winter, beekeepers need something to keep busy. One of the ladies on the forum, Hobie, writes alternative lyrics to well-known carols. She has given permission for her song to be spread far and wide (she said the insanity shouldn't be confined to just a beekeeping forum!).
    Here are two gardening carols. The first, which inspired Hobie and the gardening insanity, is from Janine Pineo's gardening column in the Bangor Maine Daily News, Dec. 2008:

    Carol of the Worms
    by Janine Pineo
    (Carol of the Bells)

    Sing of the worm
    Soft, squishy worm
    Calling all day:
    "Throw scraps this way."
    Warm weather here
    Sunlight they fear
    Winter arrives
    Dig deep or die

    Casting away
    Working all day
    Making new dirt
    For flower spurts.
    Without their toil
    Say "goodbye, soil"
    And to the trees
    For Christmas needs

    Robins have found
    Worms without sound
    'Neath hill and dale
    Rare do they fail.
    Bring on the spring
    How the world sings
    For now the roots
    Fuel new shoots

    Merry, merry, merry, merry castings
    Merry, merry, merry, merry castings

    More, more they give
    Helping us live
    May we atone
    Keep green our homes

    Casting away
    Casting away


    The next two are by Hobie, inspired by the previous song:

    Cabbage Worms are Comin' To Town(Santa Claus is Comin' to Town)

    You better watch out
    You better inspect
    With their camouflage
    They're hard to detect
    Cabbage worms are coming to town!

    I'm lifting each leaf,
    And checking it twice;
    I really doubt those black specks are from mice.
    Cabbage worms are coming to town!

    White butterflies were pretty
    A-flitting 'round my crop
    But now those green worms chew and eat
    And it seems they'll never stop!

    Cruciferae sprouts and Brassica leaves
    It matters not to these little thieves
    Cabbage worms are coming to town
    Cabbage worms are coming to town

    White butterflies were pretty
    Should've read my garden tome
    If I had only known they would
    Call my broccoli their home

    You better wash well
    You better rinse deep
    You never can tell
    To where they might creep
    Cabbage worms are coming to town

    Ooh, you might hear a shout
    You might hear a scream
    If your veggie side dish
    Has "extra protein"!
    Cabbage worms are coming to town
    Cabbage worms are coming
    Cabbage worms are coming
    Cabbage worms are coming to town!

    And if you don't wake up at 2 a.m. humming that little ditty, here's another written by Hobie:

    Zucchinis are Piled Knee-High!(Angels We Have Heard On High)

    Zucchinis are piled knee-high,
    More still growing on the vine
    And our neighbors in reply
    Start their yearly groan and whine

    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, in excess is growing!
    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, kitchen over-flowing!

    Making bread and casserole,
    Muffins, fritters, pizza too.
    Soup and braised with escarole,
    Baked and broiled and with tofu.

    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, why does it keep growing?
    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, was I crazy sowing?

    Giving squash from door to door
    My zucchini serenade
    In the garden there's still more
    Neighbors hide and draw the shades.

    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, in excess is growing!
    Zu
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-u
    u-u-u-u-ucchini, in excess is growing!
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Those are hilarious, she has a way with words.
     
  4. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    :smt041 :smt041 :rofl: I really loved those!! What a wonderful sense of humour.
     

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