A beginning farmer started to sow his crops in the spring.
The adequate date to start planting is of course never set in stone; the multiplicity of factors such as still freezing temperatures and snow, along with heavy rainfall, had to be taken into account.
Every farmer ultimately has to use their best guess when starting off the year’s crop, but they often like to make it seem as if they have some special magical “knowledge” of the right time to plant.
The new farmer heard all of the talk at the co-op; the older farmers all giving them their sage advice:
“...When the first moss starts to grow on the tree…”
“...The first brood of the new year…”
...and even more “modern” techniques…
“...the first high barometric pressure reading after the last winter storm…”
This of course, confused the poor man more than it helped, so he decided to come up with his own rationale.
Whenever it felt right to plant, was the right time to plant.