I’ve figured out the secret to getting more time in the garden!
It’s simple: let your garden clock get blown down in a rainstorm and let its back fill with rain.
Way back when I felt that every minute spent away from our toddler was a huge motherhood sin, I installed a cheap kitchen clock on the garage wall within full view of the gardens. And it’s been a wonderful clock. Thriftily, it uses one double-A battery per year, and its time has been reliably accurate (to my dismay: when I needed more time it didn’t give it to me, of course). I noticed it had wound down last week so I took it down (I can jump to reach it), replaced the battery, then I never bothered to find a ladder to reinstall it. (I didn’t have time to, you see.) So of course at the first puff of wind it fell off the sill where I had placed it and then got drenched.
Now, it keeps completely wild time! When I took this photo, it was noon. Garden time, right? Too bad nobody else lives by it.