Friday, October 16

Precuationary Tales of Halloween V

Go to the garden when the beet patch grows full
on Halloween night and begin to pull
at the stroke of twelve if the beet is straggly
sad lot for thee
but if smooth and round a happy life thine will be
Now...I know, I know...beets on Halloween? Seriously? But it's simple...back when Jack o' Lanterns were first being carved for home windows and carried on All Saints Day, they first used a variety of beet called mangel-wurzel. Thus, your quick history lesson for the day! Other beet forklore proclaims that if a maiden and youth eat from the same beet-root, they will be destined to fall in love. Ah, young love, so tend your gardens well this Halloween season.

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