For this year's annual garden poetry contest, you're free to write about the gardening topic of your choice. Write an ode to your lawn, your pruners or your blight-stricken tomatoes -- it's up to you, just keep entries to a maximum of seven lines.
The best submissions will be published in Newsday and on Newsday.com, and Garden Detective Jessica Damiano's favorite will get a surprise in the mail.
Email your poem, along with your full name, mailing address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Garden Poetry" in the subject line, or send it by mail to: Jessica Damiano, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY, 11747. Submissions must be received by 12:01 a.m. May 23.