Monday, March 05, 2012

Spring in Waiting~

March 20th is the official beginning of spring...1:14 AM...the Vernal Equinox will be in place.

This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of all things hibernating.

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” The spring and fall equinoxes are the only dates with equal daylight and dark as the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)

Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, ( saw hundreds today while planting a lettuce bed. ) ladybugs land on screen doors, plants/trees begin to bud. birds seem to arrive by tour bus, or magic, and flowers begin to bloom. The vernal, or spring, equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Spring Garden~

In my location, it is gardening time, spring beds are already planted and unless we have a late-nasty freeze, all will be well, can't fret about that-I plant and pray for the best conditions to allow my gardens a good outcome.

Spring crops are...all varieties of lettuce, spring onions, shallots, sweet peas,  spinach, parsley, and chives.

On Sunday, March 18th, we will have our yearly Spring Brunch....a meal to welcome the arrival of the rebirth of Mother Earth....
The meal is made solely from the garden and local meat and egg farmers.

Tip: Remember to wash and treat your gardening tools with a disinfectant prior to using-they can pick up bacteria of different kinds during the winter.

Tip: Check your compost pile/bin-if it looks good, this is the time to add it to your gardens-just a few scoops in already filled beds will be enough to add new life to the existing soil. The earthworms are busy right good/healthy soil is a promise.

Happy spring-happy Gardening~

Eat Well-Be Well...

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