As Spring Equinox approaches we are spending lots of time in the garden. It’s that time of year when the green returns and we are enthused by spending time revelling in it. In the polytunnel beds have been dug and manured ready for the plants that are growing in the seed trays. The Peach tree is in full flower. This will need to be hand pollinated as there are few insects about this early. Some seeds are sown direct in the beds: Oriental Salad Mix, Rocket, Spring Onions and Spinach.
All the manure used in the garden is from our own animals. There’s also the compost made from vegetable waste from the garden, vegetable peelings and teabags from the house. It is full of worms, beautifully dark and crumbly.
Spring Equinox is a day earlier than usual this year because of the leap year. The Equinox ocurs about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day backwards on leap years, hence 20th March this year. The Sun will be rising earlier each day now, 6.o5 tomorrow, and nightfall will be coming later and later.
Strawberries are already flowering in the polytunnel, very early this year. This is an alpine variety, small but very sweet fruits.
At the Vernal Equinox day and night are of almost equal length. The Sun rises exactly in the east, travels through the sky for 12 hours, then sets exactly in the west. I look forward to the budding trees revealing their beautiful new leaves, the wind becoming less harsh, plants sprouting and everything being seized by the vibrancy of the Spring season. For this is the real beginning of Spring.
Everything in nature is being revived, growth really takes off and the Sun is gaining height and strength. A great festival of awakening.
Happy days to all. May you and yours revel in the joy and beauty of it all.