There are two schools of thought when determining the official change of the seasons. Some folks believe it should be on the equinox which by my reckoning means we still have 21 more days of balmy summer days.
But the thing is… I am so impatient in the spring that I can’t make myself wait for the equinox for the spring to start – I want to sow my seeds and the thought of waiting for the equinox for summer to start is too much to bear. So for the seasons that herald the beginning of the growing season and the warm weather, I like to go with the monthly season system where the first day of September is the first day of spring and the first day of summer is the first day of December. Seriously I couldn’t stand waiting an extra three weeks for these seasons to begin. It doesn’t really matter too much when winter gets going as by then the weather is miserable and to be honest it doesn’t bother me too much what season it is because it is just yucky.
So here we are on the first day of March and as tempting as it is to extend the perception of the long hot sunny season, I really ought to be consistent. As much as I hate to admit it… today is the first day of autumn. We are beginning our long slow descent into the cold dark days. Sigh.
Although without a calendar or clock this whole thing is neither here nor there. It’s either hot or it’s not, but the clues are in the garden that the season is on the turn. Anything that can be struck by powdery mildew has been struck. The tomato plants that were once lush green plants dominating the landscape are now more like a Christmas tree left up too long and all the leaves are browning and the tomatoes are bright shades of red demanding to be harvested every day. The corn has gone… mostly. A couple of stalks are still hanging in there for a few more days. There are beds coming empty and it could all be doom and gloom.
I say “could be”, but autumn has a saving grace…. Cold weather crops. I have been sowing seeds, planting seedlings and planning where to put things and alongside the never ending harvesting and processing, this changing of the season is much more hectic than any other.
So becoming autumn isn’t really that bad, but all we need now is the soft warm autumn rain. According to the boffins at the weather office we have to wait until at least the 22nd of March. Everyone is hoping that we will be declared in an official drought situation today but what the farmers are really hoping for is a long steady rain that will soak deep into the parched soil.
Come again soon – just because its autumn doesn’t mean it’s all over!
Sarah the Gardener : o )