Here in the Midwest Fall 2013 the Autumnal Equinox will arrive this afternoon as the the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving south. Today we should experience equal lengths of daylight and darkness as the Earths Northern Hemisphere moves towards Winter.
Conversely Those living in the Southern Hemisphere are moving into Spring as they are now coming out of Winter. Thinking back to the anticipation of a new gardening season about to begin this last March and all the possibilities I can only be a bit jealous of those who shortly be going out to dip their hands into the warming earth and take in the odor of the rich soil.
Many of those in the Southern Hemisphere are busy starting seedlings and ordering plants to begin their new gardening year. I ponder the year we have had. While this year was a great year for the vegetable garden with many jars now safely stored on the canning shelves there were some things that also disturbed me. One thing that really hit home is the death of hundreds of mature Ash Trees in my neighborhood because of Emerald Ash Borer. It is sad to see hundreds of mature trees decades old dying like that because by the time you realize that something is wrong the only solution is the removal and proper disposal of the trees.
Much Garden Work Left To Do
There is still a lot of garden work left to do this year and chores that should not wait. The fall garden is starting and several more seedings of radishes still left to be done. The lettuce and greens are all in and will start producing some fresh salad greens for fall meals in the next few weeks. There are a lot of perennials that need to be divided and re-planted while the weather is cool and so they can get rooted in before the cold weather arrives. And lets not forget the leaves. They are like gold to the avid gardener, fodder for the compost pile that will break down into black gold to enrich the soil and put back to the earth.
Then there is the memories to record from the summer of 2013 those great get together with family and friends enjoying the warmth of a balmy summer afternoon. The Bursts of color throughout the garden as those plantings that were so well planned out gave even a better display than could be anticipated. The garden notes that need to be transcribed for next years garden projects. Then there is always beds that need to be mulched and the lawn that needs to be fertilized.
Most important of all is that it is time for me to go out and sit on the patio and enjoy the birds bathing in the waterfall and the goldfish swimming in the pond as I enjoy some of the last water lily blooms of the year and work on my Fall to do list!