Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Equinox 2015

Yesterday was the Spring (Vernal) Equinox, the first day of Spring.  This is the moment that the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal, because the earth's axis is neither tilted toward or away from the sun.  This occurred, in San Francisco, at exactly 3:45 pm.

Because we hardly had any winter (frost or rain) at all, almost every tree and vine in my garden is in bloom.  I spent the day inspecting and feeding all of my plants.  Of course, I had help from my Garden Supervisor and my Director of Pest Management. However, they seemed more focused on the dog next door.

The apricot tree (my favorite) is in bloom.

There are even tiny apricots.

There are cherry blossoms..

and pear blossoms..

and the beginning of apple blossoms..

The blueberries are blooming..

and so are the lemons, limes and oranges.

There are pomegranate blooms, 

Grape blooms, 

and I even found a ripe raspberry!

The only plant that isn't blooming yet are the blackberries. There are flowers blooming everywhere ...


Normally, I would start my summer vegetables in the house, in small pots.  Because the weather is so mild this year, I planted tomatoes, beans and cucumbers outside.  There just doesn't seem to be any indication that we will get any frost.  I also planted more carrots, beets, lettuce and spring onions. Don't forget the basil, parsley and cilantro.

Spring is here (at least here on the west coast), so start planting!  If you don't have space on the ground, you can grow your veggies in containers..I do both.

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