Saturday, 4 October 2008

the autumn equinox

We have passed the equinox now and this seems to have coincided exactly with a cooling of the weather and a shortening of the days.

An equinox is not the result of the unnatural union between a stallion and a cow. It is the crossing of the equator by the Sun when the length of day and night are approximately equal everywhere on Earth. For around those two days, day length is the same wherever you are. File under 'interesting facts'.
The equinoxes occur around March 21 and September 23 and for us mark the official beginning of spring and autumn respectively.

So autumn is a-coming in and preparations to put the allotment to bed are well under way.

Beans are hanging in there until the weather gets too cold and mustard gets ready to weather the winter in herringbone lines.

Sweetcorn still stands, to hold up the climbing beans but will be dug out soon.

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