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Spring Equinox

Spring DaffodilsA Happy Vernal Equinox to You!

Today is an important day in the garden calendar, from now until the autumn equinox the days will be longer than the nights in the Northern Hemisphere. The reverse being true for the southern.

It may be the official start of spring but the weather is hardly springlike. Yesterday the rain came down so hard when I was driving I thought I was going to have to pull over! Still the forecast is promising better weather soon. Fingers crossed.

I’ve still lots to do outside when the weather permits but the main structural jobs are nearly finished. Perhaps another 3 days work and it will just be normal cultivation. If we can only get a few rain-free days in a row, I’ll be able to start mowing and that will give me lots of useful grass clippings for mulching before the weeds start swamping the fruit bushes.

I’ve been researching the famous ‘dig for victory’ campaign. The government knew that the food front would be vital to continuing, never mind winning, the war before it came. They must have felt despair at the snow and sleet that fell frequently in March 1940, hindering their efforts to get the country growing and producing food before supplies were affected.

It seems that slow springs are nothing new!

Posted in Allotment Garden Diary

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