Equinox means “equal night,” and on September 22, our Earth will see nearly equal amounts of night and day. The sun passes right over the equator at noon, and fall arrives when our hemisphere is tilted away from the sun. This is the bittersweet time of year when summer’s long, easy days grow shorter, and the light is lower in the sky. The leaves are already changing around here, and although the days are often still hot, there is a briskness, a coolness now, that I’ve noticed since just before our recent, surprising rain.
We’re still in the middle of a very serious years-long drought, and B. and I have modified our garden to not include so many thirsty plants. However, the drought garden, filled with natives and low-water vegetables and perennials on a drip irrigation system, is quite beautiful. It is also home to a very healthy colony of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators and birds.
This time of year is also traditionally when we celebrate the harvest and honor its bounty. We’re still picking and pickling green beans and cucumbers, and our beautiful black cherry tomatoes are finally coming in. And, for the first time, we’re harvesting hops and will try making our own beer.
Surely there’s much to celebrate here! Please share any tips for drought gardening, or harvested produce, and have a happy equinox!