FULL MOON, LIBRA + AUTUMN EQUINOX

I could wax lyrical about the joy of Autumn for days on end if i was allowed to. The light is soft, the sky is high, the ground is dewy & nature feels calm. We’re harvesting the last of our summer abundance in the vegetable garden & nurturing depleted summer soils with rich composts, nutrients & mulch.

Being the Autumnal Equinox as well as the last super moon of the 2019 super moon series, today is the definitive shift towards shorter days, cooler nights and slower times in our gardens. Generally, this is the time as mentioned before, to really get our soils built back up again- time to add in our rich summer compost , lightly aerate, plant out a green crop. Its also a great time to get compost absolutely firing- deciduous trees are dropping their leaves (carbon) and the last of our summer crops will provide a rich source of nitrogen to create a good balance. The warm days are also crucial in building up internal temperatures before the cool of winter sets in.

For me & the flowers this shift in day length means the beginning of a drop in temperature at night. This is essential (particularly in the Northern Rivers region), for planting out spring bulb crops. They need the balance of the soft warmth of the day followed by the cool of the night to really germinate well. As ever after a full moon though, we are going into the ‘inahle’ phase of the earth and the lunar cycle. Water & nutrients are being inhaled or absorbed by the earth making the next two weeks of the waning moon the ideal time to do soil work mentioned above. I’ll be doing all of this in preparation for my spring bulb plant out in a couple of weeks after our next new moon. Along side these things, this is also a window of the season to make BD500. I’ve never made my own but am going to endeavour to give it a go . So off i go to find a lactating cow and some horns. More to come on this soon….

delicious.

Alchemilla