If you're ever in the Fort Wayne area of Indiana on a weekend near the 26th of September, you might want to check out the Johnny Appleseed Festival, named after one of the most unique characters and successful orchardists ever produced in the U.S. You can check out some fast facts about this legendary gentleman here.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This implies equal amounts of daylight and darkness, however this is not exactly the case. On September 23, 2015, the sun will rise at 6:56 a.m. EDT on the equinox and will set at 7:04 p.m., so there will be 8 minutes of day over night. Although the sun is perfectly over the equator, we mark sunrises and sunsets at the first and last minute the tip of the disk appears. And because of atmosphere refraction, light is bent which makes it appear as though the sun is rising or setting earlier.
By the way, this year, equal day and night won’t occur until September 26 with sunrise as 6:59 a.m. EDT and sunset at 6:59 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Three seasons ago there was a contamination scare that involved melons. It made me very glad that I was growing my own melons that year. Now I am experiencing the double whammy of a salmonella scare involving cilantro and cucumbers sending shock waves through the produce sections of American food stores.
Fortunately the FDA is right on top of this and has isolated the source of the contamination in each case. And even more fortunately, I can get all the cilantro and lemon cukes I want from my garden.
Food safety isn't the main reason I like to garden, but it is a really great side benefit.