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Fruiting Planting Days in Early Winter – Celebrating the Solstice

(Brett Hamlyn took the photos – they’re worth waiting for!)

Just a really quick post today, because this weekend we are celebrating the winter solstice (which actually falls on Monday).  It is something to celebrate for light-lovers like me – the days are way too short at the moment!

From Monday they will begin to get longer again, imperceptibly at first then faster and faster.  It is where all our lovely mythic tales about the child of promise, born in the depths of winter, come from.  We celebrate with a big baked feast with plum pudding and handmade gift exchange, for about 70 people.  It is one of my favourite annual events.

With all the excitement and guests though, I won’t be doing much gardening this planting break, so it is just as well that it is too late here for broad beans, too early for beans and tomatoes.  The only fruiting plant suited to planting right now is another round of peas and snow peas.

Happy Yule!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • The Urban Potager June 21, 2010, 8:01 am

    I to look forawrd to Winter Solstice, I dread the short days and long for sunlight, and so does my vegie patch! Bring it on!

  • Andrew Stanger June 21, 2010, 10:25 am

    Looks like a really nice celebration.

  • Linda June 21, 2010, 10:36 am

    It was! I love Yule. The giving of homemade gifts makes it such a different thing. We each draw a name out of a hat six weeks before, little kids included, and make a gift. There is a lovely ritual for giving, and then a “show and tell”. The inclusion of little kids removes some of the performance anxiety and even the least creative people find something in themselves.

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