autumnal equinox

The autumnal equinox, a celestial event that marks the moment when the sun is directly above the equator and day and night are of approximately equal length, heralds the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

This transition point, occurring on September 22nd this year, is a significant moment for gardeners. As the days grow shorter and temperatures begin to drop, plants respond by preparing for the upcoming winter. Gardeners take this time to plant fall crops, harvest the last of summer’s bounty, and begin winterizing their gardens. The equinox serves as a reminder to mulch and protect sensitive plants, collect seeds for the next season, and prepare the soil for the dormancy ahead. The balance of light and dark during the equinox mirrors the balance gardeners strive for: a harmony between planting and harvest, growth and rest.