“The definition of a Harvest Moon is: the full moon closest to the fall equinox. The Harvest Moon was thus named because it rises within a half-hour of when the sun sets. In early days, when farmers had no tractors, it was essential that they work by the light of the moon to bring in the harvest. This moon is the fullest moon of the year. When you gaze at it, it looks very large and gives a lot of light throughout the entire night. No other lunar spectacle is as awesome as the Harvest Moon.” — Harvest Moon Lore
Tis the harvest season!
Though our winters aren’t as harsh, there are still preparations to be made. As the days grow shorter, there’s a sense of urgency to preserve and plant.
Will it be a mild winter or wild one? Though one might scoff at such “old farmer tales,” we are trying to pick up clues from nature that will perhaps give us an answer about the upcoming winter – a heavy crop of acorns forebodes a severe winter. Do you believe in Weather Lore? Homesteading is all about becoming self reliant, right? Imagine if there was no TV weather person, no 24-7 weather channel or internet with up to date weather data could we (especially we city slickers), on our own, predict the weather? Predicting weather was one of the homeschool lessons we did as teenagers. Reading up on all the weather lore (from books at the library) and learning how to “read” the sky became one of our favorite lessons.
Hmmm, that topic could make for an interesting post, don’t you think?
In the garden, peas and other fall crops are being sown while we try to extend the last of the summer veggies. Beans, peppers and eggplants are still producing and we are hoping for another round of fall tomatoes. Though we had a very cool summer, our garden did quite well and we are blessed with shelves full of preserved produce.
For me, tis the season to dig into my craft basket and whip up some hand made creations.
It’s also a time to reflect on happenings on the urban homestead – what went right, or wrong, what can we improve and what new projects we’d like to bring the urban homestead. Our minds are churning and our hands are busy!
What are your fall reflections?