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Weekends are always busy, especially in the spring.
Last weekend was a perfect gardening weekend - the light rain helped soften the soil so the goutweed came out a little more easily. I made my way to my favourite garden centre and I was not alone. One greenhouse employee apologized for the barren shelves; looking for double impatiens was a little bit like trying to find yeast.
If you were busy doing other things and didn't get to your garden, there is still time, of course. I have some good news . . . the moon is on your side. Grandma and many others believed if you were putting seedlings or delicate annuals in the garden before the full moon in June, you were tempting fate.
June’s full moon, the Full Strawberry Moon, is tomorrow, June 5.
I, like many, always try to get a jump start on the season but I don’t usually come out ahead. An early tease often turns chilly by the end of May and we end up spending far too much valuable time hauling flats indoors at night and back out in the morning.
Remember 2018? On June 4 many Maritime communities were hit with a devastating frost. The full moon date that year was June 28.
I recently came across an old newspaper clipping that recounted a widespread late June frost in 1918 in southeastern New Brunswick. The first thing I did was to check the calendar. The frost came on June 19 and 20; the full moon, you guessed it, was after that, on June 24! Not everyone believes in weather folklore. I do - it’s proven to be accurate too many times not to.
Weather permitting, be sure you check out the moonrise tomorrow evening. When the moon is full, the moon and sun are directly opposite each other. As the sun sets in the west on the fifth, you can turn around to see the moon rise in the east.
Happy sky watching!
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