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Seasons of the Sun: Late Winter/Early Spring 2021

Debra Redalia

 

This early spring edible flower suddenly appeared this week on the perennial borage plant in my garden.

 

Since one of the aspects of eating whole is to eat the whole spectrum of foods available throughout all the seasons of the year, this year I want to give more context to the current season in Nature and guide you to find what is in season where you live.

To do that, we need to establish more awareness of the seasons.

Many years ago, when I first started becoming more aware of nature, the first thing I reached for was to learn about natural time and how it is different from industrial time.

Natural time is reckoned by the sun, moon, and planets as they move through the sky. They have their own map to identify where they are in relation to the Earth. It’s called the zodiac. Learning about the zodiac is a lesson in and of itself, which I think I should write separately. But for now, just know that all of nature runs on its own time, with the sun, moon, and planets functioning as calendars and clocks.

On this blog we’re just going to follow the seasons established by the sun as it moves through the zodiac.

The starting point for the sun is Winter Solstice, which already happened in December. Today is the
Then three months later, when the sun gets to Spring Equinox, the day and night are of equal length. This is the start of the Earth year—the “birthday of the Earth” because this is the time when the plants generally spring out of the earth and begin to grow ever upward toward the sun.

Today is the day where the season of winter crosses with the season of spring. Its halfway point between Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and Spring Equinox, the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice, when the day and night are equal in length. So from now until 21 March, winter will get less and less while spring begins to emerge. Here in California we have “intermittent weather” that alternates between stormy and sunny, sometimes several changes on the same day!

This is the season where we are waiting and watching for the last frost so we can start planting our organic garden. We are cleaning up the remains of last year’s garden and making the beds ready for this year’s planting.

I’ll be writing about foods that are in season now at my farmer’s market. What foods are in season where you live and what is the weather like where you are today? Please leave a comment. I would love to know.