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Easter weather, Seeding, and Honey bees

Hi Everybody!

We hope you had a Happy Easter and enjoyed the taste of Spring that we had last weekend.

The date for Easter changes every year because it's based on the first full moon after the Equinox.

The four seasons are based on the four cardinal sun dates of Spring and Fall Equinox and Summer and Winter Solstice. 

Traditional and tribal cultures noticed, however, that the season didn't actually begin until it was "activated" by the full moon.  So Spring weather tends to appear around the time of the first full moon after the equinox.  

The Equinox was March 20 this year and the full moon was Wed, March 27 with Easter being the following Sunday.  Right on time, we had great temperatures altho a few clouds kept a chill in the air.

Results vary from year to year but this basic principle can be observed.


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Now is a great time for sowing seeds.  The full moon in March is known as the "Seed Moon" because temperature, moisture and sunlight are working together in a powerful way.

Grass seeds won't germinate until they are touching soil.  We like to put down some topsoil on the brown patches and sprinkle seed onto it and then rake it in so the birds don't get it and to prevent the seed from drying out.


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My friend Chris Saad has honey bees and he told me the bees are bringing in pollen from the soft maple trees which are flowering now.  That would be Silver Maple and  Red Maple.  These are always one of the first trees to flower in the Springtime and the bees are working the trees to get pollen which they use for food.  Pollen is high in protein and minerals and bees use these nutrients to grow their bodies.  Nectar is high in sugars which they use to fuel their activity but there is not a lot of nectar right now.


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Chris is out and about applying organic lawn fertilizers now that the weather has warmed up a bit.  Feel free to contact him at [email protected] to schedule a free estimate for professional feeding of your lawn and trees.  


Happy Gardening everybody and feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!

Bill







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