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The arrival of third week in June brings us the last day of spring and the first day of summer. This year, it will occur at 10:07am GMT on Thursday, June 21, but only in the Earth's northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it's the winter solstice.

But how can we be so precise? How can we know that it occurs at 10:07am GMT? The trick is in understanding a bit more about the summer solstice in terms of our planet's orbit around the sun.

As we travel around the sun, Earth is spinning in a 24-hour long day on its north south axis. But the north south axis of the planet has a wobble, so it's not spinning like a perfect top. Twice a year, on the spring equinox and the fall equinox, it does spin like a perfect top because the equator is the point on Earth nearest the sun, relative to our north-south axis
 

 


The word solstice derives from Latin, meaning 'sun stands still'. This word
was chosen because when the solstice occurs the sun appears to stand still.




 
No matter where you live, growing food in containers can be accomplished if you learn some basics. While some types of vegetables are better suited to growing with their roots in the ground, the determined gardener can grow almost any kind of food plant in containers. 
As we approach the summer solstice, the spring garden is transformed into something quite different. Various plants begin to behave in new ways. Growth really kicks in for vine-forming plants, while other leafy greens suddenly go to seed. 
 
Through April and May we enjoyed a very robust display of lupins planted around our farmhouse and over the septic berm. The blue and purple flowers were visible from the nearby overpass and painted a streak of colour across the property. 
 
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