Monday, 16 March 2015

Eclipsing the Equinox

There might not be much to harvest from the hedgerows at this time of year but there is still plenty to get excited about.
The weekend of the 21st 22nd is when the Vernal (Spring) Equinox occurs. This is the first time of the year when the days and nights are of equal length; the second time is the Autumnal Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is also the time of year in the UK when the clocks get moved forward, so we loose and hour of sleep, which I could do without personally.
More excitingly, this week on Friday morning 20th March in the UK we will experience a partial solar eclipse, (almost total sounds more fun). In Southampton (where we live) this will occur at about 09:28 with about 83% of the sun covered. Do not try to use sunglasses or anything else; looking at the sun, even during an eclipse is very dangerous and can damage your eyes. The simple and safe way to watch the process is to make a pin-hole camera, or use a small mirror to cast the image onto a plain wall. You can download the Royal Astronomical Society leaflet here.
You will need your eyes to be working at their best during the coming months to spot all the beautiful blossom that is bursting out all over the trees in Spring. This bloom will hopefully be the precursor to vast amounts of free fresh fruit, which you will then be able to access and eat. If you can’t eat it all at once you can transform it into pies,cakes, puddings, jams, cordials, chutney or anything else that comes to mind.
You should also be adding the trees locations onto the FallingFruit map, this way you and other people will be able to locate them more easily in future years.
The Urbane Forager Book Update…
Swift progress is being made during the Spring on the Urbane Forager book and we are now in the final stages of the design work.

If you want to receive updates on the progress of this project, please notify me via the contact pages here or on our community website. Then we can invite you to the book release party and you can be among the first to own a signed copy.


  1. Hi! The falling fruit map never lets me add things :( Also do you know anywhere to find wild garlic? I went out in the woods for like two hours today and found nothing! :(

  2. Hi Libby
    I put a load of stuff on the Falling Fruit map today and it seemed OK. I did see a not saying that you have to enter the fruit type - I missed that once and it did not go on.
    ref. Wild Garlic, it should be flowering soon, so it will be easier to spot/smell. I don't know where you are but I have seen some on rough ground by my allotment just coming into flower.

  3. That should have read " I did see a note" ;-)