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Well there’s nothing like going from a cool spring to immediate hot summer weather.

It would have been nice to have a few weeks of 80’s before we hit 90’s and high humidity causing heat indexes in the 100’s, but I guess it is appropriate that the Summer Solstice is this Sunday, marking the official start of summer.

Would you like to know what the Summer Solstice means for the Northern Hemisphere? Sure you would.

Also known as June Solstice, it is when Earth arrives at the point in the orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt toward the sun, also making it the longest day of the year.

For the Southern Hemisphere, it is the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter as the South Pole is tilted away from the sun.

On June 20th, the sun will rise at 6:07 a.m. and set at 8:44 p.m., for a total of 14 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

And it happens to fall on Father’s Day this year so there will be plenty of hours to play in the garden…or maybe play golf.

Then from there the days will begin to get shorter as the Earth continues its orbit around the sun.

Too bad the longest day has to be sol darn hot!

So, Mother Nature has turned up the heat and turned off the water, so we already have to get the hose out and start the watering routine.

When you water, make sure you water thoroughly and most plants will be fine with every other day.

However, potted plants may dry out quicker with this heat so you may have to hit them daily.

The Saturday Market will be adding green beans and squash to the vegetable list, along with lettuce, kale, spinach, chard, radishes, onions, garlic, chicken, eggs and grass-fed beef, baked goods, assorted salsas and jellies, tamales, cabbage rolls, hummus and tabouli.

Come and see us from 9 to Noon! Enjoy the Earth! Diana