Did you know that the Summer Solstice was not always celebrated in mid-June? Mid-June was considered the Midsummer Solstice whencultures from all over the world celebrated the longest day of the yearwith festivities that lasted for days. PHS garden expert, Sally McCabe, shared this about the Summer Solstice and your garden. “The moon will be waxing on June 21st which causes it’s gravitational pull to shift the oceans’ tides away from land. This shift is the perfect opportunity to plant beans, but do not plant any root vegetables because this pull has the opposite effect.” Science of America Blog states that certain plants harvested on the Summer Solstice “like St. John’s wort, roses, rue, and verbena, acquired mystical properties on the year’s shortest night that they wouldn’t have if picked at any other time.” Not interested in this esoteric approach to the Solstice? Happiness has also been associated with the celebration of the Summer Solstice because of the longer exposure to daylight. It’s a day meant to be spent outdoors whether in your own garden or at the PHS Pop Up Gardens. The Pop Up Gardens will be kicking off a summer long celebration with the the Solstice. Check out the calendars for 9th & Wharton and 15th & South to stay up-to-date on the happenings at the PHS Pop Up Gardens!
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