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Summer Solstice

Today is the first day of summer, also called the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.  The Sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at “high-noon” on the summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day than any other, resulting in more growing hours of sunlight for plants. Summer solstice also marks a turning point and from now until winter solstice, the days will gradually begin to get shorter and the nights longer.  After the winter solstice the days will gradually begin to get longer and the nights shorter until the cycle starts again in June.

The length of days and nights from season to season affects the way many plants grow and what they do throughout the year. Plants are able to measure hours of darkness and how much cold or chill hours they have experienced, causing a plant to bloom, drop its leaves or experience new growth. Plants experience peaks of growth throughout the year depending on the weather and the number of daylight hours.  We use the Earth’s movement around the sun to develop planting calendars that help us determine which crops to plant at what time of year, the geography they grow best in and at what temperature. Some summer fruits that benefit from long hours of heat are stone fruit, melons and heirloom tomatoes.

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