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Archive date:  September 19, 2013

Harvest Moon

‘Back lot’ selections now 75% off!

For many years I have lived under a misconception.  Okay, I likely still live under many misconceptions; however, I wish to deal with a specific misguided bit of information I have had with regard to Harvest Moons.  If you’re an early bird like me, you’re in luck Friday morning. The Harvest Moon will shine. The brightest time actually happens at 6:13 a.m. competing with the sun, which rises about a half hour later.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs nearest the time when we switch from summer to fall, a/k/a, the autumnal equinox. (It’s this Sunday, Sept. 22.) Though the Harvest Moon is an ordinary full moon, no bigger or brighter than any other, it does have some unique quirks: Typically, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, but around the Harvest Moon, that time difference drops to just 30 minutes or so.

Every full moon rises around sunset, however the lag time between successive moonrises shrinks to a yearly minimum. Because of this, it seems as if there are several full moons for a few nights in a row usually around the time of the Harvest Moon. This morning was incredible!

The lunar event is aptly named, so called by providing extra light for those who worked in the fields. In the days before artificial lighting, farmers relied on moonlight to help them harvest their crops. Moonlight became an essential part of farming. I always thought it was called Harvest Moon due to dust in the atmosphere created by harvests, accentuating the orange color at moonrise and moonset.


One thing’s for sure, you won’t harvest anything if you don’t plant.  We have cool season garden plants; plant now for fall harvest. We continue to expand our selection of ornamental plants as well!  We are extending our 50% off sale on selected pottery! Additionally, we are offering ‘back lot’ specials for 75% off! There are tremendous values to be had…and we are now open Sundays, Noon ‘til 4pm.


Autumn arrives…at Bates Nursery & Garden Center,


David Bates