On the eve of August’s full moon I feel both happy and sad. We have just over a month of summer left and with luck, two more months before the frost. Traditional native American names for August’s full moon include: Sturgeon Moon (historically a good time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes), Green Corn Moon, Wheat Cut Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Moon When All Things Ripen.
August is a time when crops such as corn, zucchini, cucumber, apples, eggplants, peppers and squash reach maturity. The amount of bounty has dropped across Ontario, including my garden, due to a scarcity of rain. However conditions vary from location to location and markets still display local produce.
Where I live, rain finally came over the last few days so I wrote a full moon tanka:
At last! rain drenched soil
Drooping leaves lift up, fruits swell
fresh flowers open.
Revived gardens come alive,
Hopes ripen on August moon.
This photo, sourced at Pixabay, shows how red peppers ripen from green to red. A few of my peppers–the ones not eaten by rabbits–have been turning red recently. They are small, but tasty.
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