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agricultural seasons in the Shire?

Can someone tell me when would be the start of harvest, in the Shire? For wheat, say, and other grains, and orchard fruit -- crops you'd need a lot of hand labor to bring in?



Re: agricultural seasons in the Shire?

Hi Jo -

Since Tolkien based it so explicitly on England, I try to stick as closely to the English climate as I can when writing about the Shire. I've often had to resort to asking our UK members for seasonal pointers - this kind of info can be surprisingly hard to find elsewhere.

For wheat & other grains, harvest will partly depend on weather conditions earlier in the year; a late spring or a very wet summer, for example, can delay the harvest. Generally speaking, though, you'd expect to be harvesting in August to mid-September.

For apples, I'm not sure where I remember this from, but I think that apple season would be later - September or October?? (Take that with a grain of salt, though, for as I've said I don't remember my source.)



Re: agricultural seasons in the Shire?

Thanks, Forodwaith (hope I spelled that right?) -- anyhow, much appreciated! I'm tangling with a story where this turns out important.



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