This year, the 20th March is the Autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. I prefer to think that the Vernal equinox is first day of Autumn.
On the day of the Autumn Equinox, the Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun. The Sun rises due east, sets due west and reaches 52° above the horizon at noon. There are roughly 12 hrs of day and 12 hrs of night.
This begins such a wonderful time of the year when the mornings become crisper, and the days become softer. It’s a time to complete projects which have been started, and a time to begin to slow and reflect. Time for me now to do lots of things in the garden; last fertilise of orchard trees before winter, mulch, plant veges and prepare ground for spring flowers and bulbs.