I noticed on the calendar there will be a full moon on July 22. That reminded me of something my brother taught me years ago. He is a rammed earth builder and knowing what the sun exposure is year round is very important to how he sites his buildings.

Anyway, he told me that if you stand out in your yard around midnight on a clear and brightly lit night at the summer solstice, where the moonshine hits the ground is where the sun will be at the winter solstice. Of course, it works the other way, too. December moonshine will show where early summer sun will be. Well, we’ve missed the solstice but we are still in the ballpark.

Before I knew this, I thought in a new space I’d have to wait a full year to really know where there would be enough sun to plant my winter garden. This method takes much less of a time commitment—watch for a clear night and stay up late. We’ve had many customers who are gardening new spaces wonder which trees or buildings will block the lower winter sun’s rays from hitting their garden plots. This is a simple way to plan your garden location. Be sure to note which trees are deciduous, as they will drop their leaves in the fall and let more sun through.

Check out my brother Meror’s portfolio site if you want to see some incredibly wonderful buildings! sirewall.com/portfolio.