Using Moon Phases as A Planting Guide

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Gardening by moon phases has been practiced for centuries.
 
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Gardening by moon phases has been practiced for centuries.

 

Photo by mrmac04 under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.


Historically, astrological gardening practices were commonly used by ancient peoples and many gardeners are still using them today. At first glance, this gardening technique may not look like much more than luck and a prayer. But the sun, moon, and stars have always been constants in our lives and they've been turned to time and time again throughout the ages. Astrology and it's symbolic figures were used as guidance for all kinds of everyday rituals such as planting, harvesting, raising, butchering meat, eating, marrying, burying, and faith.

Planting, harvesting, and raising animals often revolved around the moon's four monthly phases. The moon was often referred to as "the mistress of growth" and amazing as it might sound, you'll even find gardeners that even today will swear their crops are healthier and have higher yields when planting and harvesting their crops by moon phases.

I've never personally planted by moon phases, but am curious to know if others have tried it and what they may have discovered. I figure, we may not know for sure whether or not this age-old gardening technique works, but it would certainly be fun to give it a go. And judging by a few of my gardening mishaps; it could't hurt, either. I put a very basic guide below. But if you'd like to make it more interesting, you could get an almanac and a calendar so you'll have the time and date of the quarters.

 

Gardening By Moon Phases

  1. New moon to first quarter - This is the time to plant above ground crops; those you can see. Examples are cabbage, celery, broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, grains, leeks, celery, lettuce, spinach, parsley, cauliflower.
  2. First quarter to full moon - At this time you would plant above ground crops that you can see that have seed within a fruit or pod, and flowers. Examples are tomatoes, peppers, beans, melons, cucumbers, beans, squash.
  3. Full moon to last quarter - This is when you plant root crops, bulbs, perennials and biennials. The idea is that these plants need strong roots. Examples are onion, turnips, garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, grapes, strawberries.
  4. Last quarter to new moon - If you have to plant during this time, it must be in a fruitful sign such as Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer, Taurus, Libra or Capricorn. If you need to weed, or cultivate, do it in a barren sign like Virgo, Leo, Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius or Aries. Harvest in Aquarius, Gemini, Leo, Aries, or Sagittarius.

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alethor writes: I have been planting by the moon in my vegetable garden this year. I saw a huge difference on the harvest quantity and on the reduction of pest problems. I will plant in this way in the future.
Below are the planting dates for the next few months:

December 2010
8th-10th Plant Sweet Corn, Beans, Peppers, And Other Above Ground Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.
11th-12th Good Days For Killing Weeds, Briars And Other Plant Pests, Poor For Planting.
13th-15th Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, And Other Above Ground Crops In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes, And Other Vine Crops.
16th-17th A Poor Time To Plant.
18th-19th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons, And Other Above Ground Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.
20th-21st Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground.
22nd-23rd Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops Where Climate Allows. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
24th-27th A Most Barren Period. Kill Plant Pests And Do General Farm Work.
28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
30th-31st Plant Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, Irish Potatoes, And Other Root Crops In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds.


January 2011
1st Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Day For Transplanting.
2nd-3rd Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
4th-5th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops Such As Sweet Corn, Beans And Peppers, In Southern Florida, Texas And California.
6th-8th A Good Time To Kill Plant Pests Or Do Plowing. Poor For Planting.
9th-10th Fine For Planting Any Aboveground Crop, Where The Climate Permits. Extra Good For Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas, And Other Vine Crops.
11th-12th Barren Days. Do No Planting.
13th-14th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons And Other Aboveground Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
15th-16th Poor Days For Planting. Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
17th-18th Best Planting Days For Aboveground Crops, Especially Peas, Beans, Cucumbers And Squash, Where Climate Is Suitable. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
19th-23rd A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.
24th-25th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
26th-28th Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
29th-30th Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
31st Good Planting Day For Root Crops Where Climate Permits.


February 2011
1st-2nd Favorable Planting Days: The First Day For Root Crops; The Second Day For Aboveground Crops Such As Sweet Corn, Beans And Peppers, In Southern Florida, Texas, And California.
3rd-4th Barren Days. Fine For Clearing, Plowing, Fertilizing, And Killing Plant Pests

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