Using Moon Phases as A Planting Guidecomments (4) December 7th, 2010
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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