Moon Cycle Gardening!
I love to garden by using the cycles of the moon, I have had a lot of success by knowing just a few easy tips!
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The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each. The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.
Planting by the moon is an idea as old as agriculture, based both in folklore and superstition, but there are scientific ideas to back it up The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and moon. The tides are highest at the time of the new and the full moon, when sun and moon are lined up with earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. The highest amount of moisture is in the soil at this time, and tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon.
At the new moon, the lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes the seeds to swell and burst. This factor, coupled with the increasing moonlight creates balanced root and leaf growth. This is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples are lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and grain crops. Cucumbers like this phase also, even though they are an exception to that rule.
In the second quarter the gravitational pull is less, but the moonlight is strong, creatingstrong leaf growth. It is generally a good time for planting, especially two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground, but their seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Mow lawns in the first or second quarter to increase growth.
After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots. This is a favorable time for planting root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also good for perennials, biennials, bulbs and transplanting because of the active root growth. Pruning is best done in the third quarter, in the sign of Scorpio.
In the fourth quarter there is decreased gravitational pull and moonlight, and it is considered a resting period. This is also the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune. Mow lawns in the third or fourth quarter to retard growth.
Awesome~ Thenk-you for the info... I am going to try it this year 8)
Before I got out of bed this AM I was doing a little last year's garden review in my head and realized I failed to plant according to the moon cycles and did not have great sucess. And then this show's up in my in-box, great luck, thank you!
This is great info! Thanks so much for sharing.....looking forward to putting it to use in a couple of months! WOOHOO SPRING!!
This is one of the best explanations I have seen! My mother always planted by the moon and, as they said at her funeral service, "She could put a stick in the ground and it would grow!"
I have also had great results with the Perelandra, ltd. "gut gardening" method, in which you pretty much "ask" all involved, soil, plants, need for water, whatever, and go with the "hit." The web site stresses "co-creative gardening."
I have tomatoes from this summer sitting on the table, ready to eat! To be sure, they are the last ones, but they still taste better than anything in the store!
And, the gardening catalogs have been arriving for a month! If you start seeds indoors, it is time for serious thoughts and plans! February is the planting time for them here in Colorado.
i hae always found gardening by the moon an interesting challenge i havent got round to actually trying it yet but found all this information very interesting and useful thanks for sharing