Gardening by the Light of the Moon

What Do You Call A Moon Out Of Orbit?… A Lunatic!

The Lumby and Districts first market of the season went very well.  It was delightful to see so many vendors and all the people who came to shop and to see us!   I think all went very well with social distancing efforts and I think everyone felt safe and welcome.

We all know that the moon affects the tides, peoples moods and many other things in our lives but the affect that it has on gardening is quite profound.  It is very simple and has been used over the ages and is scientifically provable.  The Best Days are determined by the 12 zodiac signs, lunar phase and even planetary relationships.

To understand the moons affects you need know about the waxing and the waning of the moon.  The time of the new moon to the time of the full moon is called the waxing of the moon.  From the full moon to the new moon is referred to the waning.  During the waxing of the moon its pull will draw more moisture to the surface which is great for your planted seeds.  It will also during this time stimulate leaf growth.  During the waning of the moon less leaf stimulation will occur and more root energy is provided.  So if one were to plant annual flowers and other plants and vegetables that have crops above ground this would be considered to be the Best Days for this.  Plants that produce root crops such as bulbs, tubers and perennials which should optimally be stimulated to grow roots for best results plus any vegetables that produce root crops such as onions, beets, carrots and potatoes should be planted during the waning moon for best results as roots are more stimulated and leaf growth slows.

As far back as the 18th century it was believed that you should never plant the same thing in the same place twice.  It is now called plant rotation and is a good way to prevent your soil from being depleted, and even that and the use and building of your compost is affected by the pull of the moon.

Pollinating insects and pests that invade the garden are also influenced by the phases of the moon.  Pollinators are more active at night with a waxing moon and less so during the day.  They have more energy during the day when the moon is in its first quarter.   When the moon is further from the sun in both summer and winter and at its nearest point to the earth plants will be most vulnerable to pests and fungal diseases.  Harvesting too is best done with a full moon however when its time its time and waiting several days until a full moon may not be optimal.  I usually harvest my garlic at the end of July during the long weekend however the full moon is on the 3rd so I will wait until then and see if I am happier with the results.  I checked on them a week ago and they were not ready yet, but close.  

This all must be tempered with the time we have and the obvious readiness of what needs to be done in the yard and garden but something to consider!

Happy Gardening!  Hope to see you at the market next Saturday!

Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
250 547 6567 • samanthanason@hotmail.com

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