Planting By The Light Of The Moon

The Rotation Of The Earth, Really Makes My Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!  It was another busy market on Saturday with many people out enjoying the beautiful weather and happy to start in on their gardens.  I was sorry to hear that a few people lost plants last week with our unseasonal cold night ,it was predicted to be a cooler spring but this has been a bit much.  I too made the mistake of taking my Hibiscus trees outside for the summer and they got quite a hit even though they were on my deck.  I have given them a sever haircut hoping that the damage was mostly on the tops of them but several days later I see the damage is a bit more pronounced.  They will make it but it will be a while before they are really nice again, at least I didn’t loose them.  

Traditionally the long weekend In May has been the benchmark for planting the garden and now that is here I’m sure people are busy planting.  Other considerations for some people planting their gardens are the phases of the moon.  Shifting gravitational pull has a profound affect on people, animals and plants.  Moisture levels during the Full and New Moons increase and it is beneficial when planting seeds.  Different phases affect some plants more than others and Planting Calendars can be used to determine what to plant and when.  It can even get more complicated if one wishes to consider the Astrological components during the moon’s phases as well.  Is is suggested that planing during the correct sign during the Moon phases can deter harmful insects and other pests if it is followed. There are four phases in each cycle each lasting about a week.

The New Moon is not visible and is one of the cycles where moisture content is higher in the soil and is good for promoting healthy, balanced leaf growth and root development.  It is suggested that one plants lettuce, cabbage, spinach, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower during this phase.

The Waxing Moon is several days before a Full Moon and one should plant peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, corn and annual flowers.

The Full Moon one should plant seeds and plants such as carrots, potatoes, onions and beets.  Basically root crops as increased energy will be pulled into the roots and moisture levels again are generally higher.  This is also a good time to plant bulbs and perennials.  

The Waning Moon is considered a good time for other activities in the garden besides planting.  It is also suggested to mow the lawn during this phase as it will slow the growth of the lawn and therefor the need to mow as often is reduced.

The last Full Moon was the 11th of May and probably would have been fine for seeds as they would not have suffered from the frost.  The Waxing Moon was on the 19th and the next New Moon is on the 26th and I will try to get all my flower beds ready to plant around this time and leading up to the next Full Moon.  I hope that this proves helpful as I usually depend on time, weather and an abundance of energy to determine when I plant!

Happy Gardening!  See you at the Market!

Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
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