position of the moon in the sky is another factor to consider when
planting by the moon, and there are two terms you need to know:
Perigee and apogee. When the moon is at perigee it’s closest to the
earth and the tides are pulled 30% higher than they are when the moon
is at apogee, or farthest from the earth. If the tides are pulled
higher, we can assume that the entire water table of the earth is
affected more strongly as well.
the Moon Influences the Earth and Why Lunar Gardening Makes Sense
may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us." O’Henry.
When the moon is waxing, its gravitational pull on Earth’s water is
greater, and there is more water to be had for plants. When the moon
is waning, Earth’s water is receding and there is less of it for
plants to take up into their root systems. Any fruit or vegetable
meant to be eaten immediately is best if harvested during a waxing
moon, when water content is at its highest, and many farmers have
found that crops harvested and stored during a waning moon, when the
earth’s water content is lowest, keep better and for longer periods of
to Take Advantage of the Waxing Moon
Sow your lawn during a waxing
moon, also plant wheat and grains.
Sow leafy vegetables and flowers;
they produce their yield above ground and don’t rely on extensive
If you want flowers that are
beautiful and smell good, plant them in the first quarter of the
Raspberries, blackberries and
gooseberries should be planted in the second quarter of the waxing
If the area where you live is in
a drought, sow seeds when the moon is waxing, as close to the full
moon as possible.
Grafting should be done in the
first or second quarter of the waxing moon, also transplanting and
repotting of houseplants.
Water your plants during a full
Harvest grapes that you plan to
use in winemaking.
Gather herbs that you intend to
use for essential oils now; their oil content will be more
Water your compost heap.
to Take Advantage of the Waning Moon
Now is the time to sow crops that produce their yield below
ground. Root vegetables like beets, carrots and potatoes are among
Plant trees and saplings in the
third quarter of the waning moon, this will encourage a strong root
Kill weeds and thin out any
plants that you need to now. This is also a good time to prune.
Perennials should be divided in
the third or fourth quarter of a waning moon.
Fertilize with potassium at the
waning moon, this is when potassium absorption is at its peak.
Harvest all crops that will need
long term storage, like cabbage, potatoes and apples.
Fruit trees should always be
sprayed during the fourth quarter of a waning moon.
Harvest flowers and seeds now
that you plan to store until next year, dig herb roots, leaves and
bark that will be used for medicinal purposes as well.
All drying activities should be
done now, as well as spreading and turning compost.
Lunar gardening encompasses both the phases of the moon and the signs
of the zodiac; many lunar gardeners simply study the moon and plant
according to its phases. But if you want to incorporate the signs
into your planting, you need to know which phase the moon is in as
well as which sign it’s passing through before you decide to plant.
instance, if you’re planting crops that produce their yield above the
ground, like okra and tomatoes, plant them when the Moon is in the
first or second quarter and also when it is passing through a fruitful
sign such as Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. The Moon moves through the
zodiac signs and each sign is associated with one of the four elements
: fire, earth, water or air. Plants are believed to favor certain
signs, for instance flowers prefer air signs like Libra, Gemini and
Aquarius. The fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are dry and
barren and are a good time to do your weeding. Annual plants like the
fertile water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
the twelve zodiac signs, all the fruitful and semi-fruitful signs are
feminine, except Libra. Libra is the exception to the rule; it’s a
masculine air sign and is considered semi fruitful. You should
consider planting in Libra when your goal is to produce beautiful
plants. The fruitful signs include Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces; the
semi-fruitful signs include Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.
barren signs of the zodiac are all male signs, and they include Aries,
Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Virgo is the exception
to the rule here; its symbol is the virgin and a virgin is a
non-producer, so it makes sense that it would be barren. Libra, whose
symbol is the scales, could possibly be neutral and this is why it’s
not a good producer of anything except flowers and other ornamentals.
Libra is also good for seeds and things that produce seeds, like
Lunar Garden, Planting by the Moon Phases, by E. A. Crawford, 1989,
2000 Cynthia Parzych Publishing, Inc.