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Gardening by the Moon by Catherine Lugo

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The 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. 

How the Moon Influences the Earth and Why Lunar Gardening Makes Sense 

"We 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 time.

How 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 root development.

  • If you want flowers that are beautiful and smell good, plant them in the first quarter of the waxing moon.

  • Raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries should be planted in the second quarter of the waxing moon.

  • 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 moon.

  • 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 concentrated.

  • Water your compost heap.

How 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 these.

  • Plant trees and saplings in the third quarter of the waning moon, this will encourage a strong root system.

  • 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.  

For 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. 

Of 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. 

The 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 grain.       


The Lunar Garden, Planting by the Moon Phases, by E. A. Crawford, 1989, 2000 Cynthia Parzych Publishing, Inc.




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