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Gardening by the Moon by Catherine Lugo

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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 donít 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.



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