Gardening by the Moon
All life on Earth is affected by the rhythms of the Moon. The ebb and
flow of the tides are controlled by Her movements. Shellfish move in sync
with Her. Game animals are affected, becoming more active when She is
at her fullest. Even we humans can feel Her power. It makes sense, considering
that we are mostly water ourselves. You may be wondering exactly what
this has to do with Green Witchcraft. Well, green life is mostly water
too. Hence the practice of gardening by the moon.
Why should we garden by the moon? Isn't everything going to grow anyway?
Well, yes. Many of your plants will grow regardless of your timing. They
just won't grow as well. As we know, the gravitational pull of the moon
affects the tides. This same pull also affects the moisture content of
the soil and the level of the water table. Therefore, following this method
of gardening means that you can garden when moisture is optimal for each
type of plant. Furthermore, plants react to any amount of light, even
moonlight, meaning they will react to the difference between a full moon
and a new moon. Keep in mind, the greatest effectiveness when gardening
with the moon occurs when plants are in organic soil using natural fertilizers,
so get rid of all those chemicals!
During this quarter, the gravitational pull is low but increasing, as
is moonlight. This creates conditions good for balanced root and leaf
growth. Plant self-reseeding plants and plants that form their seeds outside
the fruit. This includes lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, and grain crops.
Cucumbers are an exception, in that they prefer this phase as well. Now
is the time for turning the soil and adding compost to your garden.
This period's high moonlight but relatively low gravitational pull creates
excellent conditions for sewing seeds and planting, especially plants
that form seedpods or fruit such as peppers, tomatoes, beans, and raspberries.
Mow now if you wish to increase your yard's growth, for conditions are
right for increased leaf growth.
Plants absorb more water at the full moon, so be sure to water your garden
now. After the full moon, gravitational pull is high, resulting in higher
water content in the soil, however, the moonlight is decreasing. This
results in a favorable time for planting root crops such as carrots, potatoes,
and onions. This is also a good time for transplanting, mulching, and
Due to this quarter's low gravitational pull and lack of moonlight, it
is a perfect time for gathering and storing bulbs as well as cultivating,
harvesting, and pruning basically any kind of destructive acts.
It is also time to mow your yard if you wish to slow its growth. If you
intend to cut sod, do it now. Be sure not to plant anything during this
If you have decided to try gardening by the moon, you may wish to go
into even more depth than just working with the moon's growth. Many gardeners
also work with the specific sign the moon is in. Plants tend to have their
own preferred type of sign. Generally, leafy plants prefer water signs,
root plants and transplantations prefer earth signs, air signs are good
for cultivation and harvesting, and fire signs are best for weeding and
Now is the perfect time to harvest roots, fruit, and herbs. It is also
a good time to focus on weeding and pest control.
This is the second best sign for planting and transplanting. It is also
a good time to focus your efforts on root crops and leafy vegetables.
Be sure to fertilize if needed.
Again it's time to harvest roots and fruit and weed your garden. Additionally,
this is an excellent time for cutting herbs and flowers to be dried.
This is the best sign for planting and transplanting, especially leafy
and fruit-bearing plants, as well as a good time for grafting and growth-encouraging
This is the worst time to plant. Instead, put your energy into cultivating
and weeding your gardens.
This is a good time to work with some flowers and vines. Now is excellent
for any initial garden and soil preparation.
Now is the best time to plant fragrant flowers, ground covers, vines,
and herbs. It is also good for planting pulpy stems and root crops.
This is the best time to plant sturdy plants and vines and to sew seeds.
It is favored by tomatoes, corn and squash. Now is a good time for irrigation
This is an excellent time to harvest root crops, plant fruit trees, and
cultivate the soil.
Be sure to plant root crops and bulbs now to encourage hardy growth, leaving
enough time for grafting, pruning, and fertilizing.
Harvest time! You can harvest anything during this sign, especially root
plants and fruit. If you have time left, use it to cultivate, weed, and
deal with pests.
Now is the second best time to plant and transplant.
If you wish to try this method of gardening this year, I highly recommend
that you go to www.gardeningbythemoon.com.
It is by far the best reference I have found. Be sure to check out the
extensive planting chart. Using these methods can result in a wonderfully
fruitful garden this year. Be patient and this Fall you will be sure to
appreciate the difference a little planning can make.