Want more information on Nature topics, including daily moon gardening tips and info?
Find it in The Nature Almanac!Only $5.95 (cheap!) For more info, or to order, click About our book
Gardening by the Signs
Planting by the signs is a fairly straight forward operation. You plant aboveground crops (lettuce, peas, tomatoes, etc.) when the moon is waxing (growing) from New to Full Moon. Underground crops (beets, radishes carrots, potatoes, etc.) are planted when the moon is waning from Full to New Moon. However, true gardening by the signs is a bit more complicated.
On its 29 day journey around the earth the Moon passes (from an earthling's point of view) through all 12 signs of the Zodiac. These signs are divided into four broad Elemental groups: they're either Water, Earth, Air, or Fire. Those signs classified as Water or Earth Signs are generally considered optimal for planting and pruning for growth. Air and Fire Signs are classified as Barren Signs and are generally suitable for weeding, tilling the soil, and pruning for control of growth.
Summary of Zodiac Planting
To garden by the signs, therefore, one plants when the Moon is both waxing and in a Fertile Sign; and weeds, tills, and harvests when the Moon is waning and in a Barren Sign.
In addition, one never plants on a Sunday. Sunday (named after and supposedly ruled by the Sun) is a fiery, barren day and therefore unsuitable for planting no matter the sign. Also, one never plants on days when the Moon is undergoing a phase change, ie: New Moon, Full Moon, or either quarter.
So with this information you now have enough data to become a full-fledged Moon Gardener yourself. And should you opt for this route, let me know you results. I'll be very interested.
Below is a list of the Signs of the Zodiac showing their properties and a brief description of what to do when the moon is in that particular sign. Numbers following the description denote the quarter of the Moon's cycle (beginning at New Moon) when the action described is best carried out.
These principles provide a straightforward basis for approaching the practice of gardening by the signs. Other authorities have more detailed recomendations. As an example of this, we have provided a chart of Zodiac Planting based on recomendations in Astrological Gardening, by Louise Riotte.
Copyright © 2004 Jim Jung
Some images© 2004 www.hemera.com All rights reserved