Gardening by the Moon
Planting by the Moon's Phases
Planting by the Moon's Signs
Planting by the Moon's Phases
During the increasing light (from New Moon to Full Moon), plant annuals that produce their yield above the ground. During the decreasing light (from Full Moon to New Moon), plant biennials, perennials, bulb, and root plants.
During the FIRST QUARTER, the moon is increasing. Plant annuals producing their yield above the ground, which are generally of the leafy kind that produce their seed outside the fruit. Examples are asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cress, endive, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, spinach, etc. Cucumbers are an exception, as they do best in the first quarter rather than the second, even though the seeds are inside the fruit. Also plant cereals and grains.
During the SECOND QUARTER, also a sign of increase, plant annuals producing their yield above the ground, which are generally of the viney kind that produce their seed inside the fruit. Examples include beans, eggplant, melons, peas, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, etc.
The THIRD QUARTER is a decreasing phase. Plant biennials, perennials, and bulb and root plants. Also plant trees, shrubs, berries, beets, carrots, onions, parsnips, peanuts, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, strawberries, turnips, winter wheat, grapes, etc.
The FOURTH QUARTER is also a decreasing phase. This is the best time to cultivate, turn sod, pull weeds, and destroy pests of all kinds, especially when the Moon is in the barren signs of Aries, Leo, Virgo, Gemini, Aquarius, and Sagittarius.
Moon in Aries
Barren and dry, fiery and masculine. Used for destroying noxious growths, weeds, pests, etc., and for cultivating. Don't plant seeds.
Moon in Taurus
Productive and moist, earthy and feminine. Used for planting many crops, particularly potatoes and root crops, and when hardiness is important. Also used for lettuce, cabbage, and similar leafy vegetables. Great time for gardening.
Moon in Gemini
Barren and dry, airy and masculine. Used for destroying noxious growths, weeds and pests, and for cultivation.
Moon in Cancer
Very fruitful and moist, watery and feminine. This is the most productive sign, used extensively for planting and irrigation. Good for planting any seeds.
Moon in Leo
Barren and dry, fiery and masculine. This is the most barren sign, used only for killing weeds and for cultivation.
Moon in Virgo
Barren and moist, earthy and feminine. Good for cultivation and destroying weeds and pests. Good for all garden chores other than planting.
Moon in Libra
Semi-fruitful and moist, airy and masculine. Used for planting many crops and producing good pulp growth and roots. A very good sign for flowers and vines. Also used for seeding hay, corn fodder, etc.
Moon in Scorpio
Very fruitful and moist, watery and feminine. Nearly as productive as Cancer; used for the same purposes. Especially good for vine growth and sturdiness.
Moon in Sagittarius
Barren and dry, fiery and masculine. Used for planting onions, seeding hay, and for cultivation. A good harvest time.
Moon in Capricorn
Productive and dry, earthy and feminine. Used for the planting potatoes, tubers, etc. A good planting and grafting time.
Moon in Aquarius
Barren and dry, airy and masculine. Used for cultivation and destroying noxious growths, weeds, and pests. Limit garden chores to weeding and cleanup.
Moon in Pisces
Very fruitful and moist, watery and feminine. Good for planting all seeds. Used along with Cancer and Scorpio, especially good for root growth.
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