Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Luna Garden

At the new moon, the lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes the seeds to swell and burst. This factor, coupled with the increasing moonlight creates balanced root and leaf growth. This is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples are lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and grain crops. Cucumbers like this phase also, even though they are an exception to that rule.

In the second quarter the gravitational pull is less, but the moonlight is strong, creating strong leaf growth. It is generally a good time for planting, especially two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground, but their seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Mow lawns in the first or second quarter to increase growth.

After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots. This is a favorable time for planting root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also good for perennials, biennials, bulbs and transplanting because of the active root growth. Pruning is best done in the third quarter, in the sign of Scorpio.

In the fourth quarter there is decreased gravitational pull and moonlight, and it is considered a resting period. This is also the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune. Mow lawns in the third or fourth quarter to retard growth.

I hope this is helpful to all your gardeners out there, I tried this for the last couple of years and have had enormous success with everything! Eat and be merry from your garden!


kat said...

the garden is gorgeous! can you believe how quickly everything is growing this spring?

~Phaedra~ said...

Yes, the garden is lovely to behold, my huge butterfly garden fell over in the strong winds last week, so we are back to square one with that and as long as the gophers leave my herbs alone that I've long cultivated, we'll still be friends....:-)

maltagirl said...

hey phaedra

plant a little gophers purge in your beds and i promise the gophers will leave everthing alone. i have done it for years!