The Astrology of the Garden

Gardening Tips — By on April 11, 2011 8:49 AM

Even gardeners in the coldest part of the country can get a pea in the ground now, but the conditions in which it has to grow may not be ideal.  It’s the gardeners that “plant-by-the-moon” that have the best results it seems. 

The basic lunar planting rules follow the twelve signs of the zodiac and are divided into two groups, which makes it really simple.  During fruitful periods, you plant and do everything you need to do to make your garden produce.  During barren signs you harvest, weed, and scare away deer and ground hogs.  

The fruitful signs:
Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces and part of Capricorn.  Virgo and Libra are only fruitful for the planting of flowers.

The barren signs:
Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. 

Check out Wikipedia for dates:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrological_sign

And the serious lunar gardener also checks the phases of the moon to ensure a perfect crop. 

(You will need an Almanac for this one!)
Plant annuals and crops that produce their yield above ground from the New Moon  to the Full Moon (the waxing phase).
Plant biennials, perennials, and crops producing yields below ground from the Full Moon to the New Moon (the waning phase).

Sow peas and beans
in the wane of the moon,
Who soweth them sooner, soweth too soon.
-C. Allison

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