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Old 07-12-2009, 03:59 AM   #2
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Default Planting by the Moon

A few moon planting facts, rules and examples...

People have been planting by the moon's phases for centuries, in the belief that
something in the lunar light or gravity affects the way plants grow.

The Simplest Rule For Moon Planting...

The moon planting rule says to plant crops that produce above the ground
during the increasing light of the moon (from new moon to full moon) and to plant crops that produce below the ground during the decreasing light of the moon

(from full moon to new moon).

A More Detailed Set of Moon Planting Rules...
Moon Planting Rule

New Moon To Full Moon:
Sow, Transplant, bud and graft.

Full Moon To New Moon:
Plow, Cultivate, weed and reap.

New Moon To First Quarter:
Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds, flowering annuals.

First Quarter To Full Moon:
Good for planting above ground crops with inside seeds.

Full Moon To Last Quarter: Good for planting root crops, bulbs, biennials, and perennials.

Last Quarter To New Moon:
Do Not Plant

Moon Planting Examples...

A list of when and what to plant.

First quarter planting, or the time from the new moon to about half-full.

Plant annuals with above-ground yields, particularly leafy plants which produce
their seed outside the fruit.
1st Qtr. Examples:
# asparagus cabbage, celery, endive, and spinach.
Second quarter planting, or the time from the half-full to the full moon.

Plant annuals that have above-ground yields which are
vining and produce seed inside the fruit.
2nd Qtr. Examples:
# beans, peas, peppers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers.
Third quarter planting, or from the full moon to half-full.

Plant biennials, perennials, bulb and root crops. Crops which are planted
one season the produce yields the following year, trees, and shrubs.
3rd Qtr. Examples:
* onions, potatoes, rhubarb, grapes, winter wheat, and berries.
Fourth quarter planting, or from half-full to new moon.

4th Qtr. Examples:
* pull weeds, cultivate, destroy pests, and turn sod.
Moon Planting Wise Tales...

* Plant potatoes during the "dark of the moon" is an old adage.

* Plant your seeds within 48 hours before a full moon.

* Do not plant on the day of the New Moon or Full Moon.


An ancient, classical method recognizes the different qualities of the WAXING and WANING periods of the Moon. Around the Full Moon period the Earth receives more light at night. As a result the subtle qualities of the Moonlight are not bleached out by the Sunlight and therefore the vitalizing of all liquids by lunar forces can come to a greater expression.

When Moon Light starts to decrease so do the upward drawing forces and the Earth’s gravitational field becomes more dominant. Then the Moon is closer to the Sun and is mainly above the horizon during the day. The subtle lunar light is desiccated (dried out) by solar might. The pendulum swings in favour of gravitational forces.
(full moon charged)
On the left we see a symbolic impression of the highly charged fluid force field that comes as consequence of the FULL MOON. There is liquid in the sap of plants, rivers, oceans and atmosphere. All liquids respond to this Moon force field phenomenon.

The gardener uses this period of enhanced growth forces for plants that have their main development above the soil surface such as lettuce or tomatoes. Sap flow towards the upper reaches of the plant are stronger during this waxing period. Good & rapid seed germination rates can be expected at these times and there is evidence to suggest that the plant will go on to maintain this rapid growth throughout its life cycle. Harvests for immediate consumption have excellent taste but do not store well. If conditions are dry this is a good time to water because lunar forces cannot be harvested without a water matrix. In excessive wet conditions take action to prevent fungal attacks.
(new moon diminished)
On the left we see a symbolic impression of the New Moon above horizon during day time travelling with the Sun. The fluid force field has now diminished in strength and plant sap is no longer as vital and the plant is more Earth bound. The gardener responds to this.

Growth & fertility forces are still at work but somewhat mitigated. Moisture vitality is low and the Earth’s gravitational pull is strong. The gardener now plants seeds for plants that mainly express themselves below the soil surface such as carrots, potatoes and nitrogen fixing legumes. Germination tends to be slower. Fruits harvested at this time tend to store longer given that they have less moisture in them. This is a good time to make and apply compost. Overall this is an ‘earthy’ time so the gardener’s activities are more directed towards the soil. Prepare beds for planting during the forthcoming WAXING cycle. While one Moon phase trend is active the gardener anticipates the next.
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