If you’re looking for an alternative method to planting, try planting by the moon’s phases and signs. This practice has been around since ancient times, as people believe that the moon has strong influences over the growth of plants and crops. Here are some common guidelines for planting with the lunar cycle:
- Know how to identify the phases of the moon. This is foundational knowledge that you’d need to develop to know the phase of the moon by looking at it, as well as the sequence of the moon phases. Or to make your life easier, opt to purchase lunar calendars available online, such as at riverocean.org.uk, and equinoxastrology.com. Check sites such as lunarrepublic.com which informs you on when the different phases of the moon happens.
- Know the new moon’s effects. When it’s new moon, the moon’s gravitational pull upon moisture is strong and water is pulled upwards. Because of this, it’s best to plant seeds and flowers that bloom above ground. This is the best time to plant corn, grain, asparagus, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
- Know the second quarter moon’s effects. When it’s second quarter, the moon’s pull is not that strong but light increases and encourages growth through leaves. Plant vegetables and fruits that have seeds within them such as tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you cut grass during this time, it grows thicker.
- Know the full moon’s effects. When it’s full moon, the pull becomes strong again but the light is gradually diminishing. Plant bulbs, root crops and other vegetation that grows within the soil and don’t need light, such as onions, potatoes and carrots. Harvest your crops at a full moon to have them at their prime condition.
- Know the last quarter moon’s effects. When it’s last quarter, both the gravitational pull and moonlight are weak. Don’t plant anything at this time because this phase is not conducive to growth. To prevent grass from growing, cut it during last quarter moon. Do your composting and cleaning during this phase.
- Know the moon’s astrological position. For advanced lunar planting, know the zodiac sign where the moon is located. A good site to check out is lunarium.co.uk. If you’re familiar with the constellations, look up and determine what zodiac sign the moon is currently in.
- Know the effects of the moon’s astrological position. The zodiac sign where the moon is in has an effect to plants. When the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, the moon is in a water sign, which makes all plants grow easier. Taurus is conducive to growing root crops and leafy vegetables. Libra is good for planting flowers and herbs. Capricorn promotes growth of sturdy plants. Aries, Sagittarius and Aquarius are signs for cultivating soil and harvesting plants. Gemini, Leo and Virgo are called barren zodiac signs. Don’t plant but eliminate weeds instead when the moon is in these signs.
Planting with the lunar cycle is a creative way to ensure optimum plant growth. To make the most of lunar planting, keep track of the moon’s phases and astrological position and plan your gardening activities by them. Remember: when you’re planting with the lunar cycle, you don’t have to do it during the night, but you have to do it during the best phases and signs.