ABC Wednesday this week it is M for MOON planting.
MOON PLANTING or Lunar planting, have you tried it? Does anyone of you practice any one the three methods of Lunar planting? I think it is a most fascinating subject and I must say I don't know anything about it. I know it is a very old technique use by growers since the beginning of time. I found this this site called The Gardeners Calendar they have this MOON planting guide and this what they say about this very interesting subject.
'In ancient times when man had not quite got round to inventing the wristwatch, the most reliable source of telling the time was the sun, moon, and stars. There seems to be several opinions of who came up with the moon planting calendar first. Was it the Egyptians or the Babylonians? It is more than likely that each and every farmer had a planting calendar based on the moon phases, and there would be different variations depending on the geographical location. As their calendars where passed on through the generations they evolved to cover the different crops they tried to grow, and the more productive farming techniques used.' read more...
16th of April
Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius, in it's the Last quarter and this is what you can do in the garden of the 16th of April according to the calendar.
According to the Synodic cycle method:
This is not a good time to be sowing anything in the garden. Instead use this time to weed and harvest from the garden. It is an excellent time to start building a new compost heap.
hm...OK....no sowing... so insted I'll made a 'fence' for my peas to climb on. I gathered some sticks and small branches and made this.
According to the Biodynamic cycle:
Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines (Eggplant), Broad Beans (Fava), Cucumbers, French Beans, Marrows and Courgettes, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Runner Beans, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Seakale, Spinach, Swiss Chard,
Ops...I did plant some Dill in my potager today...
According to the Sidereal cycle method:
Moon in Sagittarius: Dry and barren. Good time to plant onion sets and bulbs.
...and a lot of onions.
SYNODIC - BIODYNAMIC - SIDEREAL
WHAT does it mean? This is what The Gardeners Calender says about the matter:
Synodic (waxing and waning) cycle
This is a simple form of Moon planting which divides the Luna cycle into four phases or quarters. This cycle takes 29.6 days to complete. It then groups plants into categories, Root Crops, Foliage, Crops with seeds on the outside, and crops with seeds on the inside. Then it assigns plants to the phases of the moon which best suits there growing characteristics.
Secondly, there is the more detailed method using the 12 Zodiac signs as a method of position the moon, for more accurate planting. This method was developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, and the Zodiac signs used where the actual positioning of the signs in the sky, when the moon passed through them. In addition to the position of the moon, Venus ans Saturn also played a large part in the Biodynamic farming calendar.
Lastly the Sidereal cycle is very similar to the Biodynamic cycle except only the moons orbit around the earth is used to define the best times to sow and harvest. The orbit is divided up into 12 equal 30 degree sections to represent the position of the moon in the sky, but it may not be the same as the current moon position. The sidereal cycle takes 27.3 days to complete.
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