Garden Planting by Phases of the Moon
For the longest time, I paid no attention to planting by the moon. Then,
one day I was talking to my neighbor. I mentioned that it seemed to me like
he was starting his tomato plants a bit late this year. He said this was
true. He went on to say that he was waiting for the moon to be "right." And,
he was serious!
He said the few extra days wait would be more than offset by the favorable
growth from planting at the right time. He said if you plant at the right
time, the tomatoes will set fruit lower on the plant. And, the time you might
lose when planting later, is more than offset by earlier fruit set lower
on the plant.
The concept of planting by the moon is not new. It has been practiced since
ancient times, dating back to the Babylonian era. Some of this thinking is
embedded in astrology. Astrology is a science that believes the moon influences
many areas of our lives.
In our gardening example, there are some scientific roots. The Lunar
gravitational pull influences tides and ocean levels. Water is also pulled
upward in the soil by the same gravitational forces. This in turn, brings
moisture to newly planted seeds.
Using the concept of Planting by Phases of the Moon:
Plant above ground crops during the "Waxing" or rising moon. This is a period
of increasing light from the new moon to the full moon.
Plant root crops during the "Waning" or declining moon. This is from the
full moon to the new moon when the moonlight is declining.
Does it really work?
Scientific studies have shown this gardening concept has merit. And as
testimonial, many, many gardeners swear by it and plant by it.
For any gardener, the true test is in your garden. Does it truly work? Give
it a try and then "You make the call."
More Garden Resources:
Old Farmer's Almanac