Using the moon's gravitational pull on our planet to help our gardens excell is ancient science...as old as the earth itself. After friends, who own an organic farm, told me of their success with the process, I had to try it. Wow...I was hooked! Simple explanation: Plants or seeds planted during optimal moon times thrive...growing and producing better than those planted on bad moon days. On the poor planting days prepare your beds, weed, prune, etc....then on those good planting days, plant away! Just a matter of getting into the habit.
I will try to always give you the planting information two months ahead so you can plan. Sometimes you just have to do the work, in spite of the moon... but if you follow this info and pay attention, you will see the difference and harvest the rewards! Happy Gardening!
The picture of the moon at the top of this page is the Full Strawberry Moon which appeared on June 20, 2016...the first time the Summer Solstice had occurred during a full moon since 1948...68 years! This picture was taken from our property, unfortunately the moon was barely visible between the clouds and the trees. A very special Moon...so glad I didn't miss it! My information is based on projections from the Farmers Almanac and Stella Natura Calendar.
Please be aware that the winter months gardening tips are based on favorable weather and mostly pertain to the warm southern states and a milder-than-normal winter in the other states. Always be aware of your zone limitations.
1st plant animal feed crops and flowers. Good time to plant above ground crops.
2nd-4th Start seeds, above ground crops
5th-6th do no planting
7th-9th 7th & 8th good for planting above ground crops, 9th a good day to plant root crops.
10th-11th no planting
12th-13th good time to plant root and vining crops...also for transplanting.
14th-16th no planting
17th-18th no planting
19th-20th very poor day to plant seeds
21st-22nd very good day for planting root crops, seeds and flowers...also for transplanting.
23rd-26th no planting
27th-28th plant animal feed, flowers and above ground crops.
29th-31st good time to start seeds, and above ground crops.
July 9th: Full Buck Moon
1st-2nd do no planting
3rd-5th plant aboveground crops
6th-7th do no planting
8th-10th good days to plant vining plants and root crops
11th-12th very bad day to plant
13th-14th good day to transplant or plant root crops
15th-16th seeds will not germinate
17th-18th plant seeds, flowers, root crops....also good time to transplant.
19th-22nd no planting
23rd-25th good time to plant forage crops and grains. good days to plant aboveground crops.
26th-27th plant seeds, and aboveground crops. Very good time to plant leafy veggies.
28th-30th do no planting.
31st plant aboveground crops.
August 7th: Full Sturgeon Moon
Life is good,..Life is natural!
1997 CA&J Farm
Mathews County, Virginia