Moon Phase Timing and My Garden By Jeanne Beaulieu
This summer I have been blessed with vegetable garden abundance from my small garden. So much so, that my friends and relatives will be sick of squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, radishes, snap peas, yellow and green beans for a long time to come. I have been freezing, drying and canning since early summer. I can hardly keep-up with the bounty. Combining companion planting gardening techniques with astrological guidance has proven to me to be successful beyond my expectations.
For the first time ever, I have had success with underground vegetables, such as the radish, which in the past would give me lots of leaves but only a woody stub of a radish bulb that was not edible. Weeding and removing pests has become less cumbersome this year for me. I am an organic gardener who refuses to use chemicals on my food. Weeding at the right time has stunted weed regrowth. Using companion planting in addition to moon phases can help deter pests. Growing a plant the pest (insect or vermin) is attracted by, next to a plant which revolts it, will keep the pest away. Using the same technique, the fragrance from the two compatible plants will confuse the pest, so it is unable to locate their preferred plant meal. Then using the standard removal technique of plucking or trimming those nasty pests off, during non-fertile moon signs and the decreasing moon phases helps eliminate the pests which have managed to find your prized garden crop.
In all my years of gardening, this is the first time I have meticulously followed the moon phases to plant, weed, eradicate pests and rest. There are helpful computer programs available (such as Astrolabeʼs AstroTides) that have a gardening feature that lays everything out for you to follow. Or you can calculate the phases of the moon yourself with the help of a calendar that lists them. Being a novice moon timing gardener, like me, is not a problem.
When impatience to plant is lurking, as you see the summer days waning and you begin to question whether or not you can get that next crop in and harvest it before a killing frost takes the garden down, waiting for both above-ground planting days (to sow leafy and fruiting vegetable such as lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, squash and peppers) and below-ground
planting days to set predominately bulb vegetables (for example: radishes, beets, onions) will prove to be beneficial for garden growth. I have found utilizing peak planting days significantly shortens the time needed for seed germination. Believe me, personally speaking, peak planting days reduced germination by at least one-third, and sometimes almost half. Where seeds package directions indicated usual germination from seven to ten or twelve days, my seed started breaking through the soil in three to five days. The seeds burst forth with vitality and give me succulent vegetables that can make cooking nothing short of gourmet.
This winter when you are looking through those seeds catalogs and planning for spring planting, take into consideration the astrological advantage that is given to each of us by utilizing moon phase planting dates. Start marking your calendars now for success!