Gardening With The Moon

IMG_3532It’s a waning moon and I’m watching my baby radishes and beetroot all start to shoot through. I planted them less than a week ago at the start of the waning moon.

I believe, like many other gardeners, that seeds sown in their best lunar phase grow into healthier plants. In my experience crops tend to be grow faster and produce more. I’ve also heard that plants don’t seem to go to seed as fast. This is due to the plants having all the best influences of the moon.

We know that the tides are affected by the gravitational pull of the moon. This pull also affects the water content of the soil, creating more moisture during the new and full moon. This increased moisture encourages the seeds to sprout and grow.

For thousands of years several civilisations such as the Mayan, Aztec, Egyptian, Sumerian and the Celts based their planting calendar on the cycles of the moon and sun. The earliest record seems to have been made by the ancient Egyptians at 4236BC. Themis, a great goddess of the moon, ordered the creation of the year of thirteen months divided by the winter and summer solstices.

Why don’t you give it a try and let me know how your moon planting goes? Use this chart to help you.

Author: Laila Helena

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