Planting by the moon
Wednesday, 19 Nov 08 5°C / 41°F
So, biodynamic planting seems to be something that is popular out there. I found some general guides on a website, in conjuntion with this moon phase calculator, enjoy.
The plan goes like this:
- New moon – 1st quarter: leaves and shoots (e.g. lettuce, cabbage, asparagus, rhubarb)
- 1st quarter – Full moon: flowers and fruits (e.g. beans, tomatoes)
- Full moon – 3rd quarter: roots and tubers (e.g. carrots, potatoes, garlic)
- 3rd quarter – New moon: digging and other non-planting tasks
Interestingly, it’s traditional to plant your potatoes on Good Friday which, because of the way Easter is calculated, is always a few days after the full moon – the ideal time for root vegetables, according to this scheme!
One advantage of dividing the jobs up like this, especially in spring, is that it feels less overwhelming. Not planted beans yet? No need to fret, it’s not a fruit week, so just get on with the digging and be patient :)