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Planting by the moon

18 Nov 2008
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 :)



This is something iv been following loosely for a couple of years now. The weather these past two years hasn’t helped But for anyone interested in moon gardening there’s a book by a Cornish horticulturalist,head gardener {who’s been moon gardening since the 60s} that i recommend. R.J.Harris moon gardening – you cant get it through normal channels [amazon etc] He has a website where you can order it..
Actually, i think i got my copy online from abe books

Posted on 19 Nov 08 (over 7 years ago)

I was just reading about this vis-a-vis harvesting. It seems like this would be really hard for me to plan this out because of other demands on my time. I’m constantly missing just general planting dates let alone trying the get the phases of the moon in there.

Posted on 19 Nov 08 (over 7 years ago)

yeah you’re not the only one nax. we bought the biodynamic calendar for 2008 and never managed to do one thing.

Posted on 19 Nov 08 (over 7 years ago)

I found the biodynamic calendar far too rigid also..

Posted on 20 Nov 08 (over 7 years ago)

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chippingfield, harlow

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