Gardening by the phases of the moonPlanting by the phases of the moon is a method of cultivation as old as agriculture itself. The most ancient records of vegetable growing show a reliance on selecting the proper moon phase for timing the planting and maintenance of crops. Today we have access to this knowledge and what we find is a schedule of plant growth that we can use just as those ancient gardeners did in times passed.
Based both in tradition and superstition, the character and growth traits of seeds and transplants were seen to vary with the phases of the moon and the constellations that appeared in the sky. Through the corridors of time this rhythm of growth was recorded and passed down to following generations. We can use this biodynamic method of plant husbandry today in our own gardens.
Biodynamic gardening: Above ground and below ground plantsPlant above ground crops while the moon is waxing (i.e. growing brighter) and plant below ground crops as the moon wanes (i.e. grows dimmer). That's Moon Phase gardening in a nutshell!
Plant growth acts according to a biodynamic calendar that reflects the phases of the moon and stars. Biodynamics was identified in the 1920s by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian, and was a forerunner of the organic movement. It has been described as a holistic understanding of plants.
Diagram of the cause of moon phases
As the moon revolves about the earth the sun's light creates a changing shape or phase of the moon when viewed from our vantage point here on planet earth.
Moon, tides, seeds and waterThe Earth is in a gravity well that is constantly altered by both the sun, moon and planets. The ocean tides are at their highest during the time of the full moon, when the sun and moon are lined up with the earth. The ancients believed that as the moon draws the tides in the seas, it also draws upon all water, causing moisture to swell up in the earth, which promotes growth. This is the best time for planting seeds.
Brother sun and sister moonThe role of the sun and the moon in agriculture is undeniable. The sun powers the forces of growth and the moon enhances or discourages the various stages of plant formation, or so the sages say.
The cycle of lifeMoon phase gardening was believed by many generations of gardeners to be the ultimate guide to robust crops. We can either accept or omit this system of understanding the nature of plant maturation but in the end we are but stewards in this cycle of life.
There are many things yet to be discovered and rediscovered. Moon phase gardening has stood the test of time and it is well worth trying for yourself.
Moon Phase Gardening