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2014 moon phases - A chart of moon phases for 2014 to help in your garden planning.

Zodiac Signs and Gardening
Planting, cultivating and maintaining your garden by the zodiac.

Timing your garden chores by the moon and stars

Part of the natural cycle of moon phase gardening is the timing of the planting, cultivating and maintaining of your garden by the position of the stars in the sky. This has been true since the dawn of civilization.

The Hopi Indians, for example, observe the Pleiades cluster. They use them as a guide for planting. When they drop below the horizon, it is planting time, and when they rise near fall, it is time to harvest. Using this system their crops have thrived for generations.

Moon and star combinations

The following moon and star combinations present this system of agriculture and husbandry as it is practiced today. Following this information can produce wonderful results in the home garden.

Moon in Aries

A good time for destroying weeds, pests, etc. Great sign for plowing, tilling, and cultivating. Plants from seeds germinated in Aries are bitter tasting and quick to bolt. They also mature faster, producing vines or stalks.

Aries is a good sign for planting beets, onions, tobacco.

Note: Its is also a good sign for hunting and fair for fishing. It is a good time to get hair perms, make jelly and pickles, baking and cooking, painting and welding.

Moon in Taurus

The best sign for planting below ground crops. Also good for planting all crops and transplanting. Seeds planted in Taurus produce hardy plants with excellent roots, short internodal length, sturdiness, and withstand drought. Earth sign ruled by Mercury and Earth.

Note: Very good sigh for hunting and fishing; and also for canning and pickling, especially in the last quarter of the moon.

Moon in Gemini

Used for destroying weeds, pests, etc. Good sign for plowing, tilling, and cultivating. Planting in Gemini results in long, stringy, weak plants. Mow grass to retard growth. Air sign ruled by Mercury.

Note: This is the best time to destroy weeds, till the soil, use organic insect controls and prune trees and bushes.

Moon in Cancer

The most productive sign. #1 sign for planting, transplanting budding, grafting, dividing, starting cuttings, all propagation. Good for watering. Seeds planted in Cancer germinate quickly. Plants propagated in cancer are the hardiest, best growing, and withstand drought. Cardinal Water sign ruled by the Moon.

Note: It is also a good sign to set eggs for hatching and animals born or hatched in Cancer make good breeding stock. Good sign for cooking and fishing. Cut hair in cancer to stimulate growth.

Moon in Leo

The most barren sign. Plow, till, cultivate, kill weeds and pests, destroy trees, bushes, and roots. Also good for harvesting fruit and below ground crops. "If weeds, briars and bushes are cut off in the fourth quarter of the moon in August when its place is in Leo, they will be more certainly destroyed than at any other time." Mow grass to retard growth. Don't plant or transplant anything. Fire sign ruled by the Sun.

Note: It is a good sign for hunting, baking, getting hair perms, and painting.

Moon in Virgo

Barren sign good for cultivating and killing weeds and pests. Not good for planting or transplanting anything. Earth sign ruled by Mercury.

Note: Avoid gardening tasks during this time. Use the time to plan future chores.

Moon in Libra

Good sign for planting above ground crops. Very good for vines and flowers. Seeds planted in Libra produce strong pulp and root growth. The best sign for planting flowers. Air sign ruled by Venus.

Note: Good sign to cut hair to stimulate growth.

Moon in Scorpio

The second best sign for planting, transplanting, all propagation. Good sign to water in. Seeds planted in Scorpio produce good vine growth, sturdiness, good fruit set, winter hardiness, and drought and cold resistance. Good sign for planting fruit trees. Water sign ruled by Mars.

Note: Good sign for hunting and fishing. Also good to set eggs for hatching and animals born in Scorpio make good breeding stock.

Moon in Sagittarius

Not a good sign to plant or transplant in. Good sign for cultivating and harvesting. Fruit picked in Sagittarius keeps good. Fire sign ruled by Jupiter.

Note: Cucumbers, garlic, onions, potatoes, radishes, and maple and oak trees can be planted.

Note: Good sign to wean children and animals. Quit habits on the second day of Sagittarius. Try it. Cut hair to stimulate growth. Good for perms. Also good for hunting, baking, making jelly and pickles.

Moon in Capricorn

Good sign to plant and transplant root crops. Also all crops. Produces good root and stalk growth. Good sign for pruning and grafting. Earth sign ruled by Saturn.

Note: Good sign to pour foundations, pulling teeth, canning, weaning children and animals. Also a fair sign for fishing.

Moon in Aquarius

Good sign for cultivating and killing weeds, pests, etc. Good sign to harvest fruit and root crops. Seeds planted in Aquarius don't germinate well and are likely to rot. Air sign ruled by Uranus.

Note: Cut hair to stimulate growth. Fair for hunting.

Moon in Pisces

One of the best signs for planting, transplanting, propagating, etc. Seeds produce strong root growth, drought resistance, deep root penetration, short top growth, and a healthy, plentiful fruit crop. Water sign ruled by Neptune.

Note: Good sign for weaning and quitting habits. Best sign for pruning and planting trees and shrubs. Also for pulling teeth, cutting hair, and fishing. Animals born now make good breeding stock.

Harvesting Herbs by the Moon

Bark

Tree bark should be taken in fall or early spring when the plant is dormant. It should be taken when the moon is decreasing and in the signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Leaves and flowers

Leaves and flowers for fresh use or freezing should be harvested in mid-morning after the dew has dried. The best times are when the moon is increasing and in Taurus, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, or Pisces.
Leaves and flowers to be dried should be gathered in mid-morning after the dew has dried. They should be taken when the moon in decreasing and in the signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Roots

All roots should be harvested in the fall or early spring when dormant. They should be lifted when the moon is increasing and near full in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Seeds

Most seeds should be harvested when they are as ripe as possible without falling off the plant. They should be taken when the moon is decreasing and in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Astrological Gardening


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