This easy to use tool – Lunar Planting Calendar – dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian times.
This is an ancient agricultural practice that has been used by farmers for thousands of years. It is based on the period of the Moon from one New Moon to the next New Moon (approximately 29.5 days). This is an ancient agricultural practice that has been used by farmers for thousands of years. It is based on the period of the Moon from one New Moon to the next New Moon (approximately 29.5 days).
It has been observed over time that the gravitational forces between sun, the moon and the earth have an effect on the tides, people, animals and plants. The ocean tides are highest at the phase of the new and the full moon, when sun and moon are lined up with earth and their gravitational pulls affect the large bodies of water more intensely.
Just as the gravity of the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which in turn encourages growth. At this time there is the highest concentration of moisture is in the top soil. Studies have shown that seeds will absorb the most water around the the full moon phase of the lunar calendar.
Lunar phases in brief:
New Moon – soon after new moon is the best time to sow and plant leafy annuals
- The waxing moon is between New Moon and First Quarter. At this time sap flow in above ground plants increases.
First Quarter – best time to sow or transplant fruiting annuals, flowering annuals, grains and melons.
Full Moon – soon after full moon is the best time to sow and plant root crops
- The waning moon is between Full Moon and Last Quarter – at this time the sap flow is concentrated in the roots
Last quarter – no sowing or planting in this phase
- During low energy periods, the sap run is low, plants will have poor growth – not a good time to plant and sow
- High sap run produces strong growth – a good time to plant and sow
Take the guesswork out of gardening because there is an auspicious time to:
- prepare the soil / attend to your compost
- take cuttings
Tip: Avoid planting, sowing or taking cuttings from 12 hours before to 12 hours after the exact change of moon cycle.
In order to better understand (and plan) for when you are to plant and when you should harvest you will find this Lunar Planting Calendar an invaluable asset in your organic gardening tool box.
Other pages of interest:
- companion planting
- caring for your worms
- healthy “black gold” for your compost
- To download your Lunar Planting Calendar PDF click this link
- To order your laminated ready to use Lunar Planting Calendar which will be posted to you click this link
“Earth laughs in flowers”
Ralph Waldo Emerson