This is the year that I’m actually going to pay attention to the moon phases when I sow seeds for my vegetables. (Yes, Dr. Hortfreud, I know I say that every year, but I mean it this time.)
The basic idea of planting according to the moon phases is to plant above ground crops on those days between the new moon and the full moon. Then plant below ground crops on those days between the full moon and the new moon. This is supposed to make them grow better, overall.
The biggest adjustment will be that I won’t get to rush out to the garden on March 17th, my traditional day for planting peas and all other early spring vegetables, and just plant everything all at once on the same day.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2010, I should plant the onions and radishes and other root crops between the full moon and the new moon. This will be between March 1 – 14 this year or after March 29th. I should then plant the peas, lettuce, and spinach sometime between the new moon and the full moon, between March 15 – 29th.
Sounds easy enough, and at least this year, I can still plant peas on March 17th.
Does planting by the phases of the moon make me more of an eccentric gardener? (Yes, I admit to being "a bit" of an eccentric gardener.) Or is everyone saying it is about time I got with the program?
Who else is planting according to the phases of the moon?
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