How to garden with the moon?

How to garden with the moon?

Since the dawn of time, gardeners have observed the moon and the effects of its cycle on plants. From generation to generation, they have passed on an empirical know-how which allows them to take advantage of lunar help to raise seedlings, cultivate beautiful plants and harvest tasty fruits and vegetables. How about we try? Gardening with the moon is much simpler than it seems, you just need to know these four basic principles!

Why garden with the moon?

If you think that lunar gardening is only practiced by superstitious farmers with disappearing know-how, then it's time to fight your prejudices and reconsider your relationship with the moon. So think, our terrestrial satellite is capable by itself of moving oceans by acting on the tides, it would still be a height that it does not influence by the circulation of the sap! Not to mention that the brightness of the moon on certain nights is such that it would be surprising if it did not disturb plants in the mechanism of photosynthesis. In short, even if the influence of the moon on gardening is not an exact science, the observations made for centuries represent a sum of knowledge which deserves all our attention, whether planting a tree, cultivate a vegetable garden, or simply take care of your green plants in an apartment. Yes, yes, your Pilea will thank you!

© PxHere Leaf vegetables are harvested in leaf day and in rising moon

Principle 1: Is the moon rising or falling?

To ask the moon to help us take care of our plants, the first thing to do is to know if it is "rising" or "descending". But beware, there is a trap! This notion has nothing whatsoever to do with whether it is increasing or decreasing. It is therefore not these districts that must be observed, but its position in the sky, which is higher or lower depending on the day. To find out, you must find a benchmark (tree, roof, bell tower, etc.) and note the position of the moon two nights in a row, two hours apart. If it is higher than the day before, it is rising, if it is lower, falling. Otherwise the easiest way is to consult a lunar calendar to be able to anticipate without making a mistake! When the moon "rises", it attracts the sap in the aerial parts of plants. It is time to sow them so that they are easier to raise, but also to make bouquets and harvest the fruits and all the vegetables that do not grow underground. Full of nutrients, they are more flavorful and keep longer than in the waning moon. When the moon "descends", it concentrates its benefits underground. It's time to plant, transplant, work and enrich the soil, but also to harvest all the root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes!

© PxHere The moon helps the seedlings to rise

Principle 2: In what constellation is the moon today?

In its celestial course, the moon crosses the various constellations of the zodiac, which are each associated with a part of the plants. The constellations of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, linked to the earth element, benefit for example the roots. The constellations of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius help fruits and seeds, while those of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius succeed in flowers. Finally, when the moon settles in the constellations of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, it gives a serious boost to the leaves. It is enough to consult a lunar calendar to know immediately when the moon will be in a "fruit day", a "leaf day", a "root day" or a "flower day". We then plan his gardening work on the best possible day, always depending on the weather. For example, to sow radishes, wait until the moon is rising and preferably choose a "root day". To plant a hedge, we prefer that the moon is descending, in a "leaf day". The planting of a fruit tree will be done in a "fruit day" in the waning moon while that of a decorative flowering prunus will be done in "flower day". Even without a garden, we prefer to repot its green plants in "leaf day" and waning moon, take care of its orchids and go and make a bouquet of wild flowers in "flower day" and go and harvest carrots in a picking in "root day "and the waning moon ... Easy, right?

© PxHere Root vegetables are harvested in the waning moon

Principle 3: Compulsory days of rest

The consultation of a lunar calendar also makes it possible to identify the days of great lunar activity to avoid disturbing the plants beyond measure. These days, we let nature recover quietly without intervening, at the risk of seeing some unpleasant surprises a few weeks later. We thus avoid gardening when the moon is at its peak or at its perigee and we let pass the "lunar nodes" and the eclipses, which would have disastrous consequences on the sowing and the resumption of plants. The full moon and the new moon, on the other hand, would have less impact on plants, some gardeners avoid working on these days while others do not pay attention to it…

© En Filigrane Glycine is planted and pruned in flower days

Principle 4: Common sense above all!

By learning to plan your gardening work according to its three main principles, you should quickly master the basics of lunar gardening to get the most out of our precious satellite. But the moon will only help you if you are already a gardener attentive to the weather and plant cycles. It cannot do anything against a late frost, too poor or too acidic soil, a lack of light or heat. Conversely, it will not come to ruin your plantations if you miss the day! So if the most conscientious also take into account the waning and waning moon and a multitude of other small details, the main thing is above all to show common sense and flexibility. In summary, the ideal is to consult a lunar calendar before planning major gardening work, avoid mandatory rest days, sow in the rising moon, plant in the waning moon and do your best to choose the most suitable lunar day. Happy gardening! Consult our lunar calendars