Spring is the most exciting time to be in the garden – so much new life, fresh growth and the anticipation of summer. By tending to garden tasks in alignment with the Moon’s phases and the zodiac takes the hard work out of the equation, as Mother Nature adds her blessing of abundance, ease and delight to the project. When we garden outside of these guidelines the work load increases as we have to apply extra effort for everything to grow and flourish. The choice is yours! Work with Nature where it flows or work against Nature and put more effort in – I know what I prefer!
So on that note we are about to have the New Moon – Tuesday 3rd Dec. On these days leading up to that it is advisable that we prepare the grounds to be ready for planting by weeding, composting, fertilizing and mulching. After the New Moon it will be time to plant annuals and leafy crops such as lettuce, spinach etc.
The Moon phases give us a great guideline to operate within – these principles work every time.
Waxing is New to Full Moon – a time to plant annuals,
Waning is Full Moon to ¾ – we plant perennials, biennials, shrubs, trees,
With ¾ to New there is no planting at all.
To take these references the next step is to bring in the zodiac signs. The 12 zodiacs are divided into groups – fertile, semi-fertile, semi-barren and barren. I think these explain themselves as to their groupings.
Fertile signs are Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces – when the Moon is in these signs it is the best time for planting
Semi-fertile signs are Taurus, Libra & Capricorn – with the Moon in these signs plant flowers & root crops
The Semi-Barren signs are Virgo, Sagittarius & Aquarius – a great time to tidy up when the Moon is here
The barren signs of Aries, Gemini & Leo – definitely no planting, but great for harvesting & pest control.
To access the information of when the Moon is at each phase along with its position by zodiac sign a Moon Calendar is required. All of the above references are provided along with dates, times and listings of the best gardening activity for that day. The Astrovision Moon Calendar provides all this information in an easy to use format.
Happy Gardening to you all