Gardening by the phases of the moon is a technique that can speed the germination of your seeds by working with the forces of nature.

Plants respond to the same gravitational pull of tides that affect the oceans, which alternately stimulates root and leaf growth. Seeds sprout more quickly, plants grow vigorously and at an optimum rate, harvests are larger and they don't go to seed as fast. This method has been practiced by many for hundreds of years, and is a perfect compliment to organic gardening because it is more effective in non-chemically treated soil.

Lunar planting is influenced by two factors:

The lunar phase controls the amount of moisture in the soil. This moisture is at its peak at the time of the new and the full moon. At the full moon the sun and moon are lined up on opposite sides of the earth. Just as 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 encourages germination and growth. Tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon.

The astrological signs of the zodiac correspond with the elements of water, earth, fire, or air. Each plant has a preference for what elemental sign it is planted in. The best time for starting seeds of most annual plants is during the fertile water signs, but root crops like earth signs, and flowers especially like the air sign of Libra. The moon sign changes every few days.

We show the best activity for each combination of phase and sign in an easy to read calendar format.

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Gardening by the Moon 2018

--Planting Guide and garden activities
based on the cycles of the Moon

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Gardening by the Moon 2018

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