“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted.” – Ecclesiastes 3
Planting with the moon cycle in mind is a cool way to really get in touch with Mother Nature and experience the energy, vibrations and wisdom with the cycles and rhythms of the earth. I feel like gardening this way has helped me become aware of my own cycles, rhythms and be in touch with my self and my emotions.
I have been gardening by the moon since I started gardening. I don’t always get it right. Sometimes life is so full and I am happy to just get the damn seeds/plants in the ground, regardless of where the heck the moon is at. I never say, “Oh man, I missed the proper moon window, I will just try again next season.”
But I always plant. Gardening is a crap shoot, no matter what you do, or how long you do it. There will always be failures and unexpected circumstances. So don’t let that hold you back. I view gardening as a huge experiment and I never have any preconceived expectations of how a crop is going to do (which is also a great skill to practice in other areas of your life).
I started out with this attitude because I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning and I wasn’t going to let my inexperience stop me from starting. And then I quickly realized that even the most experienced farmers can’t entirely predict what is going to happen. One year basil is just going to suck and there is nothing you did wrong!
I am also a huge fan of astrology. I like to look to astrology to pick important dates, especially when it comes to business. For example, I will NEVER launch a book or business idea in mercury retrograde!
During the 1st Quarter of the moon/spring plant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Barley, Cabbage, Cress, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leek, Oats, Parsley, Onions, Spinach and seeds of flowering plants.
During the 2nd Quarter of the moon/summer plant: Beans, Eggplant, Peas, Pepper, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes and Watermelon.
During the 3rd Quarter of the moon/fall plant: Artichoke, Beets, Carrots, Chicory, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnip and all bulbous flowering plants.
During the 4th Quarter of the moon/winter: turn sod, pull weeds, destroy noxious growth, cover beds.
In general you want to plant root crops when the moon is decreasing (also known as waning-which means is it getting smaller after a full moon).
And plant above ground crops when the moon is increasing (also known as waxing-which is when it is getting bigger going towards a full moon).