I try my best to plant during the Cancer sign whenever possible. However, I am very interested in hearing the 'old timey ways' of planting. Someone told me that things like watermelon, cantaloupe, etc. likes to be planted in the Ram sign. Anyone here know of anymore signs the gardeners of old used? Maybe some of you still practice these things with good results. I never plant unless it is a favorable sign because I believe there is something to it. Thoughts??????? Thanks.
Cant help you with this method of gardening but, I know here in UK there is still a lot of folks young and old who plant be the position of the moon and where some planets are in the sky. there are books on this subject in book stores in US as Ive glances them while on visits (I just go by the weather, temp, light etc so not what your looking for) also have a look in your local library for any gardening books on this subject. good luck. WeeNel.
When I lived in Tennessee I planted by the moon, but didn't find the results to be any different than planting by my own instincts. I only did it then because I shared a garden space (actually a huge field) with two other families and they seemed to think it worked.
I'm having the best success this year, using her calendar for sowing AND transplanting, that I've ever had.
Honeybee, I've planted JUST by the moon for several years, with only so-so results. The biodynamic calendar, based on the signs the moon passes through, is quite different, and has no correlation to the moon rising nor descending.
Thun does consider the moon rising and descending through the signs, BUT that often may be considered rising through the constellations at a time when we normally think the moon is descending (by the amount of visual light we see from the moon).
drthor, every time I read in the little booklet, I learn more. Some really great information is quite easily overlooked because it seems like an obscure comment at the time. I STILL don't readily understand the maps in the back of the book, those that deal with how the moon moves relative to the constellations, but sooner or later it is bound to sink in!