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Moon Gardening Calendar August 2012

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

The Calendar I always put first in the thread is the Farmer's Almanac because some people follows it, then I continue with the one I use, the Biodynamic system.

One of the element in biodynamic, is the planting calendar,which has to do with the cosmic timing of activities in the garden, much of the timing for work to be carried out according to the biodynamic system is to do with the movement of the moon through the Zodiac.

Farmers' Almanac
August 2012

1st Favorable Day For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Radishes, And Other Root Crops.

2nd-4th Barren Days. Fine For Killing Plant Pests.

5th-6th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Vine Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.

7th-8th Barren Days. Do No Planting.

9th-10th Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.

11th-13th Any Seeds Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.

14th-15th Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.

16th-19th A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.

20th-21st Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Winter Wheat, Oats, And Rye. Plant Flowers.

22nd-24th Plant Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Leafy Vegetables. Plant Seedbeds.

25th-26th Cut Winter Wood, Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.

27th-29th Good Time To Plant Aboveground Crops.

30th-31st Barren Days. Fine For Killing Plant Pests.



Biodynamic Moon Zodiac Calendar

August 1 - 2 - 3
Root day
Planet Capricorn
Moon Full

Synodic:
Sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials. 

Biodynamic:
Moon in Capricorn: Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root vegetables Beetroot, Carrots, Radish,Spring Onions, Turnips. Do not sow Flower vegetables like Broccoli, Calabrese. Produce collected today will not store well.

Sidereal: August 1 - 2
Moon in Capricorn: Potatoes and tubers planted under Capricorn or any earth sign will have a strong growth.

Sidereal: August 3
Moon in Aquarius: Dry and barren. Do garden maintenance.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Roots days
Roots days are associated with Earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo), the energy of the Moon is focused into the roots of the plant. Planting now you will get strong, hardy well-anchored plants.

Root vegetables are divided into : Tap Roots, Tuberous Roots, Corms, Rhizomes, Tubers, and bulbs.

Tubers differ from other roots in that they are swollen underground stems, capable of producing new plants and storing energy for the parent plant. If the parent plant dies, the underground tubers can create new plants. Other roots can take nutrients from the ground, but cannot store energy or use it for reproduction. So while every tuber is a root vegetable, not all roots are tubers.

Tubers = Potato, sunchoke, yam

Tap Roots = beet, carrot, cassava, jicama, parsnip, radish, rutabaga, salsifi, sugarbeet, turnip. Horseradish is a tap root mainly use as condiment.

Tuberous Roots = Sweet potato, yucca.

Corms = Celeriac, eddo, taro, water chestnut.

Rhizomes = Arrowroot, galangal, ginger, ginseng, lotus root, turmeric.

Bulbs = garlic, onion, spring onions ((also known as scallion, salad onion, onion stick, green shallot, or green onion in many countries), shallot, leeks, chives...

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 4 - 5

Flower day
Planet: Aquarius
Moon: Waning gibbous

Synodic:
Sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials. 
Biodynamic: 
Moon in Aquarius: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants: Broccoli, Calabrese. Do not sow Roots plants Beetroot, Carrots, Radish, Onions.

Sidereal: 8/4
Moon in Aquarius: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance.
Sidereal: 8/5
Moon in Pisces: This is the best sign for planting soft fruit. It is a time of maximum water intake for plants.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Flower Days

Flower days are associated with AIR signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius).
Plant now, if you want fragrance, beauty, and a long flowering time under these signs. All flower plants, flowering trees and flowering vines and shrubs, the Moon's influence is channeled into the blossom growth.

Use flower days for planting / cultivating Broccoli, Cauliflowers ( although these will do better in a Water sign). Globe Artichokes, bulbs and flowers, flowering herbs (eg Angelica, Borage, Camomile, Lavander, Wormwood.), flowering hedges, flowering trees (eg Lilac), also if you want flowering bulbs and corms ....

~ Plant and prune whilst the moon is descending, ideally on flower-days, when the sap is drawn to the roots

~ Sow on flower days during a waxing moon

~ Fertilize when the moon is waning,whilst the earth is absorbing.

~ Graft, (roses) store (bulbs) or harvest (flowering herbs), on Flower days (yellow) when the moon is ascending, and the sap is rising up

~ Flowers cut on flower days will keep their freshness much longer on the vase

~ This is also a good time for cultivation.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 6 - 7

Leaf day
Planet: Pisces
Moon: Waning gibbous

Synodic:
Sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials.

Biodynamic: 
Moon in Pisces: Water sign. Sow Leaf plants: Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage,Lettuce.
Do not sow Fruit plants like Peas.

Sidereal:
Moon in Pisces: This water sign promotes root growth.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Leaf Days

LEAF are associated with the water constellations (Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer).When you plant in a Water sign, the Moon's influence / energy is channeled into the leaves. This are considered to be the most productive signs, even more so than Earth signs.

Choose leaf days for salads, leaf herbs (mint,basil), Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage,Dill, Kale, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, spinach, Swiss Chard, also cauliflower and leeks, as well as grass or non flowering hedges

~Plant or prune (hedges) during a descending moon (sap is drawn to the roots).

~Sow leaf - plants when the moon is waxing, ideally on leaf days

~Fertilize when the moon is waning, (when the earth is inhaling) and ideally on a leaf-day.

~Very good time for fertilizing and irrigating.

~ Don't harvest now, crops will decay too soon.

~Harvesting is normally best when the moon is ascending. However, to store your leaf harvest, use fruit or flower days, as the watery element present on leaf-days is NOT good for storing.

This message was edited Aug 8, 2012 7:05 PM

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 8 - 9 - 10

Fruit day
Planet: Aries
Moon: Last quarter

Synodic:
Garden maintenance, harvesting and weeding only. Building a new compost heap.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Aries: Fire sign. Sow Fruit plants: beans, peas, grains, cucumbers, squashes. Do not sow Leaf plants Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce.

Sidereal:
Moon in Aries: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance only.

This message was edited Aug 10, 2012 6:34 PM

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 11 - 12

Root day
Planet: Taurus
Moon: Last quarter

Synodic:
Garden maintanace, harvesting and weeding only. Building a new compost heap.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Taurus: Earth sign. Sow Root plants:Radish, Spring Onions,Turnips. Do not sow Brocolli.

Sidereal:
Moon in Taurus: This is a good time to sow Root vegetable crops especially when hardiness in drought conditions is needed.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 13 - 14 - 15

Flower day
Planet: Gemini
Moon: Waning crescent

Synodic:
Garden maintenance, harvesting and weeding only. Building a new compost heap.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Gemini: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants: Broccoli. Do not sow Roots: Radish, Spring Onions,Turnips.

Sidereal:
Moon in Gemini: Barren and dry, and yet good for promoting flower growth.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Cristina, have you ever done any canning by the Signs?

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Yes Darius I try to do my canning and jams following the signs. Also I done some without.

With the sign, the jams, marmalade always they finish with a thick syrup. When I start the drying in the waning moon under a fire sign they dry quickly even if I use just only the sun, I find that when is good to harvest for winter food, long time storage they go real well. Earth sign are good for roots, but fire signs still do the best for me.

It is not the same with water and air sign, the jams end up with a thin syrup even using enough pectin.
Takes longer to dry the fruits and produce with these as well.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Can you elaborate? Best signs to cut and cure foods for long term storage? Best signs to can meats, veggies? Best signs to dehydrate?

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

wow darius I'll have to look at my notes in my journal.

I do have something about meat but I do not can meat. I do some curing though, most are info pass down from my family and some from my own experience.
But for meat, killed with the Moon is increasing, that is waning in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius keeps well. The joints cure better and does not shrink a lot. I do the same when making and smoking sausages.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Good to know on the meat, although I don't raise any, nor butcher. I've done a little curing, and I make sausage.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 16 - 17

Leaf day
Sign: Cancer
Moon: New Moon

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber, and Grains. Harvest produce now will keep well.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Cancer: Water sign. Sow Leaf plants : Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage,Lettuce. Do not sow Fruit plants:Peas, any type of Beans. Fruits Harvested now will not keep / store for longer.

Sidereal:
Moon in Cancer: This planet is the best for germination.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Darius here you have some favourable dates and signs for Harvest:, Drying and Freezing and also Canning.

Fruit and vegetables
Harvesting in the dry air (i.e. Libra, Aquarius and Gemini) and fire signs (i.e. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) in the fourth quarter moon phase helps in the preservation of fruit and vegetables.
Fruits picked during a waning moon phase will cause any damage that may occurs to dry up and not rot.

Do not harvest fruit, grain, and vegetables in the watery signs (i.e. Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) or during the new moon. They will either decay or sprout.

Can fruit and vegetables a day after the full Moon till the New Moon in the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, if you have to, you also can use the Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.


Best signs and time to Dry ( dehydrate):
The dry signs, they are:
Air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Saggitarius
Time
Waning Moon or 2 to 3 days after Full Moon right through day before of New Moon.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Cristina!

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 18 - 19

Fruit day
Sign: Leo
Moon New Moon

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber, also Grains. This is a good time to pick vegetables if they are to be stored.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Leo: Fire sign. Sow Fruit plants: peas, grains. Do not sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Lettuce... Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. 

Sidereal:
Moon in Leo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 20 - 21

Root day
Sign: Virgo
Moon Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber, also Grains. If any produce is harvested today, is for prompt consumption.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Virgo: Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Jerusalem Artichokes, Radish, Spring Onions.
Don't sow Flower plants.

Sidereal:
Moon in Virgo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance, compost care.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 22 - 23

Flower day
Sign: Libra
Moon: Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber. Grains. Vegetables harvested will not keep for long.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Libra: Air sign. Sow Flower plants: broccoli. Do not sow Roots plants: Radish,Spring Onions,Pototoes...

Sidereal:
Moon in Virgo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Well I was headed out to plant out my daylily seedlings after waiting thru the barren weekend. Looks like the 22 and 23 are a much better choice. My worry is I dont know when I planted the seedlings so their growth life might already be 'set' no matter when I plant them out.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

garden glory, If you are looking for BEAUTIFUL flowers then Libra is the sign you want.

I am repeating what I already explain about Flower days:

FLOWER are associated with AIR signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius),Plant now, if you want fragrance, beauty, and a long flowering time under these signs. All flower plants, flowering trees and flowering vines and shrubs, the Moon's influence is channeled into the blossom growth.

And yes, i do love daylily and they are stunning but they will grow strong and healthy when you follow the signs, at least that is what I believe ....

The best of luck with your planting

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks for the repeat. I really appreciate it. Ill for sure wait till the 22nd.

thanks
pam

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 24 - 25 - 26

Leaf day
Sign: Scorpio
Moon First quarter

Synodic:
This is a good time to sow vegetables that produce seed bearing fruits. Tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, chillis, pumpkins, courgettes.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Scorpio: Water sign. Sow Leaf plants: Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce...
Do not sow Fruit plants.

Sidereal:
Moon in Scorpio: An excellent time for planting, germination and strong sturdy growth will result.


This message was edited Aug 23, 2012 8:22 PM

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 27 - 28

Fruit day
Sign Sagittarius
Moon Waxing gibbous

Synodic:
Sow vegetables with seed bearing fruits. Tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, chillis, pumpkins, courgettes.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Sagittarius: Fire sign. Do sow Fruit plants: Peas ...... Do not sow Leaf plants: Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce.

Sidereal:
Moon in Sagittarius: Dry and barren. Good time to plant onion sets and bulbs.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 29 - 30

Root day
Sign: Capricorn
August 29: Moon Waxing gibbous
August 30: Full Moon

Synodic:
Sow Root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Capricorn: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants: Radish, Onions. Do not plant Flower plants.

Sidereal:
Moon in Capricorn: Potatoes and tubers planted now will have a strong growth.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

August 31st

Flower day
Sign: Aquarius
Moon FULL

Synodic:
Now is a good time to sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Aquarius: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants Do not sow Root plants: Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips. Fruits Harvested now should be eaten straight away.

Sidereal:
Moon in Aquarius: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance only.

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