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.
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
Sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moon in Cancer: This planet is the best for germination.
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
Waning Moon or 2 to 3 days after Full Moon right through day before of New Moon.
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.
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.
Moon in Leo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance.
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.
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.
Moon in Virgo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance, compost care.
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.
Moon in Libra: Air sign. Sow Flower plants: broccoli. Do not sow Roots plants: Radish,Spring Onions,Pototoes...
Moon in Virgo: Dry and barren. Garden maintenance.
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.
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 ...