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Moon Gardening Calendar February 2013

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Here is the Moon Calendar, first is the entire Farmer's Almanac for February.
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, February 2013

1st Favorable Day For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.

2nd-4th Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes, And Other Root Crops In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.

5th-6th Neither Plant Nor Sow On These Barren Days.

7th-8th Any Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Do Well.

9th-11th Barren Days. Fine For Clearing, Plowing, Fertilizing And Killing Plant Pests.

12th-13th Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes, And Other Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants.

14th-15th Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.

16th-18th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons, And Other Aboveground Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.

19th-20th Any Seed Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.

21st-22nd Fine For Planting Beans, Tomatoes, Corn, Cotton, Cucumbers, Peppers, Melons, And Other Aboveground Crops Where Climate Allows. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.

23rd-26th Clear Ground, Turn Sod. Kill Plant Pests.

27th-28th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.


Biodynamic Moon Zodiac Calendar

February 1 - 2

Root day
Sign Virgo
Moon Waning gibbous

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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Virgo: Earth sign. Sow Root plants: Garlic, Onions,  Shallots,  Spring Onions. Do no sow Flower plants: Broccoli.

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

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 3 - 4

Flower day
Sign Libra
Moon Last quarter

Synodic:
Garden maintenance. Instead use this time to weed and harvest. It is an excellent time to start building a new compost heap.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Libra: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants: Broccoli.. Do notsow Rooting plants: Garlic, Onions. 

Sidereal:
Moon in Libra: A Good time to sow green manures or cover crops

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 5 - 6

Leaf day
Sign Scorpio
Moon Waning crescent

Synodic:
Garden maintenance, weed and harvest also start a new compost heap.

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

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

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 7 - 8

Fruit day
Sign Sagittarius
Moon Waning crescent

Synodic
Garden maintenance, weeding and harvest.

Biodynamic
Moon in Sagittarius: Fire sign. Sow Fruit plants like Broad Beans, Cucumber. Do not sow Leaf plants: Cabbages.

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

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 9 - 10

Root day
Sign Capricorn
Moon New Moon

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber also Grains. Produce harvested now will last longer.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Capricorn: Earth sign. Sow Root plants: Carrots, Chives, Garlic. Do not sow Flower plants:
Broccoli. Fruits Harvested now will store for longer.

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

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 11 - 12

Flower day
Sign Aquarius
Moon New Moon

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals . Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber also Grains. Produce harvested today will store for longer.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Aquarius: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants: Broccoli. Do not sow Root plants Carrots, Chives, Garlic. Produce harvested now will store for longer.

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

Iowa Park, TX(Zone 7b)

Thank you again for this information! (I have some garlic to plant and was checking to see if today was/is a good day.)

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Ladypearl I only enter DG"s just now, I'm sorry to be late for you ... Yes, the 11 was a root day ....

The next 18 - 19 - 20 will be Root day and garlicis a root plant.


Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 13 - 14 - 15

Leaf day
Sign Pisces
Moon Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber also Grains. Produce harvested today will store for longer.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Pisces: Water sign. Sow Leaf plants: Cabbages. Do not sow Fruit plants: Broad Beans, Cucumber.

Sidereal:
Moon in Pisces: This sign is favourable for planting soft fruit. The plants absorbs maximum water intake under the influence of this sign.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Leaf Plants

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 (sage, sorrel, mint,basil, thyme), Asparagus, Basil, Bay, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Coriander, Cress, Cornsalad or Mâche, Dill, Endive, Kale, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard, also can be planted on Leaf days cauliflower and leeks, as well as grass or non flowering hedges

These Oriental and Chinese Leaf vegetables are more resistant to cold weather, you can sow : Pak Choi, Mizuna, Mustard or Japanese Spinach Leaves, Mustard Greens, Chinese Cabbage any variety.


Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 16 - 17

Fruit day
Sign Aries
Moon Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals . Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber. Grains are also good to plant now. Vegetables harvested today will not store for long.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Aries: Fire sign. Sow Fruiting plants: Broad Beans, Cucumber. Don't sow Leaf plants: Cabbages.

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

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 18 - 19 - 20

Root day
Sign Taurus
Moon First quarter

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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Taurus: Earth sign. Sow Root:plants Carrots, Chives, Garlic. Do not sow Flower:Broccoli.

Sidereal:
Moon in Taurus: Sow Root vegetable crops especially when hardiness in drought conditions is needed.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 21 - 22

Flower day
Sign Gemini
Moon Waxing gibbous

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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Gemini: Air sign. Sow Flowering plants: Broccoli. Do not sow Root plants: Carrots …

Sidereal:
Moon in Gemini: Barren and dry. This sign promote flower growth.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 23 - 24

Leaf day
Sign Cancer
Moon Full Moon

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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Cancer: Water sign. Sow Leaf plants: Cabbages. Do not sow Fruit plants: Broad Beans. Fruits harvested now should be eaten.

Sidereal:
Moon in Cancer: This is a good time for germination.

Sierra Foothills, CA(Zone 8a)

Today it is snowing. Yesterday I worked hard on digging the new shade garden which is enclosed by fencing. The deer seem to ravish the hydrangeas and the north side of the house really gets too much sun in the summer "morning sun" which lasts until afternoon. I will be moving the pulmonarias, brunnera, lamium, hellebores and some ferns.

Today I worked on the quilt for my great-grandson...

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

evelyn good to hear from you. I imaging that in your piece of the world stone fruits, cherries and the likes should produce beautiful with so many cold hours that you have and you are quite right to move some of the plants when they are dormant, as the ground heat up, the growing hormones of the plants wakes up and then they get accustom to their new location as nothing did happen.

I do also quilt in winter, I have to finish a bed scarf or coverlet that I will restart working mid Autumn when I finish with the harvest, I'll see....

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

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 (sage, sorrel, mint,basil, thyme), Asparagus, Basil, Bay, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Coriander, Cress, Cornsalad or Mâche, Dill, Endive, Kale, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard, also can be planted on Leaf days cauliflower and leeks, as well as grass or non flowering hedges

These Oriental and Chinese Leaf vegetables are more resistant to cold weather, you can sow : Pak Choi, Mizuna, Mustard or Japanese Spinach Leaves, Mustard Greens, Chinese Cabbage any variety.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 25 - 26 - 27

Fruit day
Sign Leo
Moon Full

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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Leo: Fire sign. Sow Fruit plants: Broad Beans, Cucumber. Do not sow Leaf plants: Cabbages.
Fruits harvested now should be eaten.

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

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Cristina, how dedicated you are to write all of this information for the rest of us!
I have been interested in the "Gardenng by the Moon for a very long time. My dad followed the moon etc. for gardening, but, sadly, I was a kid and was not interested in his methods, and now, he's gone. So, I don't really understand this "Gardening by the Moon" method, but have witnessed it working.

Is there a resource I could study regarding this subject? The Farmer's Almanac doesn't seem to give too much explanation. Or perhaps, I haven't read it enough. I have looked at it in the stores and haven't been able to make too much sense of it. I was hoping there would be an intro to this subject at the top of this forum.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

I had explained some few times about moon gardening and the one I follow, the biodynamic one.

There are some few books about it, that for sure you can find in your local library but in the net there are some sites that tells you a good bit.

I try to add some info in this thread but I do not repeat it often so it doesn't looks too repetitious.
Here you have some sites,

biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html

wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture

Cristina

This message was edited Feb 25, 2013 9:09 PM

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Thanks for the information. You should ask Dave's Garden to make your explanations "sticky" like they do in other forums.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Is there a good day to re-pot house plants?
Is there a good day to take cuttings of say, pelargoneums or other house plants?
I also want to take some cuttings this year from my Lavender shrubs. Any suggestions here?
And, what about fertilizing house plants.
I am getting ready to do all of these activities.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

birder this will help you.

Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn (roots plants)
Air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius ( flower plants)
Water signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio ( leaf plants)
Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius (fruit plants)

Is there a good day to re-pot house plants?
Answer: Transplant and re pot houseplants during the waxing moon so the plant can capitalize on the full moon growth, better on a earth sign or a water sign will do

I also want to take some cuttings this year from my Lavender shrubs. Any suggestions here?
Answer: In the first or second quarter of the waxing moon, take cuttings from plants you wish to propagate also better on a earth sign or a water sign will do .
Once the cuttings are rooted, pot in the first or second quarter of the waxing moon, if they are Flower on Flower day, Ornamental on Leaf day etc.

what about fertilizing house plants.
Answer: Fertilize when the moon is waning, (when the earth is inhaling) and ideally on a leaf-day.

By the way, next Flower day, March 2nd and 3 are the next Flower day

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

So interesting. Seems complicated to me. But, I am knew to this and need to read more about this subject.
Thanks for your responses.
What does waxing and waning moon mean?

Warrenton, VA

I have a question, Cristina. I just bought some trees (Evergreens) from a local nursery and am wondering if there is a special date in early March for them to come out and plant them?

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Gracye, 3/4 and 3/5 will be just right. Leaf day

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

February 28

Root day
Sign Virgo
Moon Waning gibbous


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

Biodynamic:
Moon in Virgo: Earth sign. Sow Root plants: Carrots, Chives, Garlic. Do not sow Flower plants: Broccoli.

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

Warrenton, VA

Oh! Thank you so much, as always, Cristina! I heartily believe in this type of growing, and thank you for your diligence in sharing with us.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

"Synodic sow root vegetables.........perennials.
I am ready to plant perennial seeds? Does that mean I should plant perennial "seeds" today?
And, not to plant any thing tomorrow!

Gee, what does the next week prescribe?

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

birder you can do it BUT if you are sowing perennial Flowers you do that on flower day for spectacular flowers.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Birder I forgot to explain the meaning of :

Waxing moon is when the Moon is getting larger in the night sky, moving towards the Full Moon and
waning moon is when the moon is decreasing in size, after the Full Moon

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

When's the next flower day?
Thanks for responding and answering my questions.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

This Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March are Flower day, birder.

And you are always welcome!

Grantville, GA

A friend suggested that I try the biodynamics planting calendar so I did for the first time last year. I get so confused with all the waxing/waning, and other stuff, I just look at the calender I bought and plant what they say that day is. Wish I would have known you were posting here. By the way, maybe it was chance but I had some of the BEST plants last year, my broccoli (flower) was HUGE! So I try to follow it as closely as I can.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

abhege, I am a biodynamic gardener for over 30 years, oops! I am showing my age!

what happens is that it does work. The plants are healthy, and tha harvest is good.

you look after the soil and the compost and you reap the rewards

I am trying to explain an answer question the best that I can, and I will do my best to help and answer.

Good luck and happy planting.

Grantville, GA

So far all I do is the planting calendar but I garden at my son's farm and he believes in building the soil first. We are in GA so we have some pretty heavy red clay we have been amending. We have only been there three years but we have come a long way.

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

abhege, continue adding organic material and it will improve. Remember is a labour that last years but you will see the improvement if you persevere. Cover crops are good to fix Nitrogen and potatoes area traditional crop for breaking up clay soil the same, cabbage, really any brassica help also and peas they do ok in many differents types of soil as long as you do not over water, in clay this is an issue but they do well in there and after you harvest cut them near the soil and leave the roots in the ground to add nitrogen and organic material to the soil, improving the drainage and your soil.

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