Welcome to the Gardening by the Moon forum

By popular request:

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/743496/

dave

Sedalia, MO

Thank you Dave.

Castelnau RB Pyrenée, France(Zone 8a)

Thanks for this one Dave - what a star you are LOL

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks Dave - Great topic!

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Wow, that was quick! Thanks! Now to get an almanac and commence learning...with the help of you experienced moon gardeners!

Lexington, MA(Zone 6a)

This is great! I'm intrigued and interested to learn more. Mother Nature really does govern all.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

So who is going to start teaching us something??

Picayune, MS

Moon Stuff:

First Quarter: From New Moon to the Half, plant annuals or crops that will be harvested for their tops and that don't produce what we think of as fruit.

Second Quarter: From Half to Full, plant annuals that have seeds inside their fruit.

Third Quarter: From Full to Half, plant roots and bulbs, perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Fourth Quarter: From Half to New, do other garden chores besides planting, especially pruning.

I am a haphazard gardener, so I use this rule of thumb..... If it grows beneath the ground or has lots of flowers, plant in the waning of the moon, and if you want lots of veggies, plant in the waxing of the moon. If you plant veggies at the wrong time, all you will get is flowers, and not much of a harvest.

I cut my hair in the growing of the moon, from the day after the new moon to the day before the full moon, for maximum fullness and growth.

Sheep shearers get more wool during those times, too, and people who trap crabs to eat say they are bigger at those times of the month.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Are gardeners and farmers the reason they put the moon phases on the all the calendars?

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Not really KY...The lunar phases affect Hunters and Fishermen as well as Farmers, and other folk who do certain things by the moon phases...Back in the days when we had to hunt our food for dinner or to preserve it so we didn't starve to death in the winters we learned that certain things affected the animals and fish...
It's a known fact that animals can predict Earthquakes...sometimes days before they happen...I have a dog that tells me rain is nearby...she never misses...Animals were the barometers for us NDN's...

Many years ago when my first husband and I raised horses, we turned them out to pasture every morning so the stalls could be cleaned...When we saw them start to gather under the trees, we would race to the pasture to bring them in, because a storm was coming...We were too slow once, and two of them were struck by lightening that hit the tree before we could herd them into the barn...Cattle will do the same thing...As a cold front approaches or there are fluctuations in the barometer, fish will go deeper, and not bite...No point baiting the hook, or setting the trap.. the pot will be empty tonight..


Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Oh, Dusty, so sorry to hear about your poor horses! Yes, I know animals sense changes in the weather, but I never thought about fish--sure makes sense! Thanks for the interesting info!

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

I can tell this is going to be one of my very favorite forums. I have always had a strong connection to the moon....always gardened, made major decisions, planned trips etc, by the phases of the moon. Never made a big deal of it - it was just a part of my life. Now I know why. Probably has something to do with that item that scientists say humans don't have - racial memory. Always paid lots of attention to the actions of household animals, and the behavior of sealife. BTW - what is NDN?

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

NDN is the new politically correct abbreviation for American Indian to differentiate from Indian from India...and not use my favorite term.. Injun..which is now deemed to be not nice.. LOL Funny.. Ive been called that all my life..some 60 + years... Oh well..

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

OH N...D...N.... Ha ! I get it now, duh! Should have figured that one out myownself. Part Cherokee and part Blackfoot here....mix with half Spanish and you get a real passionate, spiritual, emotional, looneytune who talk to rocks!

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

One of my Coharie Clan members is Coharie, Blackfoot, Spanish and French....Talk about a volitile combo!! LOL.... She talks to everything including the air...Gotta be either the Blackfoot or the Spanish....ROFLLLL
I only talk to plants, trees, fish and other animals...If it don't move, I don't talk to it.. LOL

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

Some of my best long term conversations have been with rose quartz! Although petrified wood has an interesting slant on life.....

Yup, knowing my family tree - I'd say it's the Spanish. LOL Bet your friend is a fascinating person! Oh, and of course I talk to my plants! Teaching my granddaughter to do so as well, now when she visits the sick ward (area of garden where a little more TLC is needed), she says things like - "oh, you are looking better today" and "come on now - perk up"....She's 3 1/2 and already learning how to garden through sound!

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Good for you !!!! If we elders don't teach, the old ways will soon be gone..Very sad....

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

Well, some people see it more like "Uh-Oh...another looneytune in the making"! But I agree with you.

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Well you know....Anything that seems strange to others makes us look or act weird...I send prayers in the Smoke every day at sunrise and sunset...Try that in February in Ohio with 2 feet of snow on the ground and watch your neighbors immediately deem you to be completely insane...

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

LOLLOL! I'm here on an island in the middle of the Pacific, and I have a moon ceremony for every full moon. Sometimes out on the sea wall, sometimes in my yard...I'm grateful they don't just carry me away in a straight jacket. My friends just smile and say "that's cool", but I know they are wondering about my sanity. Good for you with your smoke prayers!

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

that's what most of my neighbors think of me, although i do not send prayers in smoke. i have, to all the four directions, but not as a routine. please send some my way tomorrow morning.... i have yet another ct scan.

i was a shaman in another life, and i have a few healing powers, do lots of muscle testing, flower remedies, reike, etc. and try to teach what i know to anyone who will listen. (and i DO talk to my plants.) i know that i know more than i know, if that makes any sense.

you'd love OLD NDN, a member from central GA. don't know if he's still even around, his health was not good.... but he taught me LOTS in just the few hours i spent with him.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

I think we probably all know more than we think we know. We just are so leary of listening to that inner voice. I think many shamans just were very tuned to that....hence so much lore, in so many different civilzations about "the third eye", "reaching deep", "talking to the ancestors", etc. When you listen to the wind, you will hear many voices.

Good luck with your test darius, you will be in my thoughts.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks for this forum.... I think I will learn a lot in here. [it's now added to my favorites]

Lexington, MA(Zone 6a)

I'm facinated...on my fav list as well!

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

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

A time to be born, and a time to die,
a time to plant
and a time to pluck up that which has been planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down and a time to build up...


Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Reminds me of a song... To every thing, turn, turn, turn, There is a season, turn, turn, turn...
who wrote that? I can't remember. Now that's gonna drive me crazy!

Anyway, I thought the idea of gardening by the moon sounded silly at first, but, hey...all those countless old farmers can't be wrong, can they? I am always eager to learn from the voice of experience.

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

The Byrds sang it... but get this, Dolly Parton wrote it.

Springfield, OH(Zone 5b)

Well.. Some folks think it means go out and plant at night.. Although.. from what I understand... It is the sun that tells weeds seeds that they should grow so if you did your digging in the night you might get fewer weeds.. lol

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Thanks for the info, dovey! I never would've imagined Dolly Parton wrote that--but she is a very talented lady.

Now I gotta get back out there and pull more weeds so I have room to plant stuff according to the moon's phases...

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

i need to transplant 2 heurcheras.... but not sure if the "moon" is just right.
i did read in the rose thread, that it's ok to transplant roses now...

but my Heurchs are just tgaking a beating where they are and i need to get them out of the sun.

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

tcs
Dusty answered my question about transplanting now and I'm pretty sure it has to do with the moon and not just roses
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/744818/

Falls Church, VA(Zone 7b)

Aw, shucks. I thought this meant, "gardens to plant for the night owls." Like white roses, white callas, huge white daisies, white lilies, white tulips, zebra grass, etc. etc But it didn't take me long to find out we weren't going to be talking about moonlit nights in the garden.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

thanks dovey... wasnt sure.
i read "somewhere" in a different thread to transplant between the 14th and 21st... all of which i will be out of town.

actually -- i was just running back out to move them right now.... before the mosquitoes get too bad.

Merrimac, WI(Zone 4b)

Now how on earth did I miss a "Gardening by the Moon" Forum?!!! Seems like I have lots of reading and catching up to do! ☺

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Well, Jody -- where the heck ya been?? *wink*

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

I just bought the Old Farmer's Almanac for 2009--never did find the one for this year. Not the 'authentic' one; seems I saw some that were different from this one. I am looking forward to learning how to use it!

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

I find Old Farmer's Almanac hard to use. When desperate I would struggle with it and figure stuff out.

I highly recommend the calendar to go with it, I think you'll find it very helpful.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Calendar? Hmm, will have to look for that, thanks, dovey!

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

There is an online calendar http://www.amagickgarden.com/pages/amgpages/amgcalendar.html
Which has been very helpful (and free)
Recently I discovered a printed calendar and I'm real excited about being able to map out the whole year (more like having it mapped out for me)
Here is the thread about the gardening by the moon calendar http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/912983/

Dove

Merrimac, WI(Zone 4b)

tcs1366 - I've been around, but mostly lurking on a couple of threads to keep updated. I really didn't have much time to post, or search new topics. How 'bout you? We really should meet for lunch before the Christmas season becomes too hectic.

I have never really 'gardened by the moon' but I do prefer gardening in the evening and sometimes after dark. It gives my transplants a better start than putting them in during the morning and then they have to deal with the mid-day sun. However, I do think I'll enjoy reading about and trying 'gardening by the moon' as I've always thought there was something to it.

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