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Anyone here plant by the signs?

Jonesville, SC(Zone 7b)

I know there is a forum devoted to this but......

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.

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

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.

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

I follow the Maria Thun biodiyamic calendar, based on the Zodiac sign and moon influences.
It is very easy to follow and it works.

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

I also use Maria Thun's biodynamic calendar.

We have a Gardening by the Moon Forum here on DG

Arlington, TX

I once had a farmer tell me

Once the dirt doesn't freeze for 4 days its time to plant.

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

so funny ...
by the way darius, do you think Maria's calendar is working for you?

It is working extremely good for me and my friend K, ... but maybe it is all in my head !

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

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 don't do it now.

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

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).

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

That's great.
You are much educated than me on this matter darius.
I did read the little book at the beginning, now I just follow the color dates in the calendar ... so much fun and great harvests !

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

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!

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

i once planted near a stop sign, and the plant never grew.

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

synsfun - it was probably so confused by the sign it decided to do nothing. LOL

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

maybe i should have planted near a 'Yield' sign. then i would have a good harvest.

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

synsfun - hmmm... perhaps I'll try a "Yield" sign in the squash patch. They do tend to climb all over each other!

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