by Susan
on 29 November 2016
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Something incredible happened last week, we got to witness the rare occurrence of a Super Moon. The moon isn’t just a beautiful, rock orbiting our planet. The moon plays a vital role in life on earth. It has the power to command the tides each night, enticing ocean waves to kiss even higher on the shore once the sun recedes. 

What many people don’t know is that the moon also plays a role in the growth of plants as well.  While we won’t experience another Super Moon during a planting season until 2020, planting crops based on the regular moon phases, regardless of moon superiority, has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years.  Why the moon you ask?  Don’t most people consider the sun and its location when planning their garden? Well yes, they do, but when it comes to knowing when they should plant their crops is a science in itself. Surprising to some this science actually involves tracking the phases of the moon. 

The Tradition Of Plant During Moon Cycles Is Written In History!

Just leaf through any Farmers Almanac going back as far as 1792 to know when the moon phases occur and when to plant your crops accordingly. The practice of planting your crops based off of lunar cycles is often known as astrological agriculture or lunar gardening. 

North Americans aren’t the only ones who have planted their crops based on the lunar cycles. In fact, Pliny the Elder, an ancient Roman historian even wrote about the vast influence the moon had on the Roman Empire’s crops thousands of years ago. We also know that ancient Egyptians and the Mayans used moon cycles to plant their crops, as well as countless civilizations in Africa, China, and South America. 

Studies Show Planting Based On Lunar Cycles Can Improve Crop Yields

The concept behind lunar gardening is that the moon affects the moisture in the soil similarly to how it affects the tides. Dozens of studies conducted by universities, scientist and farmers alike, all show evidence that the moon's cycle affect plant growth.

The theory is drawn from the proven fact that the moon's gravitational pull affect water levels on the earth, therefore affects the moisture in the content of the soil.  However, if it is raining, then who cares if you plant on the full moon, right? The truth is, the moon doesn’t just affect the moisture in the soil. The gravitational pull also increases the seeds’ ability to absorb water. The moon doesn’t just affect crops during a full moon either. Moonlight or the lack of is also a contributing factor which affects root and leaf development as well.

While the results prove the theory that lunar cycles do in fact affect the growth of plants, scientists are still working to determine why the lunar cycles play this fascinating role in gardening. With so many other factors to consider, including soil consistency, tilth, moisture availability, the sun, and temperature, we believe planting based on lunar cycles is worth a try to swing the odds of a bountiful crop our way. 

 Gardening Based On Lunar Cycles Is Simple

Planting your garden based on astrological agriculture is surprisingly easier than many people believe. In fact, following these simple rules of thumb is a quick way to ensure that you are optimizing your plants’ opportunity for growth.

First quarter –  As the moon’s light is on the rise; this is the best time to plant your leafy vegetable starter plants, (ones you buy or start indoors in trays) such as lettuce, cabbage, or spinach.  The leaf development of these plants greatly benefits from the waxing and full moonlight to come.     

Full Moon – The gravitational pull is optimum but waning during a full moon. This is the best time to consider planting your root plants, as they will benefit from the next phase of darkness, leading to a development of a stronger root system.

The second quarter – This phase is known as the resting time. We recommend that you consider transplanting, pruning, harvest, and mowing during this lunar phase.

New Moon – A new moon is the best time to plant seeds for above ground crops, as the lunar pull is quite strong. This will help seeds absorb moisture and burst optimally.  The newly developed young plants will also benefit from the moonlight to come.

There are still many mysteries on this beautiful earth and history, backed by circumstantial evidence, is enough for farmers to still rely on astrological agriculture. Join us in giving lunar gardening  a try this coming year.  For more information on lunar cycles and astrological agriculture, feel free to contact us today!

 

Super Moon Photo Source: Christina Handley

 

by sue
on 12 May 2013
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Planting wheat grass as a project can be fun for children because it grows so fast.  Instant gratification.  It only takes about 7 - 10 days to mature.

Wheat grass is extremely healthy and beneficial for your body, when juiced, but it also has decorative possibilities.

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