How to garden with the moon?

Since the dawn of time, gardeners have been observing the moon and the effects of its cycle on plants. From generation to generation, they have transmitted an empirical know-how that allows you to take advantage of lunar help to raise seedlings, grow beautiful plants and harvest tasty fruits and vegetables. What if we tried? Gardening with the moon is much simpler than it seems, just know these four basic principles!


Why garden with the moon?

If you think that lunar gardening is practiced only by superstitious farmers with a know-how in the process of disappearing, it’s time to fight your prejudices and reconsider your relationship to the moon. So think, our Earth satellite is able to move oceans by acting on the tides, it would be a shame that it does not influence the flow of sap! Not to mention that the brightness of the moon some nights is such that it would be surprising that it does not disturb the plants in the mechanism of photosynthesis.In short, even if the influence of the moon on gardening is not an exact science, the observations made over the centuries represent a sum of knowledge that deserves our full attention, be it to plant a tree, to cultivate a vegetable garden, or simply take care of his green plants in apartment. If, yes, your Pilea will thank you!
Leaf cabbage leaf



Principle # 1: Is the moon rising or falling?

To ask the moon to help us take care of our plants, the first thing to do is whether it is “rising” or “descendant”. But beware, there is a trap! This notion has nothing to do with the fact that it is increasing or decreasing. It is not these neighborhoods that must be observed, but its position in the sky, which is higher or lower depending on the day.To find out, you must find a landmark (tree, roof, bell tower …) and note the position of the moon two nights in a row, two hours apart. If it is higher than the day before, it is rising, if it is lower, descending. If not the simplest is to consult a lunar calendar to be able to anticipate without making a mistake!
When the moon “rises”, it attracts sap to the aerial parts of the plants. It’s time to plant more easily, but also to make bouquets and harvest the fruits and all the vegetables that do not grow underground. Enriched with nutrients, they are more tasty and keep longer than in the falling moon.
When the moon “descends,” it concentrates its benefits beneath the earth. It’s time to plant, transplant, work and enrich the land, but also to harvest all root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes!
Falling moon radishes



Principle 3: Compulsory days of rest

Viewing a lunar calendar can also be used to identify days of high lunar activity to avoid disrupting over-sized plants.On these days, nature is allowed to recover quietly without intervening, at the risk of seeing some unpleasant surprises a few weeks later. This avoids gardening when the moon is at its apogee or its perigee and we let the “lunar nodes” and eclipses pass, which would have disastrous consequences on planting and plant recovery.
The full moon and the new moon, however, have less impact on plants, some gardeners avoid working on those days while others do not pay attention …
Glycine in bloom



Principle 4: First of all, common sense!

By learning how to plan your gardening work according to its three main principles, you should quickly master the basics of moon gardening to get the most out of our precious satellite.But the moon will only help you if you are already a gardener attentive to the weather and plant cycles. It can not do anything against a late frost, a soil too poor or too acid, a lack of light or heat. Conversely, it will not come to ruin your plantations if you have been wrong day! So if the most conscientious also take into account the increasing and decreasing moon and a multitude of other small details, the main thing is above all to show common sense and flexibility.
In summary, the ideal is to consult a lunar calendar before planning major gardening work, avoid mandatory rest days, sow on a rising moon, plant a descending moon and do one’s best to choose the best one. most suitable lunar day. Good gardening!