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Planting With the Moon Cycle: Increase Overall Quality and Quantity of Your Garden Plants.

Updated on March 24, 2018
Just as the moon affects the ocean, it also affects the moisture levels present in soil.
Just as the moon affects the ocean, it also affects the moisture levels present in soil. | Source

How Planting by the Moon Cycle Can Improve Your Garden

It was about ten years ago that I was in line at the grocery store and noticed a Farmers' Almanac in the magazine rack at the checkout counter. I was interested in the gardening articles so I bought it and took it home and grabbed a cup of coffee and delved into the pages.
Inside this little jewel of a book were lots of gardening tips and tricks. What intrigued me the most was the Gardening by the Moon Calendar. The article showed that there are certain days to plant and other days to do garden chores, but it didn't explain why planting during certain phases of the moon is so efficacious. Curious about how this could be an asset to my garden, I did a little research on the matter. After looking at all the whys and hows, I soon implimented this technique of cultivation into my biointensive garden. I wanted to see if it would made a difference in quality and quantity.
Fast forward. Now we are ten years or so into this experiment. I can tell you it makes a 110% difference in germination, health, growth and overall quality and quantity of your plants.
If the Farmers' Almanac says no seed planting today because the seed will tend to rot. You better believe I'm not planting seeds today. I will find something else to do and come back to it when the moon cycle is appropriate for planting. I've tried both ways. The plants that were planted according to the moon cycle out performed the ones that were planted on off days of the moon cycle.
The Farmers Almanac makes it easy for you to know planting dates and it also has a lot of other interesting and fun things in the magazine, but you don't need one to start your own experiment. If you want to start now the following guide will help you recognise the appropriate moon phases or you can go to Gardening by the Moon Calendar by Farmers' Almanac for more detailed information.


Fast Forward Ten Years

Now am about ten years or so into this experiment. I can tell you it makes a 110% difference in germination, health, growth and overall quality and quantity of your plants.
If the Farmers' Almanac says no seed planting today because the seed will tend to rot. You better believe I'm not planting seeds today. I will find something else to do and come back to it when the moon cycle is appropriate for planting. I've tried both ways. The plants that were planted according to the moon cycle out performed the ones that were planted on off days of the moon cycle.
The Farmers Almanac makes it easy for you to know planting dates and it also has a lot of other interesting and fun things in the magazine, but you don't need one to start your own experiment. If you want to start now the following guide will help you recognise the appropriate moon phases or you can go to Gardening by the Moon Calendar by Farmers' Almanac for more detailed information.

Moon Cycles


New Moon: Absorption of water and uptake of nutrients. The gravitational pull of the moon draws moisture upwards. Good for planting green leafy annuals.
Second Quarter Moon: Good for planting above ground crops.
Full Moon: Good for planting root crops. Soil moisture level is high. Also good for transplanting perennials.
Fourth Quarter Moon: Best time to cultivate soil, fertilize, harvest, transplant, and prune. This is a rest period for your plants.

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