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Gardening with the Moon

Updated on February 8, 2013

Growing your own organic vegetables is the first step to self-sustainability

It is the beginning of the new year that starts the gardening season for me. It is time to start with the new growth, time to put the knowledge gathered during the previous seasons in action! My gardening philosophy is simple: anything grows. The challenge begins, especially in vegetable gardening, in gaining crops worth while.

As a novice gardener, I am not growing vegetables on a large scale, but my dream is to reach the level of self-sustainability for my family during the coming years. Once you taste the freshness of seasonal products like salad, cucumber or tomatoes from your own garden, you will never go back to buy them grown out of the season, in the middle of the winter. You also already have your own stock of tomato sauce as well as preserved cucumbers spiced with homegrown herbs in your larder.

Gain crops worth while - by growing them in synchrony with moon phases

Back to growing your own .. being a technology geek as well as an avid gardener, I installed a little helper, a Moon Phase calendar on my iCal yesterday. A few years ago, when I first learned about growing vegetables in synchrony with the phases of the moon, I was quite critical about the concept. But as with many things in life, I decided to give it a try after some consideration, with a pinch of salt. After all, we know that the moon does take part in various phenomena, the tides for instance.

According to this method, the guideline for healthier plants as well as better crops is to start as well as collect anything growing above the ground when the moon is waxing and, logically, anything growing under the ground when the moon is waning. I have tried this method through heuristic evaluation, trial and error and have convinced myself not to seed beetroots when the moon is growing, or to start cabbages or peppers when the moon is waning anymore, as they grow so much better when started just a couple of weeks later or earlier, in accordance with the correct moon phase.

This method also helps you with the better planning of your gardening calendar, in order to avoid some unnecessary panic in the Spring or during the harvesting and preserving season. After all, I do not garden on a commercial scale or employ staff to tend to my crops. I garden for pleasure and health. From the beginning I have also opted out from using any chemicals in plant protection as I have learned that if you start with healthy plants and give them correct care during the growing season you do not need anything artificial and opting out the chemicals also brings you yet another step closer of becoming greener in your lifestyle. Also, as the moon can lend me a helping hand with self-sustainability I accept it gladly. Give it a try yourself!

Start a new greener lifestyle - it is easy!

Grow Your Own 2007 - Hands on!

Grow Your Own on IMDB

Books about growing your own veg - Carol Klein RHS

Carol Klein is by far the most influential gardener to ever advise & inspire me with her easy going enthusiasm in vegetable growing. I recommend her books for any gardener, novice or an expert!

Cook & grow Your Own Veg with Carol Klein - essential winter month watching!

Composting is easy and fun!

Composters - get yourself a real bargain!

and start making your own compost

Prepare for bumper crops!

Organic tomato seeds - Grow your own - it is easy!

Two years ago we had an exceptional tomato year, in our zone 5 garden we grew over thirty kilos of tomatoes outside! Of course the weather was on our side, but it is also rudimentary to give these hungry plants a good helping of organic manure at the beginning, when you plant them to their definitive spots in your garden. You should also feed the tomato plants with organic liquid fertiliser every week as soon as the fruit start to appear. You can easily make such fertiliser from comfrey, yarrow or nettles.

Useful gardening tools - Get yourself a bargain

Great quality Fiskars tools for any gardening job! I use this brand myself and highly recommend it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful concept "Gardening with the Moon", it makes sense. I'm in zone 3, so that really limits the growing season to some extent. Beautifully done!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      This is fabulous advice - have you tried the full 'Biodynamic' method?

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      Really great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for sharing this great and rather overlooked information. lensrolled to all my garden lenses. :)

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      gardenlady 8 years ago

      Very Nice lens. Lots of great info. Loved all the pictures - thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Share more. Thanks & regards.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      I'm hoping to add a bee hive to my yard this year to help with the garden and the blueberry bushes and what not. Can't get any more natural than bees. ;)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I have started my own organic container garden growing vegetables and herbs. It is so rewarding to grow your own food I wish I had started earlier!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Love the title and the content. 5* and fav

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      JanaMurray 8 years ago

      This is an awesome resource, thanks for making this....

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I saw seed displays at the store yesterday. Wanted to buy all of them! Love the pictures in your lens!

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      EyeWomski 8 years ago

      I want to grow my own tomatoes. Good info.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      I've always been an organic farmer, as my fathers before me, and my mothers before me. Nice lens.

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      TimeHacker 8 years ago

      Very nice and inspirative lens, 5* from me :)

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      Teacher Adez7 8 years ago

      Very Nice, and blessed as well! :)

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

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