Friday, February 18, 2011

Planting Your Gardens By The Moon Phases~

The concept of planting by the moon is not a new one. It has been practiced since ancient times, dating back to the Babylonian era. Some of this thinking is embedded in astrology. Astrology is a science that believes the moon influences many areas of our lives. In our gardening example, there are some scientific roots. The gravitational pull of the moon influences tides and ocean levels. Water is also pulled upw

ard in the soil by the same gravitational forces. This in turn, brings moisture to newly planted seeds.

~Using the concept of Planting by Phases of the Moon:

Plant above ground crops during the "Waxing" or rising moon. This is a period of increasing light from the new moon to the full moon.

Plant root crops during the "Waning" or declining moon. This is from the full moon to the new moon when the moonlight is declining.

Does It Really Work~

Scientific studies have shown this gardening concept has merit. I am a 4th generation farmer who totally believes and practices the concept.

There are variations of any set practice, so do your research, try it in your own gardening project and decide for yourself.

The link here is the best informational/explanation I have found.
Sage Hill has begun the process of spring layout and planting...let us know if we may help you in your plan. The photo is a garden at Sage Hill...planted in the full moon cycle last year.

Bea Kunz
Sage Hill Farms

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