Thursday, April 2, 2009

How the Moon affects plant growth

The new moon,
Lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes a seeds to swell and burst. This factor, coupled with the increasing moonlight creates balanced root and leaf growth. This is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples are lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and grain crops. Cucumbers also do well,

In the second quarter the gravitational pull is less, but the moonlight is strong, creating strong leaf growth. It is generally a good time for planting, especially two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground, but their seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Mow lawns in the first or second quarter to increase growth.

Waning Gibbous Moon

After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots. This is a favorable time for planting root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also good for perennials, biennials, bulbs and transplanting because of the active root growth. Pruning is best done in the third quarter, in the sign of Scorpio.

In the fourth quarter there is decreased gravitational pull and moonlight, and it is considered a resting period. This is also the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune. Mow lawns in the third or fourth quarter to retard growth.

Chart from wickpedia

The Moon has been part of the planting and growing process of most early cultures throughout the world. The Moon does not only has an affect on the large bodies of water such as oceans (tides) and rivers but also has influence on small amounts of liquid that can be found in plants like sap in a tree.. When water is rising during the Waxing Moon, seeds sown and crops planted can take up more liquids than those sown in the waning phase.
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Carla said...

This is like math stuff to me, I hear it and glaze over.
I have always wanted to learn to garden by the moon (cause it just makes sense),
so this year, thanks to you, I WILL stretch my brain, and not only follow your info, BUT learn it for myself.
Thank you for posting all this info-VERY informative and well done.

Carla said...

Perfect, I will be printing this out.