If you're like us, when winter just won't go away, our thoughts start turning to spring and spending time outdoors. Last year we had our landscape redone and it makes sitting outside even more enjoyable. We ordered a large compost bin and started recycling our veggie peels and dead flowers, etc. We even added worms to help with the breakdown and we successfully created a lot of rich soil. Well, enough of that, as it gets closer to using our gardens again, we’ll give you a complete composting tutorial along with pictures from our own garden.
Now back to the reason for this blog, we received an advertisement from Bare Bones Living about “moon gardening” and it makes sense. Basically what they were talking about is anciently-rooted practice that many farmers and gardeners trust.
Moon phases affect groundwater in the same way they affect oceans. Waxing moons pull water to the surface of the ground. Waning moons send it deeper into the earth. Knowing this may change the way you plan tasks in your garden.
Each moon cycle reflects the seasons. For example:
-New Moon – Spring - Plant leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and grains in this quarter, when rising water will help the seeds swell and crack.
-Second Quarter Moon – Summer - Plant beans, tomatoes, squash, and melons, wait for the full moon when water is closest to the surface.
-Full Moon – Fall - If you want to plant bulbs, potatoes, artichokes, or handle transplants, do it in this phase, when water is moving down toward roots.
-Last Quarter Moon – Winter- The final quarter is a resting phase, good for cultivating beds and completing prep work.
Observing the moon and its effects on your plants is an exercise in mindfulness. As you tend to your plants, discerning and honoring their natural rhythms, you become more connected to the earth, the sky, and your natural self.
If you’d like more info, check out their website at: https://www.barebonesliving.com/
Source: Bare Bones Living