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Planting by the Moon


Since prehistoric times, man has been planting and harvesting crops according to the phases of the moon. In a nutshell, it means that various plants do best when planted or harvested at certain phases. All crops that produce their yield above ground should be planted during the Waxing (New to Full) Moon. The first week is especially good for crops that have their seeds on the outside, and the second week (between the 1st quarter and the Full Moon) is the best for crops that produce seeds on the inside. Some examples of first quarter plants are asparagus, cabbage, celery, and spinach. During the second quarter from the half full to full moon plant beans, peas, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers. During the third quarter or Waning Moon (Full to New Moon) is the time to plant root crops. Plant potatoes during the dark of the Moon. Onions, rhubarb, grapes and berries should also be planted at this time. No planting is to be done on the day of the New Moon or Full Moon and some say “Never plant on Sunday”. Whether you believe in planting by the moon or not, it is always good to try something new. My grandparents always planted by the moon, so this year I think I will try to see if it makes my garden grow better.

DeAnna deanna

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