Time for Spring Planting #5 of 5

WHEN to Plant Seeds Where You Live

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I am a firm believer in planting by the moon. I picked up the olde tyme idea from the Amish who, the people I know, follow the practice without question. There is just something about the energy of the seedlings when they germinate that is more robust and determined. Also, the seeds seem to germinate MUCH faster than the average times stated by the seed germination guides. Once I started looking into ti, the naysayers are far outweighed by years and years of collective farming practice. All I can say is, I bet that if you haven't tried it already, and you do try it, you'll plant by the moon ever after.

The old time practice of planting by the moon works remarkably
well. Winter is the time to start thinking about last frost
dates and finding the dates of the spring full moons.

6) WHEN to plant seeds

When I started reading books on how to grow a vegetable garden, I found that many authors discounted, or at least, failed to mention the tremendous advantage of planting by the moon. In planting by the moon, plants that produce their edible assets above the ground are planted BEFORE the full moon and plants that produce in the ground are planted AFTER the full moon. I had an Amish friend who ran a green house in the 1980s and I remembered she always planted by the moon cycle, so I was ready to investigate the practice and see for myself that it worked.

Here is a year of moon cycles. Whoa...

I tried it and and truly was overwhelmed at the ease of germinating the seeds, especially when also using the controlled conditions of the Park's Bio-Domes, heat mats and thermostat heat mat regulators. I now am a BIG fan of planting by the moon and wouldn't considered planting any other way. For a listing of the moon cycles for 2012, click here.

For a FANTASTIC web site, that I absolutely love, for making moon planting easy, try clicking here.

Time lapse of some bush beans growing from seeds.
The video was shot over a 24 hour period using a
Canon GL2 video camera, and sped up 3000x.

 Note: These were not necessarily planted with the moon.

So, if we lived where is it warm, in the southern United States, we might want to start seeds in February. This year, the full moon is on February 7, 2012. If I lived where it's warm in March and April, I would plan on planting my above ground producing plant seeds in their snug little BioDomes from Park Seeds on February 4th. From Saturday, February 4, up to and including the day of the full moon, February 7, would be the optimal planting time for above ground crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and peppers and lots more. Afterward, on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, those in the south could optimally plant below ground crops, such as beets, rutabagas, carrots, onions, potatoes and peanuts.

Now, it's too cold and too long before spring to plant any crops, but that's how it works for planting with the moon. Not really difficult, it's just takes a bit of planning and fore thought. I just want to get you thinking about the moon and its cycles as a dry run for springtime efforts. Why not optimize the time and money spent in gardening? I know I need all the help I can get.

Determining the last frost date for your area in spring and then figuring out the closest full moon will help coordinate your plants to being the right size for the transition to outside. Transplanting healthy plants will insure they can grow to produce food without a great deal of stress which sometimes inhibits production. Germinating your own plants also makes gardening lots cheaper. With packages of organic seeds being under three dollars, germinating your own is much less expensive than buying flats.

Now that I have you thinking about ordering or shopping for your seeds, equipment and helpful books, that's enough to keep busy until it's time to actually start seeds. Now, you can take a rest! I know I'm going to take a nap....thanks for spending time together and could you wake me in 45minutes?


If you have an interest in the moon cycles, this is a
great book that comes out every year and is specific
for each year's optimum planting dates.
Click this link to preview:


Gardening and Planting By the Moon


NaBloPoMo January 2012

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