As a moon lover of course I have to be into gardening by the phases of the moon
Moon gardening goes back thousands of years to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Back to the time when people’s very survival depended on being able to grow their own food successfully.
Being in tune with the seasons and phases of the moon keeps us in touch with the natural rhythms of the earth - something I enjoy very much!
Moon gardening works on the gravitational force of the moon and planting eg from two days after the new moon is the best time to plant leafy cops as this phases is drawing the moisture and sap up the plant which creates active and strong growth.
During the full moon phase (2 days either side of the full moon) is rest time in the garden to harvest weeds, crops, tend to compost.
During the waning phase sow below ground crops ie root crops
Moon calendars are fun to have
All you do is line the new moon shape on the dial up with the matching date of the new moon each month. So for this month you would line up the new moon picture to the 5th as the new moon was on the 5th October. If you are unsure of your moon phases here is a fun calculator where you can put in your world location and find times and dates of the moon phases. .
A free moon calendar can be downloaded from NZ Gardener magazine. highly recommend any one thinking or wanting to get into moon gardening to start with this one, and it is FREE.
or you can buy Everlasting Moon Calendars from Riverton Organic Growers
Another resource I highly recommend is reading the Koanga moon calendar. (Southern hemisphere)
I hope today's blog spot has sparked an interest in following the moon too and maybe even you might try gardening by the moon, I swear by it.
. Do let me know if you do garden by the moon.