Working by the Moon

Ever since I have started working with nature and spending more time outdoors I can't help but notice the effect the moon has on me. Perhaps it is because I am a woman. I am not sure, but I can't dispute the fact that every time it is full moon I never sleep very well!

I read a book by Lyn Bagnall called Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting. In it she described that moon planting hasn't been proven, but by what she has seen in her own garden that it could be possible. So I am going to give it a red hot go.

According to the moon, in April on the weekends I should be completing these tasks:

7 & 8 April - Weeding & Pruning
This is because sap flow is low and prevents regrowth.

14 & 15 - Prepare soil
Another point where sap flow is not ideal for plant growth, but not its lowest. It is the time to prepare the soil for the planting of crops which occurs on the:

21, 22, 28 & 29 April - Planting of above ground crops
This is a much longer period than the others and will cover two weekends this month.

So on the 7th & 8th I prepared the herb garden which involved pulling out some weeds and fit in with this cycle. Last weekend (14th & 15th) my parents stayed over so no work was completed. I don't think I can plant things for two weekends so I will have to do some other tasks instead, but I will try to minimise the weeding. I will definitely start some more seeds as my tiny shadehouse is freeing up a bit now.

An aspect of Lyn's book that spoke to me was even if the moon planting has no effects, it still creates a cycle of tasks to occur in the garden. I really liked this as at the moment I am kind of running around like a headless chook being quite overwhelmed with all the things that need doing. By separating the tasks I hope to keep my workload under control and receive the best results for my efforts.

I bought this Moon Calendar Wheel to help me with my planning. I reset it at the beginning of the month according to the date of the new moon. It is very simple to use and has easy to understand explanations of the phases of the moon on it. I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to giving my weekends a set purpose and seeing some results.

Until next time,

Kat

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