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Calling all Moon Gardeners!

toodie jane Feb 26, 2011 11:26 AM

What is your experience with gardening by moon phases? Where do you get your information? I've seen a gardening calendar set up by moon phases. Farmer's Almanac to me seems to be pretty thin on information in respect to the why and how of lunar gardening.

I'd love to hear from gardeners genuinely involved in gardening by moon phases.
Thanks!

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    LJS May 21, 2011 09:06 AM

    When my daughter told me her friend who has a small gardening business (totally organic and all-natural, heritage seeds) also gardened by the phases of the moon and wanted my daughter to give it a try, too, I was skeptical in the extreme.

    Well, I came to scoff and stayed to pray. D's garden plot went from a totally dead city lawn to a thriving garden in less than one season.

    In a plot barely 15 x 15 feet, D grew 20 tomatoes, zucchini, cukes and pattypan squash, peas, bean,radishes, broccoli, lettuce, kale,spinach,brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips, beets, carrots, 12 different herbs, and pansies and marigolds, too. It wasn't pretty, seemed quite chaotic to me, but was all carefully planned with diagrams and timetables according to moon phases. D was faithful about following the rules.

    .It was lush and fertile beyond anything I had seen in my own (experienced) garden plot which is supposed to be a better climate (I am Zone 6a, D is barely a 5).

    Trust me,
    I no longer snicker when she tells me this is the wrong phase of the moon for weeding.

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      lunafish Apr 26, 2011 02:15 PM

      I found this website which provides information for 3 different kinds of lunar calendars... I'm not much of a purist, I just do what I do when I do it, but I garden alongside some old pros who swear by biodynamic planting and cultivation techniques.

      http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co....

      1. CCSPRINGS Apr 15, 2011 05:22 PM

        I thought you meant a 'moonlight' garden which is planting white flowers so you can enjoy them during full moons.

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          Westy Apr 26, 2011 10:51 AM

          Never heard of it. Neat idea. I think a few flowers only come out at night. You coul have a good time with this...

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            CCSPRINGS Apr 26, 2011 05:37 PM

            Moonflower.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_...

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              BelovedofIsis May 9, 2011 03:26 PM

              Those have a wonderful fragrance and you can watch them bloom every night!

        2. meatn3 Feb 28, 2011 06:05 PM

          My gardening has been too sporadic to get involved to that degree. However, I have known a number of people who swear by it. I've worked at several place where we sold a calendar geared for this. People seemed to use it as their primary guide. Here is a link to the company:

          http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com/

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