Calling all Moon Gardeners!
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.
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).
I no longer snicker when she tells me this is the wrong phase of the moon for weeding.
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.
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: