April 30, 2012

When to Plant Garden? - Planting by the Moon - Garden Secrets - Learn to Garden What When Why

What you won’t read on a seed packet is when to plant them in the ground.  You can bury seeds to fit your schedule, but they will sprout and grow on their own schedule. Knowing this critical factor is crucial to being able to grow food most effectively. 

The reflection of the moon, in its predictability, is to cue your participation.  Seeds planted at the correct time have the best chance for strong germination and development as they will grow to their fullest potential joined the forces of nature.

From when there is no moon, until there is a half moon in the night sky, plant seeds which produce food above ground in one season. 
Then, from the half moon, through the full moon, until the only the other half of the moon is full, plant trees and bushes, and root vegetables. 
 During the following week, when the moon decreases from half moon to no moon, no planting is done.  It is the ideal time to harvest food so it will keep well during long term storage.

If you can't see the moon, click here to see for its present stage on-line.

It is a relief to surrender to the power of nature by planting and harvesting by these ancestral edicts.  Do not underestimate the force which rules the entire the world.  From the tides created to pull the world forward through loss and gain, winter and summer, birth and death, is the same water which will bring your seed to life.


  1. I'm hoping to 'absorb' this one of these days. I plant according to frost dates and seed trays indoors ahead of time. This really is fascinating and is not so easily observed from spending so much time indoors. Thanks for sharing. A garden blogger I used to read planted broccoli seeds outdoors under a board and removed it as soon as they sprouted .. this I want to also try.

  2. My grandmother, who taught me gardening, planted this way. She taught my mother and she taught me. I learned with the Victory Garden she planted in WWII. I think that makes me old. :-)