Planting by the phases of the moon is a method of cultivation as old as agriculture and civilization. Based both in tradition and superstition, the character and growth traits of plants were seen to vary with the phases of the moon. Through the corridors of time, this rhythm of growth was recorded and passed down to following generations.
Today we have access to this half-forgotten knowledge and what has endured is a schedule of plant growth that we can use just as those gardeners of yore. It is an example of mankind’s struggle to understand and harness the forces of nature and in so doing master this world.
The Moon,Tides,Seeds And Water
The Earth is in a gravity well that is constantly altered by the sun, moon, and planets. It is seen that the ocean tides are the highest when there is a time of full moon as well as when the moon and the sun are lined up together. Many ancient people have also believed that the moon draws up the tides as well as seas that helps in the growth of seeds and further promotes a speedy growth as well.
The Full Moon
When the moon is full the lunar gravity draws water up and causes seeds to germinate. From the times of the ancient period, the full moon can help in balancing the leaf growth as well as the root growth too. It is the best time to produce the annual crops was to do it in the full moon. Crops such as spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage as well as the grain crops had the window opportunity on their planting seeds.
The Second Quarter Moon
In the second quarter moon (i.e. waxing half moon) the pull of gravity is less, but the moonlight is substantial and on the increase, which was believed to encourage strong leaf growth. It was generally considered a good time for most types of planting and the prime time for this was usually two days before the full moon.
The Third Quarter Moon
When the moon enters the third quarter its light is diminishing (i.e. waning half-moon), the light energy is dwindling. But during this time the gravitational pull is still quite high, creating increased moisture in the soil. Also, at this time the moonlight is decreasing, which our forefathers believed was putting energy into the roots.
The New Moon
At the time of the new moon, both the gravitational pull and the moonlight are decreasing and was thus considered a resting period. Growth during this period was believed to be stable and steady providing strength to the plants and a good time for maintenance. This was predicted to be the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune.
In case you are a crazy moon garden lover, you can start off with your own moon gardening so that you can achieve out a successful plan for it.