Saturday, April 26, 2014

Planting your garden according to "the signs"

Excerpts taken from "Just Thoughts of a Plain Country Woman" by Lucile Ellingwood Morrow,   April, 4, 1946.
"We've been slow about getting garden in, and for the first time that I can remember the garden it has lain, unplowed all winter. If we planted "in the moon instead of in the ground" it would be later than ever, awaiting the proper sign to roll around again;

Following are gleanings from an old fashioned gardener who plants "in the signs" and always has garden if anyone has.   "Plant crops that grow above ground like cucumbers, melons, lettuce in the "twins" or "arms".

Plant flowers in the "Virgin" or "flower woman" and most anything, especially corn, in "Scorpio" or "the secrets."

The "Balances" or "forearms" is a good sign for pulp and root products; and fair for grain. 
Potatoes should be planted in "dark moon" when the sign is in "Scorpio," or "the feet, Pisces."
(Since St. Patrick's Day came on Sunday this year, I wondered how people who always plant potatoes on that day, managed.)
The "Bowman" is a good time to plant beans and all crops that produce above ground.
Never plant in the "Lion" or "heart" nor in the "Waterman (Aquarius)" as the seeds will rot: Kill weeds then.

Dark moon is from full Moon to month's end as I understand it."

NOTE:  Supposedly the plants can be affected by the light of the moon and the gravitational pull of the moon which also affects water.  Many people believed that planting "by the moon" or "planting by the signs". 

"Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full. Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again,"  according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.


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