More and more gardening enthusiasts refer to the lunar calendar of the year which they do not part with under any circumstances because it is for them an ally par excellence. It clearly indicates the work to be carried out on a day-to-day basis, in the vegetable garden, in the orchard and in the ornamental garden and the periods during which it is strongly advised not to plant, sow, harvest … But what can this lunar calendar contain and is it really useful to garden with the moon? Let’s see what is the impact of our natural satellite on plants and the best advice so that each lunar phase benefits our garden.
Gardening with the moon: the power of constellations
The twelve constellations in front of which the moon passes have a direct influence on this celestial object which revolves around our planet. They are grouped into four groups of three constellations, each having an action on one of the parts that make up a plant:
- Seeds / fruits.
The influxes of the different constellations are reflected by the moon which acts like a mirror on the earth. Thus, many phenomena are influenced by our natural satellite, and the best known of them is none other than the tide. It is therefore necessary to strictly follow the lunar calendar in order to garden and take full advantage of its efforts. Here are the effects of the different constellations on plants as well as the most favorable actions to which the gardener must devote according to the constellation.
The moon passes in front of the three constellations in affinity with the Earth : Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Seedlings and plantings of root vegetables benefit the most like radish, carrot, celeriac, parsnip, potato, turnip and many others. We therefore ensure a best harvest in good time.
During the root days, it is the time to work the soil, to hoe if the soil is dry, and preferably in the evening, and to water the soil copiously before sowing or planting.
The leafy days
Constellations Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces are in affinity with thewater. The influence is therefore perceived at the level of the foliage of plants, whether it is grass, trees and shrubs, plants with decorative foliage, leafy vegetables among which we find spinach, various salads, aromatic plants. … Seedlings are favored by the constellation Pisces and plantations by the other two.
It is also the lunar period during which the gardener must maintain the leafy vegetables, mow his lawn, harvest the green vegetables and trim his hedge.
Constellations Gemini, Libra, Aquarius are in affinity with the light and theair, which fully benefits the flowers, both in terms of aesthetics and fragrance. This category includes ornamental flowering plants but also plants grown in the kitchen garden whose flowers give rise to vegetables that we consume such as, for example, zucchini, cauliflower, Romanesco cabbage, broccoli cabbage, artichoke. …
For the gardener, it’s time to harvest aromatic plants that will keep their scents longer. He must also take advantage of these few days to plant flowering plants, hoe his beds and his vegetable garden in order to promote the absorption by plants of essential nutrients such as potassium and phosphorus.
Fruit / seed days
Constellations Aries, Leo, Sagittarius are beneficial to seeds, fruit trees, fruit shrubs as well as fruit vegetables because they are in affinity with one of the elementary elements: the fire. It symbolizes the heat that is absolutely essential for the fruits to reach maturity and obtain optimum results in terms of taste and also nutritional quality.
During fruit days, the emphasis is on shallow hoeing and planting of fruit trees. But this is also the best time to harvest fruit vegetables from the garden or those that have been grown in pots on the terrace, as well as fruits from the orchard.
The power of lunar revolutions on plants
Each synodic lunar revolution therefore corresponds to a 29-day cycle 12 hours 44 minutes 2.9 seconds and which comprises two identical phases in terms of duration comprising the new moon, the crescent moon, the full moon and the waning or old moon. Thus, during its rotation around the earth and according to its illumination by the sun, we can observe the moon under various aspects.
The first quarter appears when the moon is waxing and the last quarter when the moon is waning. But these are reversed phenomena depending on whether we observe the moon from the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere and it is quite complex for most of us to know exactly which phase of the cycle we are in. This is why we recommend to all those who wish to garden with the moon of get a lunar calendar every year.
This way, every day of the year, you can know exactly what gardening actions to take to get the best possible results. The root, leaf, flower and fruit / seed days are clearly marked there, as well as the full moon, new moon, rising moon and falling moon. But a lunar calendar also specifies the periods during which gardening is strongly discouraged. It’s about :
- Of the’apogee : the distance of the moon from the earth is maximum. The attraction exerted by the moon is very strong, which has the effect of promoting the degeneration (etiolation) of young seedlings, to make plants grow in height, and the vegetables tend to go to seeds.
- Of perigee : it is the moment of a lunation during which the moon is closest to the earth. It exerts a weak attraction detrimental to the growth of seedlings which, later, will become plants vulnerable to diseases or even to parasites and will remain stunted. The yield will therefore be low. Note that we name anomalistic lunar month the time that elapses between two perigee.
- Of moon knot : it occurs twice a month, when the plane of the ecliptic is crossed by the waning moon. For information, we call ecliptic plane the plane of rotation of the earth around the solar star. For vegetation, a lunar node represents a disturbance and affects both crops and seedlings. We therefore stop gardening 5 hours before a lunar node and we do not resume gardening until 5 hours after.
Finally, to garden with the moon you must also be interested in effects of increasing and decreasing phases on the plant world. For example, if the old or waning moon favors flavors, it is not conducive to the good conservation of crops. As for the waning phase, it is beneficial in terms of development, vitality, silt keeping, but also the harvested fruits as well as the vegetables and aromatic plants keep better.
A lunar calendar is a real wealth. First of all, we learn that we are very small in front of nature, and that trusting it is the first attitude to adopt. for gardening without chemicals. This is how we take care of our garden and more generally of the entire environment, since respect for ecosystems is immense. Gardening with the moon is a real Art of living which requires great involvement to understand the principle, but it also requires trading our bad habits for good ones.