Saturday, April 3, 2010

Plant Your Garden By The Moon and Stars!

In the early days, people believed that planting should be done by the moon and the Zodiac calendar. As early as 1300 B.C. there were planting charts based on the twelve signs, which later became the Zodiac.

Almanacs are still published today that recommend planting by the Zodiac calendar and the moon. While most of us just consider this a fun thing to read about, some still plant, cultivate and harvest their gardens according to the twelve signs and what stage the moon is in. Who knows, the relationship between the planets, sun, moon and nature may be more significant than we think. Our ancestors certainly believed it.

The following is a guide to planting according to the Zodiac calendar….

Plant during the fruitful signs – Scorpio (loins), Pisces (feet), Taurus (neck) or Cancer (breast).

Always set plants out in a water or earth sign – Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces.

Flowers should be planted in Libra, which represents beauty. Plant while the moon is in the first quarter.

Plow, till and cultivate in Aries.

A crop planted in Taurus or Cancer will withstand a drought.

Never transplant in Aries or Leo.

Plant things that yield above the ground during the growing of the moon, and plant things that yield under the ground during the decreasing of the moon.

Potatoes should never be planted in Pisces. The best time to plant potatoes is a dark night in March.

Never plant anything on the first day of the new moon, or on a day when the moon changes quarters.

If fruit is picked on the increasing of the moon or in the new moon, there will be more rotting. Pick fruit only during the decreasing of the moon.

All crops will keep better if picked during the decreasing of the moon.

Never plant on a Sunday.

Corn planted in Leo will have small ears.

Plant beans in Gemini.

Did the old-timers have it right? I guess the only way to know is to try it for yourself the next time you plant or harvest.

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