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Friday, May 8, 2015

Questions and answers

What you asked ... how I  answered


Practically every day I get several questions for those who are following Planting by the Signs on the Internet or in print. Since others may benefit from the answers, I will try to do that here in my blog. I encourage anyone with questions to send them to me. If I don't have the answer, I will do some research and find it.

QUESTION: A reader asked if it's okay to plant melons and cucumbers when flowering signs are  in force.
ANSWER: No, unless you're planting them for the blooms, which I doubt. The blooming signs Virgo and Libra are about, well, blooming. I'll share a story with you:
Several years ago I man wrote to tell me about his experience planting cucumbers in a flowering sign. He said: "I had wonderful vines and the most beautiful blooms you've ever seen, just huge. But I never got a cucumber, not even one. Since then I've never cared about how pretty the vines or blooms were, since I wasn't planning to eat either!"
And there's your answer illustrated.

Q.: A reader said he accidentally planted some cabbage when killing signs were in force and wondered why they just didn't shrivel up and die.
A. I told him they weren't going to die, they just weren't going to produce as abundantly as they would have in better signs.
One year when it had been particularly wet, and against my better judgement, I planted four knockout rose bushes on a day when it was dry enough to plant but ruled by a killing sign because I needed to get them planted. Three of the four just set there and died later that year. The lone survivor passed away this spring.
Avoid planting when the killing signs Aries or Leo rule.

Q. A regular newspaper reader wrote to say I failed to mention when was the best time to wean small children or animals in the May Overview.
A. I told her that was "implicit" in the "making changes" section of that piece since it certainly involved making changes — especially for the baby or small animal. I promised, however, to be more specific in the future.
The best time for making changes like weaning is when the moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, specifically Sagittarius/legs through Pisces/feet. This month that stretch is through May 13. If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet ... weaning small animals or children.

Q. What does "bolt" mean with regard to vegetable plants?
A. I used that term in the May Overview and didn't take the time to explain. It's when a veggie stops producing and usually yellows, getting "leggy." It happens to our cool-weather crops like broccoli when the weather gets hot. Also, like every other living thing, a plant has a life span. And when that's coming to an end the plant just kind of "packs it in" and quits. And that's called "bolting."

Q. A reader asked if it was okay to transplant a tree now that's outgrowing its location.
A. The best time for tree planting and transplanting is in the the fall when growth has slowed yet there's time to establish new roots in its new location. I suggested waiting a few more months and not transplant here at the beginning of the rapid growth season.





Monday, May 4, 2015

Daily postings

Daily postings through May 12

I just prepared the daily postings through May 12. Coupled with the May overview they should be very helpful in planning your garden.


May 2015Overview


Here’s the May overview and my apologies for it being a few days late.

The moon: May began and ends with the moon in the light phase. However, the dark moon is in force now and will continue to be until the light moon — or no moon visible in the sky — returns at 12:13 a.m. May 18.
Dark moon: through May 17
Light moon: May 19 until 12:19 p.m. June 2
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting in flats, seedbeds, the garden — anywhere, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

The signs

Remember: Again, check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), May4, 30-31; Pisces (the feet), May 11-13; Taurus (the neck), May 16-17; and Cancer (the breast), May 20-21. There are 12 days this month ruled by the fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer — and that’s a lot of fertile days!
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aries (the head), May 14-15 and Leo (the heart), May 22-24. There are four killing days this month ruled by either Aries or Leo.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), May 5-6; Capricorn (the knees), May 7-8; and Aquarius (the legs), May 9-10. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule May 25-26; and Libra (the reins) rules May 27-29; and. There are five flowering days remaining this month.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force May 18-19. Both of these days are in the light of the moon and statistically past the danger of frost. So, if you love bush or pole beans then these are your days!

Ember Days

May includes a stretch of Ember Days at the end of the month. These are super killing days and all planting should be avoided if possible — and I would make it possible by not planting. They are May 27, 29 and 30 — two flowering days and a Scorpio day which, of course, is very fertile.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon. The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. That would be May 18 through June 1.
>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. Those days are May 4-17.
>If you have changes to make, then we have a good long stretch again this month, May 5-13. The moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, Sagittarius-Pisces/thighs through feet. There are nine days that fit the formula perfectly this month. Included among “changes” is weaning small children or animals since that’s definitely a “change” for them!
Other things that benefit include: starting a diet or exercise program, stopping smoking and scheduling elective surgery. Just ask yourself: “Does this activity involve some sort of change?” If the answer is “yes,” the dark of the moon when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions — thighs through feet — is the best time according to the phases and signs.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015 Phase and overview

April 2015 at a glance

For those of you gardening according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for the month of April. All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
April overview
The moon: April begins and ends with the moon in the light phase with the light moon ruling until 8:06 a.m. April 4 and then returning to force at 2:57 p.m. April 18. Between those dates — most of April 4 until just past noon April 18 — the dark moon is in force.
 “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting in flats, seedbeds, the garden — anywhere, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.
The signs
Remember: Again, check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), April 5-7; Pisces (the feet), April 14-15; Taurus (the neck), April 18-19; and Cancer (the breast), April 23-24. There are nine days again this month ruled by the fertile signs —Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aries (the head), April 16-17 and Leo (the heart), April 25-26. There are four killing days this month ruled by either Leo or Aries.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), April 8-9; Capricorn (the knees), April 10-11; and Aquarius (the legs), April 12-13. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. And if it’s blooms you like, then we have plenty of blooming days this month in two stretches. Virgo (the bowels) will rule March 31, April 1-2, 27-29; and Libra (the reins) is up for April 3-4 and 30. There are eight flowering days this month.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force April 20-22. Still a great time for planting peas with the moon in the light phase and for those of you willing to take a chance if the soil warms up some, you could try some early bush or pole beans knowing there’s a chance frost and/or a freeze could get them.
General tips
Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon. The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. That would be April 1-3 then April 19 through all but the last 18 minutes of May 3.
>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. In April that’s most of the fourth through the 17th.
>If you have changes to make, then we have a good long stretch again this month, April 8-15. The moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, Sagittarius-Pisces.
How to be
in touch
Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.
>Email pcase211@gmail.com, call or text 502-682-5995.
>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.
>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s March’s information. All times are Eastern Standard until March 8 when Daylight Saving Time returns!

Because I was late getting this posted, some days have already passed. Obviously, you can disregard them depending on the day this is finally up — and subtract them from the total for the month, too.

The moon

March begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules through the first 4½ days with the dark moon coming into force at 1:05 p.m. March 5.

The dark moon is then in force until 5:36 a.m. March 20 when the new moon returns on what will be the first day of Spring!

Then it’s back to light moon in force until 8:06 a.m. April 4.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), March 9-10; Pisces (the feet), March 18-19; Taurus (the neck), March 22-23; and Cancer (the breast), March 26-28. There are nine days this month ruled by the fertile signs —Scorpio Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.

Perhaps it’s just me since these zodiac things are fascinating, but Pisces and Taurus days occurred on the same days during the month of February — as do many of the other signs!

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), March 1-3, 29-30 and Aries (the head), March 20-21 (same as in February). There are far too many killing days this month, seven in all ruled by either Leo or Aries this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), March 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), March 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), March 16-17. There are seven days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule March 4-5 and 31 and Libra (the reins) is up for March 6-8. There are six flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force March 24-25. Still a great time for planting peas with the moon in the light phase but, or course, way too early for bush beans.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (check above). Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have nine full days this month that fit the formula perfectly, March 11-19. The moon is in the dark phase until March 18 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), March 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), March 14-15; Aquarius (the legs), March 16-17 and Pisces (the feet) March 18-19.

How to be in touch

Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.


>Call or text 502-682-5995.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.

>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s February’s information. All times are Eastern Standard.

The moon

February begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules not quite three days until the full moon comes into force at 6:09 p.m. Feb. 3 then returns with the new moon at 6:47 p.m. Feb. 18.
The dark moon is then in force Feb. 4 and until 6:47 p.m. Feb. 18.

 “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), Feb. 1, 27-28 (both Ember Days, see below); Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 10-11; Pisces (the feet), Feb. 18-19 and Taurus (the neck), Feb. 22-23. There are nine days remaining this month ruled by the fertile signs — Cancer, Scorpio Pisces and Taurus.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), Feb. 2-4 and Aries (the head), Feb. 20-21. There are five killing days ruled by either Leo or Aries this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 16-17. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Feb. 5-6 and Libra (the reins) is up for Feb. 7-9. There are five flowering days again this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Feb. 24-26. In very warm areas these will be great days for planting beans with the moon in the light phase and great days for peas in the cooler climes.

Time to plow

While the Cooperative Extension Service in these United States strongly disagrees with me, I endorse the notion embraced by those who know such things that plowing in January and February, no matter how wet the ground may be, is absolutely the best time.

There are reasons to the contrary so the call is up to you. On occasions when I’ve been able to get someone to plow for me during these months, it’s certainly worked fine and the soil is very crumbly all summer long.

That said, you have an entire month before you if you are so inclined.

Ember Days

This month features our first series of Ember Days, Feb. 25, 27-28, three days at the end of the month when no planting of any kind should be happening. These are supper killing signs and it’s just unfortunate that they hit on light moon days when Gemini (Feb. 25) and Cancer (Feb. 27-28) are in force.

Reserve these days for anything but planting — kind of like Aries and Leo days, only worse.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have six full days this month — up from two in December and four in January — that fit the formula perfectly, Feb. 12-17 and all but the last 5 hours of Feb. 18 when the moon moves to the light phase. The moon is in the dark phase until Feb. 18 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 14-15; Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 16-17 and until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, a Pisces (feet) day.

There will be even more perfect days in March.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s January’s information. All times listed are Eastern Standard.

The moon

January begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon comes into force at 11:53 p.m. Jan. 4 then returns with the new moon at 8:14 a.m. Jan. 20.
The dark moon is then in force Jan. 5 and until 8:13 a.m. Jan. 20.

Light moon: Through all but seven minutes of Jan. 4 then most of Jan. 20 until the full moon on Feb. 3 at 6:09 p.m.

Dark moon: Jan. 5 through all of Jan. 19 and a little of the 20th.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), Jan. 3-5 and 31; Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 13-15; Pisces (the feet), Jan. 22-23 and Taurus (the neck), Jan. 26-27. There are 11 days this month ruled by the fertile signs —Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio Pisces and Taurus.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), Jan. 6-7 and Aries (the head), Jan. 24-25. There are four killing days ruled by either Leo or Aries — and that’s the fewest there can be.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 16-17; Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 18-19; and Aquarius (the legs), Jan. 20-21. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Jan. 8-10; and Libra (the reins) is up for Jan. 11-12. There are five flowering days again this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Jan. 1-2, 28-30. These are bean days and all are in the light of the moon, which is perfect since we know where beans produce — above the ground! Since I have no idea where you live, if you are in a warm climate, then plant away. Of if you are in a cold place and your ground is ready, the Gemini days at the end of the month are possibilities for early peas.

Time to plow

For those of you in colder climes where winter is tightening its grip, you can at least start thinking about, planning for and even doing some preparation work for your 2015 garden. While the Cooperative Extension Service in these United States strongly disagrees with me, I endorse the notion embraced by those who know such things that plowing in January and February, no matter how wet the ground may be, is absolutely the best time.
My teacher said it’s the best “even if the water follows you down the furrow.”

There are reasons to the contrary so the call is up to you. On occasions when I’ve been able to get someone to plow for me in January or February, it’s certainly worked fine and the soil is very crumbly all summer long.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have four full days this month — up from two in December — that fit the formula perfectly, Jan. 16-19 since the moon is in the dark phase untilJan. 20 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan 16-17 and Capricorn (the knees),Jan. 18-19.

There will be more and more perfect days for the next several months.

If, however, those four don’t work for you, in my opinion, the alternative to “perfect days” are days when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, even if the moon is in the light phase. In January that would be Jan. 20-23, Aquarius/legs through Pisces/feet, four “second-tier days.”