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Monday, March 27, 2017

Phases and Signs for this week




Your spring garden
Here’s what can be planted – or re-planted - now and moving into early April as found in Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky, published by the University of Kentucky Extension Service and the UK College of Agriculture.
Now: spinach, radishes, peas, snow peas, onion sets, collards, radishes, rhubarb crowns, rutabaga, turnips, asparagus, beets, Irish potatoes, carrots, chard, kale, kohlrabi, onion seeds, parsley, parsnips, cabbage, leaf lettuce, lettuce head plants, Bibb lettuce plants, onion plants.
After April 5: broccoli plants, Brussels sprouts plants, cauliflower plants, celery
Everything listed, and there’s a lot listed, loves it when it’s cool - both soil and air – and tends to get a little surly when hot weather arrives. Note the operative word is “cool,” not freezing cold like we’ve just endured.
Caution: Don’t plant if the ground is wet, no matter the phase or sign.


Moon moves to light phase; three aspects of planting

Greetings, fellow gardeners! Spring has been here for officially almost a week and hopefully the weather will stabilize and we can get some planting done in those early gardens – or after the disastrous cold snap perhaps even some replanting!
          Before we begin, let me remind you that the size of your garden makes no difference. It can be a commercial garden or a few tomato plants or herbs in barrels. Everything can benefit from utilizing good gardening methods and simply enhancing those by planting in the proper phase of the moon and sign of the zodiac.
          A friend told me recently she is glad I’m back in the paper. “I don’t read your column and I don’t garden but I’m glad you’re back,” she said. She then admitted to putting out some tomato plants.
          I told her she could plant them according the phases and signs and expect a better yield. And that’s what I’m here to tell you – along with some other information from time to time.
          Today I will first give you this week’s information followed by a discussion about the three phases of planting: seeding in flats or peat pots, moving seedlings to peat pots if seeded in flats, and finally planting the seedlings in the garden.

          

Phases and signs

The moon is in the dark phase until 10:57 p.m. today when the new, or light moon, comes into force. Today is a “don’t-plant-a-thing-anywhere day” since the killing sign Aries (head) is in force, even though the moon is in the dark phase.
          Beginning Tuesday, it’s above-ground producers until the full moon at 2:08 a.m. on April 11.
          And, of course, anything you plant outside in the unprotected garden needs to be from the list above.
          A look at the signs reveals that the killing sign Aries continues in force on Tuesday but then it’s back to great planting for above-ground producers for Wednesday and Thursday with the sign in Taurus (the neck), one of the most fertile signs.
          March ends and April begins with Gemini (the arms) in force on March 31 and April 1 and the moon, of course, in the light phase. It’s too early for bush or pole green beans but these would be great days for peas, either a first planting or to replace any lost in the freezes.
          Looking ahead, the very fertile sign Cancer (the breast) rules next Sunday and Monday, April 2-3. These are perfect days for any of the above-ground producers off the list in the outdoor garden.
          Then it’s back to no planting anywhere with Leo (the heart) ruling April 4-6. Leo and Aries are the killing signs.


Elements of planting

          I wrote about this a few weeks back, but a reader’s question caused me to think maybe I didn’t make myself perfectly clear – if that is ever possible in print!
          Her question was, and I paraphrase: “Is it okay to plant seeds in flats on Ember Days?”
          First, it’s not okay to plant anything anywhere on Ember Days!
I assumed from the question she had done some seeding on the Ember Days in March and was looking for absolution, which I could not give. I told her the seeds would germinate and grow, they just won’t be nearly as productive having been planted on an Ember Day.
          And that leads me to review: Assuming you aren’t saving your own seed from year to year, there are three elements to growing transplants for your garden.
They are: 1) seeding in flats or peat pots; 2) transplanting to peat pots – you eliminate the first step here by just planting in peat pots in the first place; 3) and transplanting to the garden.
As simply as I can say it, the best scenario is to complete each step based on: 1) where what you eat grows; 2) in the right phase of the moon and 3) in a fertile sign of the zodiac preferably (I tell you that every week), but definitely not a killing sign, Aires or Leo, or on an Ember Day.
Here’s an example: If what you are going to eat develops above the ground – like broccoli – then from seed flat to garden, all the steps, are ideally accomplished with the light moon is in force (new moon to full moon) during a fertile sign.
Some veggies are just best seeded directly into the garden, like beans. That’s accomplished during the light phase of the moon because beans produce above ground and when the sign is in Gemini (the arms), the bean sign, after all danger of frost has passed.
Most root crops – potatoes, radishes, onions, etc. – are planted directly into the garden. If, however, you are raising transplants then: dark moon/fertile sign.
Another example: If you are growing your own tomato plants from seeds: light phase of the moon/fertile sign – seeding, peat pot and transplant after all danger of frost has passed.
Plug into that formula whatever your chosen veggie and you will know when to do what. It all begins with the simple question: Where does what I’m going to eat grow?
If you have questions or need more clarification, here’s how to reach me.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March moon phases, zodiac signs

Phases and signs


With the weather we’ve been having, at least here in central Kentucky, it seems as if gardening season is in full swing. Just don’t get too excited and start planting things that don’t like cool ground and weather and can’t withstand the inevitable frost and/or cold snaps we are bound to have before warm weather settles in.
And as a reminder, this information is written for gardening in USDA Planting Zone 6B since I can’t write about every zone and here’s where I live and garden! I know those in the south are planting tomatoes – while those in the north are still shoveling snow.
Just check the USDA website for your planting zone and adjust for where you are. The phases and signs are the same; the weather isn’t.
All times given are Eastern Standard, changing over to Eastern Daylight on March 12. Winter is about over - I hope.
One caution before we begin: This month features this season’s first series of Ember Days. They are: March 8, 10-11. These are super killing days. Don’t do any planting on Ember Days.
And to make planting matters worse, in addition to being an Ember Day, the 8th is ruled by the killing sign Leo (the heart). On that day, I would recommend just staying on the porch; better still, in the house!
My garden: This year I have made arrangements with a neighbor to put out a big garden – “big” by my recent standards – on a vacant lot he owns. Everything will be planted according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. I will report the progress on my gardening Facebook page, Planting by the Signs, and my blog.

The moon

      Like the last several months, March begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 10:54 a.m. on March 12 (the day the time changes) and then returns at 10:57 p.m. on March 27, continuing until full moon on April 11 at 2:08 a.m.
      The dark moon thus rules about the last half of March 12 and all but the last hour of March 27. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
      “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, 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.
      Like February, March begins with a killing sign in force, so that’s where we will begin, too.
      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), March 1, 27-28; and Leo (the heart), March 8-9. There are five killing days in March, the three Ember Days, and one normal killing day that’s an Ember Day too – March 8!
        Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Taurus (the neck), March 2-3, 29-30; Cancer (the breast), March 6-7; Scorpio (the secrets), March 15-16; and Pisces (the feet), March 25-26. There are 10 days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer – and that’s about a third of the month.
          All four of the Taurus days and the Cancer days are when the light moon rules. The dark moon is in force for the Scorpio and Pisces days. What a mix!
     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules March 4-5, 31 and April 1. Gemini is “the bean sign,” and while it’s way too early for bush beans (I like to wait until after Mother’s Day), these are perfect days for planting peas – maybe not as perfect as in February before Presidents’ Day, but pretty good. All of them are while the light moon is in force.
     Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules March 10-12; and Libra (the reins) is in force March 13-14. There are five flowering days again this month. The 10th and 11th are both Ember Days, so don’t plant flowers or anything else on those days.
     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), March 17-19; Capricorn (the knees), March 20-21; and Aquarius (the legs), March 22-24. We have eight days this month ruled by the so-so signs. All of them are when the dark moon is in force and that makes them perfect for making changes, too.

March tips

      Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through all of March 11 and then beginning March 28 through April 10. The 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.
      >Making changes: We continue to get more perfect days each month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
     Those days are March 17-26, 10 perfect days and that’s approaching the maximum. No need to break them down again since you have that above, they encompass Sagittarius (thighs) on March 17 through Pisces (feet) day on March 26. The moon is in the dark phase the entire time and the signs are going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
      If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days, 10 of them!

       


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Overview

Phases and signs for February


Gardening season is getting ever closer and I hope you’re making plans for – or at least thinking about – you summer garden, be it a half acre or a few tomato plants by the porch.
          While it’s still too early to be planting outdoors (except for peas), it won’t be long until we can talk about those veggies that love cold weather. While my focus is about enhancing good gardening practices through planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, I’m glad to entertain your general gardening questions in addition to those about phases and signs, and if I don’t know the answer then I will find someone who does.
Now, here’s my February Overview. All times given are Eastern Daylight Time.

The moon

      February begins and ends (barely) with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 7:33 p.m. on Feb. 10 and then returns at 9:58 a.m. Feb. 26, continuing until full moon on March 12 at 10:54 a.m.
      The dark moon thus rules all of Feb. 11 through all of Feb. 25. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
      “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in if you are planting in a green house.

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.
      February begins and ends with a killing sign in force, so that’s where we will begin, too.
      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), Feb. 1, 27-28; and Leo (the heart), Feb. 9-10. There are five killing days in February.
        Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Taurus (the neck), Feb. 2-3; Cancer (the breast), Feb. 7-8; Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 16-17; and Pisces (the feet), Feb. 25-26. There eight days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. That number, for those of you counting and trying to understand, is the absolute minimum – two days for each of the four fertile signs.
     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Feb. 4-6. Gemini is “the bean sign,” and while it’s way too early for bush beans, these are perfect days for planting peas. According to the believers, peas need to be in the ground before Presidents’ Day, which is Feb. 20. Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.
     Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Feb. 11-12; and Libra (the reins) is in force Feb. 13-15. There are five flowering days again this month.
     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 18-20; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 21-22; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 23-24. We have seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs.

February tips

      Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
      >Plowing your garden: You can plow now thru the end of February, even if the ground is wet. Just get it done by March 1.
      >Pruning fruit trees: A friend of mine who’s an outstanding gardener reminded me the other day that February is the best time to prune fruit trees. The Farmers’ Almanac says the best days during the month will be Feb. 16-17, 21-22. Just don’t prune when the killing signs are in force unless, of course, you are trying to kill the tree.
      >Sowing seed: While there is some disagreement on this, I’m a proponent of the notion that the best time to sow grass in the pasture or yard is when the moon is in the dark phase during February and, preferably, a fertile sign is in force.
      Those days this month would be Feb. 10-25 while the moon is in the dark phase and the absolute best days are Feb. 16-17 with the sign in Scorpio (the secrets), one of the most fertile signs, and Feb. 25 with the sign in Pisces (the feet), another very fertile sign.
      Those three days are the best but[PC1] [PC2]  you can sow seed any other day during the stretch except Feb. 10 when the sign is in Leo (the heart), one of the killing signs.
      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through the daylight hours on Feb. 10 and then after 10 a.m. on Feb. 26 through March 11. The 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.
      >Making changes: We are getting more perfect days each month now that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
     Those days are Feb. 18-25, eight perfect days. No need to break them down again since you have that above, they encompass Sagittarius (thighs) through the first Pisces (feet) day on Feb. 25. Remember the moon moves to the light phase on Feb. 26, and while that day is still ruled by Pisces, which makes it okay but not as good as the previous eight, be underway before Feb. 27 when Aries (the head) returns and rules through March 1.
      If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Overview


          Welcome to 2017! I hope your holiday celebrations were all you expected – perhaps even more. Here’s my January Overview.

The moon

      January begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 6:34 a.m. EST on Jan. 12 and then returns at 7:07 p.m. Jan. 27, continuing until full moon on Feb. 10 at 7:33 p.m.
      For most of Jan. 12 and until just past 7 p.m. Jan. 27, the dark moon rules. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
      “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in if you are planting in a green house.

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.
      January begins with the final in a series of so-so signs that began in December, so that’s where we will begin, too.
     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order this month: Aquarius (the legs) is up first, Jan. 1, 27-28; Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 22-23; and Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 24-26. We have eight days this month ruled by the so-so signs, down from 11 in December.
     Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Jan. 2-3, 29-30; Taurus (the neck), 6-7; Cancer (the breast), Jan. 10-11 and Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 19-21. There are 11 days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. Of the 11, only the three Scorpio Days (Jan. 19-21) are under the influence of the dark moon, the rest are during the light moon.
 I only hope we have this many fertile days during the peak planting months!
     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), Jan. 4-5, 31; and Leo (the heart), Jan. 12-13. There are five killing days in January.
     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Jan. 8-9. Gemini is “the bean sign” that’s good for peas, too.
     Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Jan. 14-16; and Libra (the reins) is in force Jan. 17-18. There are five flowering days again this month.

General tips

      Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
      >If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Jan. 11 and then Jan. 28 through most of Feb. 10 when the full, or dark, moon returns. The 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.
      >Making changes: We are getting more perfect days this month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
     Those days are Jan. 22-26 and up until 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, FIVE of them and a piece with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) on Jan. 22-23, Capricorn (the knees) Jan. 24-26 and Aquarius (the legs) on the 27th. Remember the moon moves to the light phase a little past 7 p.m. on Jan. 27.

      If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Phases and Signs

Here’s my December Overview containing all you need to know about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

The moon

 December began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 7:06 p.m. EST on Dec. 13 and then returns at 1:53 a.m. Dec. 29, continuing until the first full moon in January of 2017.
For most of Dec. 13 and through all of Dec. 28, the dark moon rules.
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, 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.
December began and ends with so-so signs ruling, so that’s where we will begin, too.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order: Capricorn (the knees), Dec. 28-29; Aquarius (the legs), Dec. 3-4, 30-31; and Sagittarius (the thighs), Dec. 25-27. If you like so-so signs, we have plenty in December - a total of 11.
Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Dec. 5-7; Taurus (the neck), 10-11; Cancer (the breast), Dec. 14-15 and Scorpio (the secrets), Dec. 23-24. There nine days this month ruled by the four most fertile 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: Aries (the head), Dec. 8-9 and Leo (the heart), Dec. 16-17. There are four killing days in December.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Dec. 12-13.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Dec. 18-19; and Libra (the reins) is in force Dec. 20-22. There are five flowering days this month.

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules until 7:06 p.m. on Dec. 13 and then most of Dec. 29 until the full moon on Jan. 12. The 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.
>Making changes: Finally, we are getting some perfect days this month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
Those days are Dec. 25-28, FOUR of them with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) on Dec. 25-27 and then one day in Capricorn (the knees). This is the largest number of perfect days we’ve had for making changes in months!
 If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!
And the good thing is, with this pattern developing there will be even more perfect ones in January – the month when everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions!



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November Overview

My apologies to be running behind with posting my November Overview containing all you need to know about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Remember that times here are Eastern Standard.

The moon

 November began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 8:52 a.m. on Nov. 14 and then returns at 7:18 a.m. Nov. 29, continuing until the full moon at 7:06 p.m. Dec. 13.
For most of Nov. 14 and through all of Nov. 28, the dark moon rules.
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, 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 indoors or out, or other activities.
Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Nov. 8-9; Taurus (the neck), 12-13; Cancer (the breast), Nov. 16-17 and Scorpio (the secrets), Nov. 26-27. There eight days this month ruled by the four most fertile sign, the absolute minimum.
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), Nov. 10-11 and Leo (the heart), Nov. 18-20. There are five killing days in November.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Nov. 14-15. Gemini is the “bean sign.”
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting 

flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Nov. 21-22; and Libra (the reins) is in force Nov. 23-25. There are five flowering days this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Since the month began with seven straight, there are only three left, Nov. 28-30, when Sagittarius (the thighs) is in force.
General tips
Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Nov. 13 and then most of Nov. 29-Dec. 13.  The 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.
>Making changes: There is one day this month that fits the formula perfectly for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
That day is Nov. 28 with the moon in the last day of the dark moon and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs). If you are looking for a perfect day to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then this is your day!
In my opinion, second best stretch will be Nov. 29-Dec. 7 with the moon in the light phase but the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.



Friday, September 2, 2016

September 2016 Overview

Here’s my September overview containing all you need to know about planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

The outdoor planting season is pretty much done in my neck of the woods, Zone 6B, but it may not be in yours. Just check and see what you can still plant – and for anyone reading this in the Southern Hemisphere, your planting season is just cranking up.

All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

The moon

Technically, September began with the dark moon in force, but only for the first five hours and three minutes with the new moon having come to rule at 5:03 a.m. Sept. 1. We actually have two new moons in the month, the second being on the last day of the month, Sept. 30 at 8:11 p.m.

How about that for an unusual occurrence?

The light moon is in force until the full moon at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 16, and rules until the month’s second new moon at 8:11 p.m. on Sept. 30.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, 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.

September began with and ends with flowering signs, so that’s where we will begin, too.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. If you plant on these bloom days and take care of the flowers, you will have a real show. Virgo (the bowels), rules Sept. 1, 27-29; and Libra (the reins) is in force Sept. 2-4 and 30. There are eight flowering days this month.

Fertile signs: Scorpio (the secrets), Sept. 5-6; Pisces (the feet), Sept. 14-16; Taurus (the neck), 19-20; and Cancer (the breast), Sept. 23-24. Again this month, nine days are ruled by the most fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They are in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), Sept. 7-9; Capricorn (the knees), Sept. 10-11; and Aquarius (the legs), Sept. 12-13. There are seven days in September ruled by the three so-so signs. All are in the light of the moon.

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), Sept. 17-18; and Leo (the heart), Sept. 25-26. Only four killing days this month, down from seven or eight in August!

Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Sept. 21-22. Gemini is the “bean sign.”

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Sept. 15. The 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. Originally that applied to cedar shakes, and still does, but it is just as valid for modern asphalt roofs since we want them to adhere to the sheeting below.

>There is only a portion of Sept. 16 that is perfect for making changes this month and that just from 3 p.m. until midnight when the moon is in the dark phase and the sign is in Pisces (the feet). The other three perfect signs -Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius - are when the moon is in the light phase.

That said, if you have changes you can choose when the moon is in the dark phase, Sept. 16-29, or when the signs are going out of the body in Sagittarius (thighs), through Pisces (feet) when the moon is still in the light phase but moving toward the dark moon on the 16th.

That sequence would be my choice, Sept. 7-16.

The moon is in the dark phase beginning late on the 16th, as we have established­­ but on the 17th the sign moves to Aries (the head).

See you next month!