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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!




Monday, August 1, 2016

August Overview

Here’s my August 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.
Below I’ve included a bit about fall gardens, too. Here at the height of summer and the harvest season we have to be aware of what’s coming for our late plantings.
All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving and information is for USDA Planting Zone 6A. Just adjust accordingly to where you are.

The moon

August began – but just barely - and ends with the moon in the dark phase. The full – or dark - moon rules until 4:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 2 when the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky at first – comes to rule.
The light moon is in force until the full moon returns at 5:27 a.m. Aug. 18, and rules until the new moon at 5:03 a.m. on Sept. 1.
And can you believe it: Here we are already talking about September!
“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. See below, too, about perfect days for making changes.

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.
August begins with the killing sign Leo (the heart) in force so that is where we will begin, too. This month has far too many killing signs for me – five ruled by Leo and two by Aries (the head).
 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), Aug. 1-3, 29-30 and Aries (the head), Aug. 20-21.
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 Aug. 4-5 and 31; and Libra (the reins) is in force Aug. 6-8. There are six flowering days this month.
Fertile signs in order of appearance this month: Scorpio (the secrets), Aug. 9-10; Pisces (the feet), Aug. 18-19; Taurus (the neck), 22-23; and Cancer (the breast), Aug. 26-28. Nine days this month 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), Aug. 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), Aug. 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), Aug. 16-17. There are seven days in August ruled by the three so-so signs with the moon moving from the light to the dark phase on Aug. 18 at 5:27 a.m.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Aug. 24-25. Gemini is the “bean sign.” Both of these days are with the dark moon in force and we know beans produce above the ground. But if you want to take a chance, at least half the formula is right. Just remember beans love hot weather and are not frost resistant.

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 beginning Aug. 3 through Aug. 17.  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.
>The number of perfect days for making changes continues to dwindle. With the moon changing phases on the 18th at 5:27 a.m. that gives us most of that day and all of the 19th. The moon will then be dark and the sign in Pisces (the feet). Just be underway by Aug. 20-21 when Aries (the head) comes to rule. And remember: It only takes ONE DAY to start making a change.
So, if you have changes to make like weaning babies or small animals, scheduling elective surgery – not emergency surgery since that usually can’t be scheduled - stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program then you have a small window that is perfect this month.

Fall gardens

Throughout this column I’ve been mentioning fall gardens. I’m sure those of you who garden regularly know that of which I speak, but it never hurts to be reminded.
Of course if you’re in an area where the seasonal change isn’t as dramatic, then adjust accordingly.
Many of the same veggies we plant in the spring when the days are getting longer, the air and soil getting warmer, do well on the other end of the season as the days get shorter and the soil and air cool.
It may seem silly to talk about it now in the heat of summer but we just have to remember when they will be growing toward maturity and the average date of first frost is now less than three months (90 days) away.






Phases and signs thru Aug. 19

If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information. And again: be sure your planting now is with fall in mind.

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain in force until the next full moon on Aug. 18, 5:27 a.m. Until then plant only those veggies that produce above the ground – with an eye, or course, toward fall.

According to the signs, the killing sign Leo (the heart) rules through the rest of today (Wednesday).  Our monthly series of flowering signs begins Thursday with Virgo (the bowels) in force for two days followed by Libra (the reins) ruling Saturday through Monday. These bloom days will be good for some late summer flowers or perhaps early fall ones as we’re beginning to see mums here and about now.

Fertile planting for above-ground fall-producing veggies is on tap for Aug. 9-10, followed by our monthly series (Aug. 11-17) of so-so signs ­– Sagittarius/thighs through Aquarius/legs by way of Capricorn/knees. These continue to rule until the fertile sign Pisces (the feet) returns Aug. 18-19 with the moon moving to the dark phase on Aug. 18.

CHANGES: If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children then the only perfect days this month will be after 6 a.m. on the 18th and all of the 19th. You just need to get started on one of those days before the sign returns to Aries (the head) on Aug. 20.
But then it only takes one day to get started.

WEATHER: And if you’re interested in getting some idea about what the winter way, one of the popular folk methods is to count the number of fogs in August to see how many snows there will be in the fall.
One of my favorites is to look for woolly worms. Folk tradition has it the blacker the woolly, the harsher the winter will be. So, here’s to finding lots of brown woollies!






Monday, July 25, 2016

Signs, phases thru Aug. 8



If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information through Aug. 8. Unless you are in the deep south, be sure your planting now is with fall in mind.

The moon is in the dark phase now and will remain in force until the new moon on Aug. 2 at 4:45 p.m. During this time plant only below-ground producers. Then beginning Aug. 3 and until the next full moon on Aug. 18, only those veggies that 

According to the signs, the fertile sign Taurus (the neck) in force Tuesday and produce above the ground – with an eye, or course, toward fall.Wednesday for the rest of today (day) with the dark moon ruling. These are perfect days for planting below-ground producing veggies.

Gemini (the arms and the bean sign) rules Thursday and Friday. Now this is a perfect time according to the signs to plant beans but they, or course, produce above the ground and the moon is in the dark phase. At least half of the formula is right!

The month ends with the very fertile sign Cancer (the breast) in force on Saturday and Sunday. On either of these days you may plant any fall crop that produces below the ground.

August opens with the killing sign Leo (the heart) ruling through Aug. 3 and the moon changing phases on Aug. 2.

Our monthly series of flowering signs begins Aug. 4 with Virgo (the bowels) in force for two days followed by Libra (the reins) ruling Aug. 6-8. These bloom days will be good for some late summer flowers or perhaps early fall ones.







Friday, July 15, 2016

Phases, signs thru July 23

If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s information for this weekend and beyond.

Remember to keep an eye toward fall now as the days are starting, regretfully, to get a little shorter. We still have plenty of hot weather left but we must be aware of when veggies will be harvested so that we don’t lose them to an early frost.

The moon is in the light phase now and will continue there until the next full moon at 6:57 p.m. on July 19. Until then be planting only those veggies that produce above the ground, then beginning July 20 and until the new moon on Aug. 2, only below-ground producers.

According to the signs, what’s remaining of today (Friday) is ruled by the so-so sign Sagittarius (thighs). The so-so series continues through July 21 with another Sagittarius day Saturday followed by Capricorn (the knees), July 17-18 and concluding with Aquarius (legs) July 19-21. The moon moves to the dark phase on the 19th. By now you know that so-so signs are just that – so-so!

The next outstandingly fertile days will be July 22-23 with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Pisces (the feet). These would be great days for planting below-ground-producing fall crops.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

July phases and signs overview

Summer is here!


Here’s my July Overview containing all you need to know about planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. Remember all times are Eastern Daylight and planting is for USDA hardiness Zone 6b. Just convert accordingly to where you are.

The moon

July begins and ends with the moon in the dark phase. The full – or dark - moon rules until 7:01 a.m. EDT July 4 when the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky at first – comes to rule.
The light moon is in force until the full moon returns at 6:57 p.m. July 19, and rules until the new moon at 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 2.
 “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. See below, too, about perfect days for making changes.

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.
July begins with Gemini, the bean sign in force. There are, in fact, three remaining Gemini days this month.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules July 1-2, 28-29. Gemini is the “bean sign.” Alas, all of these days are with the dark moon in force and we know beans produce above the ground. But at least half of the formula is right! Typically, bush beans love hot weather and they only take 60 or fewer days from planting to harvest. So, if you love green beans – and who doesn’t – I’d be planting some on one or all of these days.
Fertile signs in order of appearance this month: Cancer (the breast), July 3-4, 30-31; Scorpio (the secrets), July 12-14; Pisces (the feet), July 22-23; and Taurus (the neck), July 26-27. Eleven days this month are ruled by the most 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: Leo (the heart), July 5-6 and Aries (the head), July 24-25. There are again just four days this month ruled by the two killing signs.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They are in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), July 15-16; Capricorn (the knees), July 17-18; and Aquarius (the legs), July 19-21. There are seven days in July ruled by the three so-so signs with the moon moving from the light to the dark phase on July 19 at 6:57 p.m.
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 July 7-9; and Libra (the reins) is in force July 10-11. 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 beginning July 4 through most of July 19 since the full or dark moon comes back into force late that day, beyond the time most folks would be pouring gravel. 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.
>The number of perfect days for making changes continues to dwindle, down to four from seven last month. Those four days are July 20-23, Aquarius/legs through Pisces/feet.
So, if you have changes to make like weaning babies or small animals, scheduling elective surgery – not emergency surgery since that usually can’t be scheduled - stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program then these four days are your best opportunities this month.




Monday, June 27, 2016

Signs and Phases for planting thru July 11

                                                                                                                               
If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information.

The moon is in the dark phase now and will continue there until the next full moon on Monday, July 4, Independence Day at 7:01 a.m. EDT. Through Sunday, be planting only those veggies that produce beneath the ground and then beginning Monday after lunch only those that produce above the ground with the light moon in force until the full moon at 6:57 p.m. on July 19.

According to the signs, what’s remaining of today (Wednesday) and all of Thursday are under the influence of Taurus (the neck) one of the four most fertile signs. On either of these days you may plant anything that produces beneath the ground.
Friday and Saturday find the sign moving the Gemini (the arms), the bean sign but with the moon in the dark phase. At least half of the formula is right if you want to plant some beans and see how they do.

Very fertile planting returns Sunday and Independence Day with the moon in dark phase Sunday and moving to the light phase early on Monday. Cancer (the breast) rules, which is good for below-ground producers on Sunday and then all above-ground producers on Monday.

All planting should cease July 5-6 when the sign moves to Leo (the heart), one of the killing signs. Reserve these days for killing, deadening, cultivating – anything but planting. These would be good days to catch up with some of those weeds that seem to plague our gardens at this time of year.

July’s series of flowering signs begins on the seventh and continues through the 11th featuring three days ruled by Virgo (the bowels) followed by two Libra (reins) days. Flowers planted on these days should bloom and do so abundantly.