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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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Weekend - and beyond - phases, signs

So-so signs on tap


For those of you planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for the next several days – including the weekend.
The moon is in the dark phase until 7:02 a.m. EDT June 20 when the full moon comes to rule, which is also the first day of summer. Through June 19 be planting only those veggies that produce above the ground and then beginning after 7 a.m. on June 20th, only those that produce beneath the ground until the next new moon Independence Day, July 4.
According to the signs, our monthly series of so-so signs begins Friday and continues through July 23 – Sagittarius/thighs through Aquarius/legs. As we know by now, these signs are neither overly fertile nor destructive – just so-so.
If, however, you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet, weaning babies or small animals, scheduling elective surgery – anything that features a change – the best days this month will be most of June 20-June 25 – Capricorn/knees through Pisces/feet. During this stretch the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.

Fertile days: For those of you wanting to plant some above-ground producers on what’s left of today, it’s a great one with the moon in the light phase and the sign in Scorpio, one of the most fertile signs. The next very fertile days after today will be June 24-26 when Pisces is in force with the moon in the dark phase.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Phase and signs through June 30

 Summer coming June 20

For those of you planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here's this week’s information.

The moon is in the light phase now for the planting of above-ground producers until 7:02 a.m. June 20 when the full moon returns. June 20 will also be the first day of Summer and the one with the most daylight hours.

According to the signs of the zodiac, Tuesday is the last day in a series of flowering signs with Libra (the reins) ruling. This is a blooming sign and flowers planted on Tuesday should bloom and do so abundantly.  Wednesday and Thursday find the very fertile sign Scorpio (the secrets) ruling. On either of these days you may planting anything that produces above the ground and expect, with proper care, whatever it is will produce abundantly.

“Proper care,” of course, means watering, fertilizing making sure the plants are pest free and so on. It doesn’t matter what sign or phase you plant in, if you don’t take care of the plants then they will not yield.

Our monthly series of so-so signs begins Friday and continues through June 23 with the moon moving to the dark phase in the morning on June 20. In order these signs are Sagittarius/thighs through Aquarius/legs. As I say each time these signs occur, they aren’t the most fertile but they aren’t destructive either – just so-so.

After Thursday, the next outstandingly fertile days ahead are June 24-26 when Pisces (the feet) is in force and the moon is in the dark phase.

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 involves a change – then most of the day on June 20 through June 26 is the time this month.

The signs are moving out of the body beyond anything that functions – specifically Capricorn (knees) through Pisces (feet). Just be underway by June 27-28 when the sign goes back to Aries (the head).

And since we’re here we might as well wrap the month up with June 29-30 when Taurus (the neck) is in force and the moon is in the dark phase. Taurus is one of the most fertile signs.



Friday, June 3, 2016

Phases and signs thru June 9

For those of you planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here's the information for the weekend thru next Wednesday, and a bit beyond.

The moon is in the dark phase until 3:29 p.m. Monday, June 6, which is good for below-ground producers. At that time the new moon comes into force for above-ground producers until 5:14 p.m. June 21 when the full moon returns.

The sign ruling today (Friday) and Saturday is Gemini (the arms), the bean sign. The moon is in the dark phase, however, and we know beans produce above the ground but at least half the equation is right.

The very fertile sign Cancer (the breast) comes into force June 5 and continues to rule through June 7. Thru 3:30 on June 6 the dark moon will rule for below-ground producers then the light moon takes over for all your above-ground favorites.

All planting should cease July 8-9 when the sign moves to Leo (the heart), one of the killing signs. Participate in any gardening activity but planting when either of the killing signs is in force, Leo or Aries.

Then we'll hit a stretch of flowering signs, Virgo and Libra, that will continue through June 14.

About flowers: I'm often asked if they should be planted in the dark or light of the moon and my answer is I don't think it matters unless you're planning to eat them. Obviously, it's best when the flowering signs Virgo or Libra rule, as they will June 10-14, but any other sign will do except the killing signs.

That said, you can plant flowers all weekend if you want.





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June phases and signs overview

June features many good planting days


Here’s my June Overview containing all you need to know about planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.
This information is written for where I live in Central Kentucky which, according to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is in Zone 6B and times given are Eastern Daylight. Simply look at the map to convert to your planting zone and, of course, you know which time zone you are in.
If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

The moon

June begins and ends with the moon in the dark phase. The full – or dark - moon rules until 11 p.m. EDT June 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 7:02 a.m. June 20, which is also the first day of summer and the one with the most daylight hours. The dark moon rules until the new moon returns at 7:01 a.m. on Independence Day, July 4.
“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 seven great days for making changes, albeit not as many as last month but still not too shabby.

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.
June begins – and ends - with the very fertile sign Taurus in force, so that’s where we will start, too.
Fertile signs in order of appearance this month: Taurus (the neck), June 1-2, 29-30; Cancer (the breast), June 5-7; Scorpio (the secrets), June 15-16; and Pisces (the feet), June 24-26. Eleven days this month are ruled by the most fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.
Extra info: Like last month, these are the absolute best signs to plant in, here’s how the moon phases match up for you to decide what to plant – and blessedly we aren’t cursed with three Ember Days as we were in May.
Dark moon: June 1-2, 24-26, 29-30 with Taurus (the neck) in force all of these dark moon days except June 24-26 ruled by Pisces (feet).  Light moon: June 5-7 (Cancer); 15-16 (Scorpio). If you’re keeping score, there are seven days ruled by very fertile signs when the dark moon is in force and five under the light moon. A lot of great days for planting so we will hope for dry ground and fair skies.
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), June 8-9 and Aries (the head), June 27-28. There are just four days this month ruled by the two killing signs, and that’s the minimum down from seven in May!
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They are in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), June 17-19; Capricorn (the knees), June 20-21; and Aquarius (the legs), June 22-23. There are seven days in June ruled by the three so-so signs with the moon moving from the light to the dark phase on June 20 at 7:02 a.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 June 10-11; and Libra (the reins) is in force June 12-14. There are five flowering days again this month.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules June 3-4. Gemini is the “bean sign.” Alas, there is only one hour (11 p.m.-midnight on June 4) when the light moon is in force and we know beans produce above the ground. But at least half of the formula is right!

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 June 5 through June 19 since the full or dark moon comes back into force in the early morning on June 20. 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 is dwindling now to seven down from 10 last month. These seven days - most of June 20 through June 26 – are for making changes when the moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, specifically Capricorn/knees 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 days are your best opportunities this month.
>If you are starting your own plants, remember: If the grown plant produces above the ground, plant the seed and transplant to peat pots when the moon is in the light phase and a fertile sign rules. The converse, of course, is true for below-ground producers: dark phase/still fertile signs.
Then when you plant in the garden follow the same formula. At that point you’ve done all you can do to ensure success – coupled with good gardening practices.