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.
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.
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.”
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!