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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 Overview

Here's the planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac overview for October. Remember all times given are Eastern Daylight Time.

October begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full (or dark) moon comes to rule at 6:51 a.m. Oct. 8. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all, anywhere, when one of the killing signs — Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) — rules.

The full or dark moon rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 5:57 p.m. Oct. 23. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through Oct. 7, then Oct. 24 until the full moon 5:23 p.m. Nov 6.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers most of Oct. 8 and until 5:57 p.m. Oct. 23.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

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), Oct. 24-25; Pisces (the feet), Oct. 5-6; Taurus (the neck), Oct. 10-11; and Cancer (the breast), Oct. 14-15. There are eight days this month (the minimum) ruled by the fertile signs —Pisces, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio.

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: Aires (the head), Oct. 7-9 and Leo (the heart), Oct. 16-18. There are six killing days ruled by either Aries or Leo. Don’t plant when these signs are in force. It's a good thing this isn’t a big planting month since there are almost as many killing as fertile days!

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so — and we have “plenty of so-so” this October and in November, too: Sagittarius (the thighs), Oct. 26-27; Capricorn (the knees), Oct. 1-2, 28-30; and Aquarius (the legs), Oct. 3-4, 31 and Nov. 1. There are 10 days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting your fall flowers — and you don’t need to worry about frosts or freezes since you’re likely not eating them and when the last freeze hits they’re done anyway. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Oct. 19-21; and Libra (the reins) is up for Oct. 22-23. Just like September, there are five flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Oct. 12-13. These are bean days but we are past the time to safely plant 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, Oct. 1 through most of Oct. 7 and Oct. 24 through most of Nov. 5. 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, most of Oct. 8 (after 6:51 a.m.) through most of Oct. 23 (before 5:57 p.m.) On the “most of” the actual time of the change occurs when it's still dark or almost dark — and there’s not much roofing done in the dark!

>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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

There are no days in October that perfectly fit the formula.

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 October that would be Oct. 1-6 (Capricorn through Pisces) and then Oct. 26-Nov. 3.

As you see, there are plenty of second-choice days: signs going out of the body past anything that functions with the light moon in force. Fifteen, in fact, if you count Nov. 3!

Cleaning up the garden

For those of you in the soon-to-be cold areas, here are some tips for winter.

Properly tucking your garden in for winter is almost as important as preparing it for planting in the spring, even if it’s not nearly as much fun! Spent plants can be cozy homes for all sorts of little nasties, so it’s best to get those plants off the garden.

Here are your options:

>First, leave the garden and its plants as they are and plow them under in the spring. Arguably, dead tomato plants hanging on stakes, like a field of vegetative scarecrows, aren’t too attractive but leaving them and other garden detritus is pretty easy to do also. This is the worst option — while the simplest — since those bugs and diseases don’t even have to move to overwinter!

>Second, mow down the plants and plow them under. Sounds like a good idea but, while a bit better than leaving them stand and a lot more sightly, it just gives the bugs and baddies a ride below ground where they hang out until next spring.

>Third, pull the plants up and get them off the garden spot, plant a cover crop of winter wheat or turnips, let that get established and then turn them under or wait until spring to do that. Result: nitrogen with no bugs!
The important thing, even if the plot stands barren over the winter, is to get the old plants off the garden and dispose of them. That is the only way to ensure bugs and disease don’t overwinter successfully — and even with that there may be some that hide out in the soil.

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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 2014 Overview

Here's the overview for the rest of September. My apologies for not getting it out sooner, but better late than never!

The moon

September began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full (or dark) moon comes to rule at 9:38 p.m. EDT Sept. 8. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all, anywhere, when one of the killing signs — Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) — rules.

The full or dark moon rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 2:14 a.m. Sept. 24. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through most of Sept. 8, then most of Sept. 24 until the full moon 6:51 a.m. Oct. 8.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers Sept. 9 through Sept. 23.  

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

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), Sept. 27-28; Pisces (the feet), Sept. 8-9; Taurus (the neck), Sept. 12-13; and Cancer (the breast), Sept. 17-18.

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: Aires (the head), Sept. 10-11 and Leo (the heart), Sept. 19-21.

So-so days: Here are the remaining two so-so days for this month. Most have already passed. Sagittarius (the thighs), Sept. 29-30.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting your fall flowers — and you don’t need to worry about frosts or freezes since you’re not eating them and when the last freeze hits they’re done anyway. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Sept. 22-23; and Libra (the reins) is up for Sept. 24-26. There are five flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Sept. 14-16. These are bean days but we are past the time to safely plant beans since they cannot stand cold weather or frost. But in a few months, believe it or not, we’ll be talking about planting peas in your very early 2015 spring garden.

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 through most of Sept. 8 and most of Sept. 24 through Oct. 7. Same applies forstones 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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

There is only one perfect day that fits the formula this month: Sept. 9. The moon will have moved to the dark phase on the 8th and the sign is in Pisces (the feet). It’s only one day, for sure, but it’s better than none — and we’re going to have a couple of months coming up where that will be the case — no absolutely perfect days.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August 2014 Overview

Here’s August’s information about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac as it pertains to planting and some other activities.

The moon

August begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon, which came into force July 26, will continue to rule until the full (or dark) moon comes to rule at 2:09 p.m. EDT Aug. 10. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all when one of the killing signs, Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) rules.

The full or dark moon rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 10:13 a.m. Aug. 25. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through Aug. 9, then Aug. 26 until 9:38 p.m. Sept. 8.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers Aug. 11 until the light moon returns at 10:13 a.m. Aug. 25.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

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), Aug. 3-4, 30-31; Pisces (the feet), Aug. 12-13; Taurus (the neck), Aug. 16-17; and Cancer (the breast), Aug. 20-22. There are 11 days 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: Aires (the head), Aug. 14-15 and Leo (the heart), Aug. 23-24. There are four killing days ruled by either Aries or Leo — and that, blessedly, is the minimum. Don’t plant when these signs are in force.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Aug. 5-7; Capricorn (the knees), Aug. 8-9; and Aquarius (the legs), Aug. 10-11. There are seven days this ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Libra (the reins) is up for Aug. 1-2, 28-29 while Virgo (the bowels) will rule Aug. 25-27. There are seven flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Aug. 18-19. These are bean days but we are past the time to safely plant beans since they cannot stand cold weather or frost.

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, Aug. 1-9 and beginning the afternoon of Aug. 25 through Sept. 4 so the gravel won’t sink. 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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

Here are your perfect days this month: Aug. 11-13. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body — one Aquarius day and two ruled by Pisces — since the other two, Sagittarius and Capricorn, are in the light phase. That are three full days this month — and late in the afternoon of Aug, 10, too — to start making changes or time to schedule elective surgery.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July 2014 Overview

If you’re planting your garden according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac — coupled with other good gardening practices of course — here’s the information for July.

The moon

As has been the case for the last several months, July begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon, which came into force 4:08 a.m. EDT June 27, will continue to rule until the full (or dark) moon comes into force at 7:25 a.m. July 12. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all when one of the killing signs, Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) rules.

The full or dark moon rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 6:42 p.m. July 26. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through July 11, then July 27 until 2:09 p.m. Aug. 10.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers most of July 12 (remember dark moon comes to rule at 7:25 a.m.) until the light moon returns at 6:42 p.m. July 26.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

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), July 7-8; Pisces (the feet), July 15-16; Taurus (the neck), July 19-21; and Cancer (the breast), July 24-26. There are 10 days 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: Leo (the heart), July 1, 27-28 and Aires (the head), July 17-18. There are five killing days — down from seven in June — ruled by either Aries or Leo. Don’t plant when these signs are in force.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), July 9-10; Capricorn (the knees), July 11-12; and Aquarius (the legs), July 13-14. Again this month there are just six so-so days — and that’s the minimum.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers — and we have a bunch of them in July. Virgo (the bowels), July 2-3, 29-31 and Libra (the reins), July 4-6. There are eight flowering days!

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force July 22-23. These are bean days but the moon is in the dark phase and we know where beans grow. But the good thing is that at least half the equation is good: bean sign but dark moon — and it won’t be too late in the summer for another planting of bush beans since for most varieties the time from planting to harvest is about 60 days, maybe less with the ground warm.

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, July 1-11 and July 27-Aug. 9 so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies forstones 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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

Here are your days this month: July 13-16. The “window” of opportunity is getting smaller now and will continue to do so for the next several months. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body — Aquarius and Pisces since the other two, Sagittarius and Capricorn, are in the light phase. That’s four days this month to start making changes or time to schedule elective surgery.

How to be in touch

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


>Call or text 502-682-5995 or call The State Journal at 502-227-4556.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.

>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 2014 Overview

Well, folks, there are no more weather cautions so it’s full speed ahead — except of course for wet ground and you don’t want to plant in that, or if you live in Canada.

If you’re planting or thinking about planting following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the overview for June. Remember if you have questions don’t hesitate to be in touch. My contact information is, as always, below.

All times given are Eastern Daylight.

The moon

The month begins with the moon in the light phase. It will continue to rule until the full (or dark) moon comes into force at 12:11 a.m. June 13. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all when one of the killing signs, Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) rules.

The full or dark moon rules most all but 11 minutes of June 13 and until the light moon comes back into force at 4:08 a.m. June 27. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force and those dates are is below.

Light moon: plant above-ground producers, through June 12 then most of June 27 until 7:25 a.m. July 12.

Dark moon: plant below-ground producers, all but 11 minutes of June 13 through June 26 — except June 29-30 since Leo rules.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

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), June 1, 27-28; Scorpio (the secrets), June 9-11; Pisces (the feet), June 18-19; and Taurus (the neck), June 22-24. Wow! There are 11 days 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), June 2-4, 29-30 and Aires (the head), June 20-21. There are seven killing days — up from four last month — ruled by either Aries or Leo. And that’s another “wow” because that’s a lot of days when you can’t plant!
 
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), June 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), June 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), June 16-17. There are just six so-so days this month — and that’s the minimum.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are four “bloom days” this month: Virgo (the bowels), June 5-6; Libra (the reins), June 7-8.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force June 25-26. These are bean days but the moon is in the dark phase and we know where beans grow. But the good thing is that at least half the equation is good: bean sign but dark moon.

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, June 1-12 and 28-30 so the gravel won’t sink. 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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

Here are your days this month: most of June 13 through all of June 19. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body — Sagittarius through Pisces. That’s seven days this month and that’s plenty of time to start making changes or time to schedule elective surgery.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May 2014 Overview

I hope your plans include doing your planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. And, this includes ALL planting — seeds, transplants and flowers; inside and out; truck garden or pot on the porch.

A recent poll shows gardening is at all all-time high, and that’s all types of gardening. Combining normally good gardening practices with planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac can make your good garden even better.

That said, here’s the overview for the month of May. All times given here are Eastern Daylight Time.

The moon

The month begins with the new moon in force and it continues to rule until the full moon at 3:16 p.m. May 14. The dark (full) moon will then will be in force until the next new (light) moon at 2:40 p.m. May 28, which will then rule until the full moon at 12:11 a.m. June 13.

When the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

And, of course, when it comes to planting, above-ground producers in the light moon and below ground producers when the dark moon rules.

Light moon: Though May 13, returning May 28.

Dark moon: All but four hours of May 15 through May 27.

We won’t deal with parts of days this month since the phase changes occur in the middle of the day.

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), May 3-5 and May 31; Scorpio (the secrets), May 13-14; Pisces (feet), May 22-23; and Taurus (the neck), May 26-27. There are 10 full 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), May 6-7; and Aries (the head), May 24-25. There are only four killing days this month, the absolute minimum and that’s what we need in the planting month of May since we have to have some — the absolute minimum!

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), May 15-16; Capricorn (the knees), May 17-18; and Aquarius (the legs), May 19-21. There are seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs, May 15-21. While not the best for planting, see below for what they are good for — especially with the dark moon in force.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are five bloom days this month: Virgo (the bowels), May 8-10 and Libra (the reins), May 11-12.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force May 1-2, 28-30. These are bean days and all are in the light of the moon. Five bean days with the light moon ruling: Neighbors, it doesn’t get any better than that if you love beans — and few don’t!

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 (through May 13 and from May 29 through June 12) so the gravel won’t sink. 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. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!

>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 are 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 again this month perfectly suited, May 15-23. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), Capricorn (knees), Aquarius (legs) and Pisces (feet) respectively. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin.

Monday, March 31, 2014

April 2014 Overview

Here’s an overview of the month of April according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. All times are Eastern Daylight Time, adjust according to your time zone.

The moon

The month begins with the new moon in force and it continues to rule until the full moon at 3:42 a.m. April 15.

The dark (full) moon will then be in force most of that day and until the next new (light) moon at 2:14 a.m. April 29 that continues to rule until 3:16 p.m. May 14.

When when the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

Light moon: Though April 14, returning April 29, 2:14 a.m.

Dark moon: All but four hours of April 15 through April 28.

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: Taurus (the neck), April 1-2 and 29-30; Cancer (the breast), April 6-7; Scorpio (the secrets), April 16-17; and Pisces (feet), April 24-25. There are 10 days again this month, ruled by the fertile signs —Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

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), April 8-10; and Aries (the head), April 26-28. There are six killing days this month, up from four in February.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), April 18-19; Capricorn (the knees), April 20-21; and Aquarius (the legs), April 22-23. There are six days this month ruled by the so-so signs, April 18-23.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are five bloom days this month: Virgo (the bowels), April 11-12 and Libra (the reins), April 13-15.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force April 3-5. While we are still a month out from bean planting, you can still plant peas. However, peas love cooler weather so I wouldn’t wait took much longer since hopefully it will be getting warmer soon.

Starting plants

If you’re starting plants for your garden, here are a few easy tips. For diagrams, enter “starting plants from seed” in your favorite search engine and you’ll fine plenty.

First, the plants need to be started about six weeks before they’ll go in the garden. Thus, plants started this week would be ready for planting around the second week of May.

Second, when you start them keep in mind the conditions under which they’ll be planted into the garden. For instance, will the danger of frost have passed for frost-sensitve plants to go our in the unprotected garden.

Third, follow the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac just as you would when planting a plant you bought at a garden store. The thing is, here you can control when the seed goes into the potting medium, when the seedling goes into the peat pot and, of course, when the plant is put into the garden.

When starting your own seed, the only thing you don’t know is the history of the seed. Being able to control 75 percent of the process is pretty good — seeding, transplanting to peat pots and transplanting into the garden.

There’s something very satisfying about starting your own plants and it’s easy enough to do. Just go online and use your favorite search engine to find “starting plants from seed.” You will get detailed information.

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 (through April 14 and from April 29 through May 13) so the gravel won’t sink. 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. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!

>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 are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have eight full days again this month perfectly suited, April 18-25. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), Capricorn (knees), Aquarius (legs) and Pisces (feet) for two days each. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin on the 18th, at least before the 26th.