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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.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Phases, signs for weekend

Killing sign on Memorial Day


Here’s this Memorial Day Weekend’s information for those of you planting your gardens and flowers by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. It’s hard to believe May is almost over!
The moon is in the dark phase now and will remain there through all but the last hour of June 4 when the new or light moon comes into force for two weeks beginning at 11 p.m. EDT. During this time, if you’re planting veggies, it should be those that produce beneath the ground.
Today (Thursday) and Friday find us at the end of our monthly stretch of so-so signs with Aquarius (the legs) in force and the moon, as I just mentioned, in the dark phase. These days aren’t the greatest according to the signs, but they aren’t destructive.
The best planting of this holiday weekend will be Saturday and Sunday when the sign is in Pisces (the feet), one of the four most fertile signs. On either of these days you may plant anything that produces beneath the ground.
Fittingly it would seem, this month that’s seen either killing signs or Ember Days in force for fully a third of it, concludes with the killing sign Aries (the head) ruling both Monday and Tuesday. As tempting as it will be to plant on the holiday, according to the signs I would resist the urge and wait until June 1 and 2 when the sign moves to Taurus (the neck), one of the four most fertile signs.
On Sunday I will be posting my monthly overview for June.




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Weekend phases and signs

Two more Ember Days coming


Here's this weekend's information on planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

The moon is in the light phase now but that will change Saturday when the full moon comes to rule at 5:14 p.m. EDT. The full or dark moon will then rule until the next new moon on June 4 at 11 p.m.

TODAY is the best day for planting we are going to see for a while. With the moon in the light phase, the sign is in Scorpio (the secrets). Today you may plant anything that produces above the ground if your area is safe from frost now - if there is such a place north of the Tennessee border!

NO PLANTING should occur Friday or Saturday since both are Ember Days and you don't want to plant on an Ember Day no matter what the phase or sign.

A series of so-so signs begins Saturday and continues through May 27. These aren't the best signs to plant in but they aren't the worst either - just so-so. While it won't be the best time for planting it will be a great stretch for making changes like weaning small animals or children, stopping bad habits or starting good ones, scheduling elective surgery- anything that requires a change.

If you're interested, the progressing is Sagittarius/legs through Aquarius/feet: dark moon/signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions like internal organs.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Phases, signs thru May 31

Best planting day this week is Thursday


Well, neighbors, we found last weekend here in central Kentucky at least that statistics are just that – statistics. This time last week we were saying the “statistical” danger of frost was in the past and then the bottom dropped out of the temperatures – at least the “bottom” for this time of year. I hope nothing you had planted was damaged if it did indeed frost at your place. And if tender plants were damaged or killed, thankfully there’s time to replant.
Of course, if you are somewhere that wasn’t impacted at all then consider yourself blessed.
As an added “curse” to the cold snap, the ground temperature will be lowered just a little because of the cool, cloudy days and the even cooler nights with the cloud cover persisting and temperatures in the 50s. But we shall buck it up and press on, knowing better days are ahead.
On the heels of the cold snap comes this week with three Ember Days! If it’s dry enough for you to be doing any planting and you are following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information. Just don’t do any planting on what’s left of today (Wednesday), Friday and/or Saturday; those are the Ember Days. In the midst of this conflagration comes Thursday, an outstanding day for any above-ground producers with the moon in the light phase and the sign in Scorpio (the secrets), one of the four most fertile signs for planting.

Moon and signs

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until the next full moon at 5:14 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 21 when the full moon comes to rule until the next new moon on June 4 at 11 p.m.
A look at the signs reveals, as I just mentioned above, there are three Ember Days this week – today (Wednesday), Friday and Saturday when no planting should occur no matter what the phase or the sign.
As a reminder, the absolute best planting day for above-ground producers will be Thursday while the moon remains in the light phase and the sign is in Scorpio. If the ground is dry enough, this is a perfect day for any and all above-ground producers and we’ll hope the frost is in fact over.
A series of so-so days begins Saturday and continues through May 27. In order they are Sagittarius (thighs, three days); Capricorn (knees, two); and Aquarius (legs, two days). These aren’t the most fertile days but not destructive either, just so-so. And at the beginning of the period the moon moves to the dark phase at 5:14 p.m. on Saturday, which thankfully is the last Ember Day.
The fertile sign Pisces (the feet) then comes to rule May 28-29 with the moon in the dark phase. On either of these days you may plant any below-ground producers.
Wrapping up the month while we are here, the month ends with the killing sign Aries (the head) ruling May 30-31. Just like on an Ember Day, no planting should occur. And just like that five months of 2016 is in the books!

Making changes

The period from May 22-29 will be a great stretch for making changes like stopping bad habits, starting good ones, weaning small children or animals, scheduling elective surgery – anything that requires making a change. The moon will be in the dark phase then and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions – thighs through feet. Just be underway by May 30-31 when the moon moves back to the head.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Weekend planting

Great weekend to plant flowers!

If you're doing any planting according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac - and I hope you are giving it a try until you become a believer if you aren't already - here's this weekend's information.
The moon is in the light phase for above-ground producers. It will continue in force until the next full moon on May 21.
NO PLANTING today or Friday, no matter the moon's phase. Both days are ruled by Leo (the heart), one of the two killing signs.
A series of flowering signs then begins Saturday and continues through May 18 - Virgo/bowels and Libra/reins. These are bloom days and great to get out your spring flowers. Try to avoid planting veggies, however, since they tend to spend more time blooming than setting fruit.
So, for this weekend ideally it's flowers!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Phase and Signs thru May 21

A lot of no-planting days ahead - alas


If it’s dry enough for you to be doing any planting and you are following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information. Remember this is written for U.S. Plant Hardiness Zone 6. Just adjust accordingly to wherever you are.

Moon and signs

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until the next full moon at 5:14 p.m. EDT on May 21. Throughout this period plant only those veggies that produce above the ground.

A look at the signs reveals that today (Tuesday) is ruled by the very fertile sign Cancer (the breast). If your ground is dry enough – or if that’s not a factor - then any above-ground producer planted today should do very well.

But that’s about it for fertile days for a while since Wednesday is the first of three days ruled by the killing sign Leo (the heart). Leo continues to be in force through May 13, which is Friday the Thirteenth! No planting while killing signs are in force – none!

When you do get the itch – and I’ve had it – to plant when a killing sign is in force because it’s a beautiful day, your ground is dry and the weatherman says rain is coming, your plants don’t fall over and die the next day or fail to sprout from seeds. 

They just don’t produce anywhere near as well as they would if they were planted in a fertile or at least so-so sign.

But whether or not to plant is, of course, up to you.

A series of flowering days begins Saturday and continues through next Wednesday, May 18. These are all bloom days and flowers planted when either Virgo (the bowels) is in force on Saturday and Sunday or Libra (the reins) rules May 16-18, should bloom and do so abundantly. The moon is in the light phase throughout this period.

I will give you my well-worn caution about planting veggies when flowering signs are in force: If possible don’t do it because plants are inclined to produce blooms in abundance and not as much of what you planted them for – like tomatoes, peppers, beans, etc.

Ember Days

I want to press on a bit more into next week, one that is cursed by three Ember Days right here in the middle of prime planting season. They occur on May 18, 20-21. Without getting into it, just avoid planting as you would avoid it when killing signs rule.
Three Leo days this week and three Ember Days next week! Are we lucky or what?



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Derby Weekend great for planting, too!

Get lots of your garden in the ground


Welcome to Kentucky Derby 142 Weekend! If you’re in Kentucky, then it ranks right up there with Christmas as a national holiday. It’s our Super Bowl and World Series and we celebrate it for two or more weeks before the Run for the Roses on Saturday.

And, of course, don’t forget to honor Mom on Sunday – right before or after you’ve planted some bush beans or half runners.

Along with being a great weekend for horse racing and all the attendant festivities, it is going to be a dandy for planting if you’re ground is dry enough. Just adjust this information to your planting and time zones.

Unless we experience a true weather anomaly, the statistical danger of frost and/or freezing weather should pass this weekend from planting zones 6 and 7 on south. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, most of Kentucky is in Zone 6a.

Read on and see how you can conceivably plant your entire garden if you’re in Zone 7 on south beginning Friday and continuing through May 10. It is one great stretch, particularly for above-ground producers.

The moon is in the dark phase now but that will change at 3:29 p.m. EDT Friday, May 6, when the new moon comes to rule, heralding two weeks of light moon until the next full moon at 5:14 p.m. on May 21.

Planting: Through lunch on Friday be planting only those veggies that produce beneath the ground. Then beginning after supper Friday and until the next full moon on May 21, only those that produce above the ground.

The fertile sign Taurus (the neck) rules Friday. Until lunch on Friday will be great for below-ground producers then beginning after supper Friday when the moon has moved into the light phase you may plant above-ground producers like the much-cherished tomato plant!

Good times continue Saturday and Sunday when Gemini (the arms) comes to rule. Gemini is the bean sign and beans planted when Gemini is in force and the moon is in the light phase should produce and do so abundantly. Old timers say beans planted in Gemini in the light moon will grow as long as your arms and continue to produce. Personally, I haven’t witnessed the first half of that equation but certainly have the second!

Still a doubter? Give it a try.

Great general fertile planting returns May 9-10 when the sign moves to Cancer (the breast) another of the four most fruitful signs. On either of these days you may plant anything that produces above the ground and not worry about frost and or freezing weather unless things get really weird.

Then you can take a rest from your hard work May 11-13 when Leo (the heart), the other killing sign, comes into force.

With seven days ruled by the killing signs Aries and Leo this month and an additional three that are Ember Days (May 18, 20 and 21), we have 10 no-planting days – almost a third of May’s 31 days! Two of the killing days have passed on May 3-4, but there are still eight to come. So, when there are good days like we’re going to have for the next few, take advantage of them if your ground is dry.