To make it easier, start by purchasing a lunar calendar or researching one on the internet. Some also provide the planets that travel through it, the times when it enters a new cycle, and the times when it is of course (times when the energy of the moon becomes unbalanced because of celestial transits).
So now let’s understand how this force works in our fields!?!
The four lunations exert four different forces, and thus, added by the influence of the transient planets ( constellations, signs ), where the lunations alternate, facilitate the flow of energy into every aspect of life on earth.
In the plant world, the flow of water within plants corresponds to our blood. And the moon rules these rhythms, directly influencing the plant parts.
At the roots, the waning moon favors the harvest when the sap of the plant is flowing harder downwards, as in potato, carrot, beet, cassava, ginger, saffron and yam crops. On this moon, the woodcutting is better because there is less sap flowing to the branches, making the wood dry better. During the waning moon is also the ideal time to prune branches and branches when the goal is to restrict, ie, when you do not want the propagation of new shoots. However, one should not prune this moon when the goal is to guide the growth and structure of a fruit tree, let alone a new plant that needs reinforcement (vitality) to grow stronger.
Take advantage of the waning yet to do pest control, as well as look for larva eggs and spray the plants against fungi. Seeds germinated at this stage of the moon are more resistant to rainy seasons because they are more fibrous.
For branches and leaves, the most crucial moon is the crescent moon, as these parts of the plant receive more energy at this stage. So this is the time for the harvesting of herbs to get the most spread of branches and leaves with the highest aromas, as well as the collection of lettuce, arugula, parsley, cilantro, chives, basil, oregano, rosemary, spinach, chard, and sugar cane. In the growing season, take the opportunity to sow plants with definite sowings, such as flowers and tiny seeds, such as carrots, radishes, beets, and cloves.
It is during the full moon that the sap of the flowers intensifies, being the period of most significant activity of the night pollinators. A good time to set up biological control traps and pest prevention and control such as spraying plants with foliar fertilizer to strengthen them and using natural remedies like Bach flower remedies. Seeds germinated at this stage, especially in the two days before the full moon, are more vigorous and resistant to drought periods.
At full moon, the energy of the fruit receives its highest flow. When harvested during this period, they retain more nutrients, making them last longer and tastier, but we must first know how to differentiate fruit from seed. The fruit is the part of the plant that contains the pericarp, known as the pulp, around a seed. Some examples: tomato, avocado, pumpkin, pepper, eggplant, lemon, orange, pineapple, acerola, cherry, and fig.
The seed is the grain, the part that contains the germ of the plant and is related to the new moon because of its ability to generate new plants, to contain within itself, as in the moon of this phase, the force of modern life — some examples of grains: corn, beans, rice, green beans, and peas.
The new moon is the promise of the news cycle, when what seems inert ( like the moonless sky and the self-enclosed grain ) is fueling itself for a fresh start. Good time to sow roots and ask the seeds to come with strength and joy. Time to plan the weeks ahead on the calendar and transplant the seedlings that have already exchanged their initial sheets for the final layers. Time to pay attention to watering and scarifying the soil to remove possible unwanted seedlings.
To conclude then, let’s now relate the four moons to the four elements and the four seasons so that when you are planting or harvesting, you can know the best day for each of these activities. If your lunar calendar also contains planets in transit, you can align them with the constellations, making better use of these resources. And this also applies to the control of weeds and infestation of caterpillars and other insects.
- New Moon, Winter, Seeds, Air, Germination, Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra;
- Crescent Moon, Spring, Branches, and Leaves, Water, Expansion, Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer;
- Full moon, summer, flowers and fruits, fire, heyday, Sagittarius, Leo, Aries;
- The waning moon, autumn, roots, earth, maturity, rebirth, Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus.
Now that you know-how about starting a little growing calendar?