Knowledge from Olle Garden Bed: Guide Your Gardening With The Moon

The gardening of the elements of the moon or the Chinese zodiac is a whole gardening process, which makes our gardening practice rooted in our ancestors' path. Even in our modern times, we have the opportunity to follow the tradition that has been practiced for centuries. However, despite its long history, the moon was used to determine when plants and other horticultural practices had disappeared as a result of modernity and industrialization. But now is the time to revive! The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

As I discussed in this article, there are many different ways that you can use celestial guidance to help your garden. At first glance, the moon or the ecliptic

How the Moon Affects the Garden

Just as the moon is responsible for tides, the moon attracts water in soil, plants and seeds. The moon also affects the amount of light in the garden. Moon gardening just includes knowing which phase the moon is in, understanding how it affects the gravity of water, and using this information to understand what gardening tasks to undertake.

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How to know which moon phase we are in

Can you imagine how powerful it would be to know in essence which phase of the moon we are in? Like our ancestors did by simply gazing into the night sky? Most of us know when the moon is full, because she stands in the sky bright, but what about other more subtle aspects?

This is what I try to cultivate in my own life. However, because of the city lights, buildings block the moon, or just have no time to stand outside at night, I often do not know. At that time, we had the reminder of modern technology.

Detailed lunar calendar is available online and in print. These provide stage information and zodiac signs, as well as detailed garden tasks.

However, if you are just getting started, the base calendar can also be used. Most paper calendars list the full moon, new moon, and first quarter moon.

Use the moon phase to determine the best planting day and other garden tasks

New moon

The ancient Greeks believed that the new moon was a time of birth and rebirth, because the moon and the sun were combined in the same part of the sky. During the new moon, greed from the moon is pulling up water, which helps germinate. This stage is the best time to plant ground crops, which produce seeds in addition to fruits, such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage and grains.

Waxed Moon (Q2)

Increasing the light from the growing moon will help the leaves grow. This is the best time to plant ground crops that produce seeds inside fruits such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes.

Full moon

At this stage, the energy is consumed. After the moon reaches its peak, the light starts to decrease, which is conducive to root growth. Grow root crops such as beets, carrots, onions, and potatoes. This is also a good stage for transplanting any type of plant.

The Moon Decline (Season 4)

This is the time for rest and maintenance. Weeding, pruning, fertilizing and grafting in this month. In the last few nights of this season, when the sky seems to have no moon, it is a fallow period.

This means that old things die before new ones begin. If possible, it is better not to do garden work at this time.

Use the Earth's daily cycle to determine the best planting day and other garden tasks

Some people realize that the earth has a cycle of breathing in and breathing out.

In the morning, the earth exhales, causing juice and water to rise. This is the best time to harvest the plants on the ground that we eat.

For example, lettuce is full. This is also the best time to apply foliar feed and spray.

At night, the earth breathes in, sucking the juice into the roots and soil. This is the best time to sow, harvest root crops, dig, prepare for planting and spread compost.

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Use the moon path to determine garden activities

Some gardeners do not follow a single phase of the moon, but note its path and whether it is considered to rise or fall. When the moon revolves around the earth, it moves between the northern and southern hemispheres. This is also known as ascending and descending satellites.

During the moon's rise, the moon moves over the ellipse and is high in the sky. On the rising moon, the juice of plants is drawn out. This is the best time to harvest non root crops, sow ground crops, watch for slugs and other pests, and cut and graft plants.

As the moon descends, it moves below the ellipse, low in the sky. On the falling moon, the juice in the plants is pumped away. This is a good time to transplant or sow root crop seeds, weed, feed soil, trim and mow grass.

Use the element day and zodiac calendar to determine the best planting day and other garden tasks

This gardening practice is rooted in astronomy (not astrology) and is one of the guiding principles of biodynamic gardening. This practice is not to look at the moon, but to look at other celestial bodies to determine the best planting day.

The working principle of the planting calendar of the Chinese zodiac

During its orbit around the earth, the moon passes in front of all the zodiacal constellations. This alignment is used to guide the best planting date, harvest, etc. As we know from the horoscope, each constellation belongs to one element: earth, water, air or fire. For example, my sign Pisces is a water sign.

Elements and constellations:

The root is related to earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

The leaves are related to the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Flowers are associated with Air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

Fruits and seeds are related to Fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

For example, eggplant (a fruit) will be planted in a fire sign, such as Libra. Carrots (roots) will be planted in Earth constellations, such as Taurus.

So, is this important?

This is always a problem, isn't it, when exploring the invisible things. Some people tout that plants will do better when they are sown at the right stage and at the marked time. They show that growth increases, elasticity to pests is better, the harvest is greater, and it takes longer to sow.


However, in my opinion, the practice with such a deep foundation must have a certain value. At least, this is an opportunity to slow down, have an intention of what you are doing, and observe the natural circulation around us!