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Easy Gardening by the Moon April 11, 2007

Posted by Kerry in Astrology.

This lack of water has made us realise our gardens are in trouble. So perhaps we should think about working in harmony with the plants natural rhythm as shown by the moon. Now I believe in keeping things simple. This is the KISS method (keep it simple sweetheart) of lunar gardening. So first I will tell you two simple rules and then the two simple exceptions to the rules! Then we watch our gardens grow. All you will need is a moon calendar.

Rule 1. The Moon Phase

When the moon is getting bigger, known as waxing, the life force or energy is going into the growing phase. So its time to plant seedlings, apply foliage fertilisers, prune to stimulate growth and basically any activity where you want growth, more foliage and general expansion.

When the moon is getting smaller, known as waning, the life force or energy is going into the roots. Now its time to apply organic manure, plant root crops, prune to retard growth, kill weeds and pests, cultivate and strike plants that need a period of dormancy before they grow.

Rule 2. The Moon Sign

The moon moves through the zodiac and is in each sign for about 2 to 3 days. Some signs are fertile and some are barren. I am keeping this simple so we won’t worry about semi-fertile or semi-barren.

If the moon is in earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), or water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces), it is thought they are fertile. And if the moon is in fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) or air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) then they are considered to be barren signs.

Just think literally – real earth and water are ideal places to grow plants and thus should be fertile. While fire is hot and burns, and air blows the dust around so these should be barren. But! ……….. see exception 1 and 2. 

Exception 1. Libra is a air sign but it is fertile

The air sign Libra should be barren but is really semi fertile. Why? – because Libra is concerned with balance and harmony. So plants want to grow and bloom and be beautiful.

Exception 2. Virgo is an earth sign but it is barren

The earth sign Virgo should be fertile – but is actually barren. Why? – because Virgo is symbolically the untouched ideal, and thus very fussy. And being a Virgo I must admit we are just a “tiny” bit – OK OK – a “lot” critical.  So Virgo is not a good time to plant. These plants will find everything too wet, not wet enough, too dry, too cold, too…………… Get the idea? 

 { Simple Summary

So plant when the Moon is waxing or getting bigger and if its in the fertile signs of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

And cultivate when the Moon is waning or getting smaller and in the barren signs of Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, and Aquarius.

All the best in your garden

Yours in the heavens


Never fear shadows. They simply mean that there’s a light somewhere nearby.– Ruth E. Renkei

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