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Introduction to gardening by the moon

For those of you who know anything about astrology profiles, I am a Taurus. For those of you who know nothing about astrology profiles, I am a Taurus.”The” fixed earth sign. May born- meaning: strong, dependable, reliable, hard working outdoor people who enjoy doing things with their hands. If you are a person who poo-poo’s astrology profiles, chances are better then not, you might be a Taurus as well. You might want to check. Anyway, whatever your astrology sign is, at least hear me out on this one.
I garden by the moon. I have not always gardened by the moon, but since I started, things have gone much easier for me. I like easier. I am not talking about any kind of magic or the occult, I am talking about the moon’s gravitational pull on the earth and the effect it has on bodies of water and the tides. Most surfers and sailors already know this stuff.  As the moon waxes and wanes every month, it affects the oceans and other bodies of water. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and plants and animals are made up of a lot of water as well. Do you know where the word “lunatic” comes from, have you ever noticed that people get a little crazy on the full moon?
I have found it much easier to work with this energy then against it. You can just work whenever you want to and get results, but why not try working with the elements and make things go a lot smoother and get the best results possible?
Here are some quick and simple guidelines to go by if you want to start getting in sync with the  phases of the moon. Most calenders come with a little moon table printed right on them. If not, it would be worth it get yourself one that does.
There are 4 quarters to the moon’s phases (see illustrations of each here). In the first quarter plant things that produce above the ground that are leafy, and that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples; cabbage, lettuce, spinach, cereals and grains, etc. The only exception is cucumbers, as they do best in the first quarter, even though the seeds are inside the fruit.
Second quarter: plant things that are viney, that produce their seed inside the fruit. Examples: beans, peas, squash, melons, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
Third quarter: plant below ground root crops, bulbs and tubers.
Fourth quarter: I have found this is best left to pull weeds and turn the earth.
So to summarize, during the increasing or waxing light – from the New Moon to Full Moon – plant things that produce above ground. During the decreasing or waning light – plant things that produce underground.
Yes, you can increase your accuracy in timing your efforts to coincide with the natural forces! Take the pebble from my hand young grasshopper!