Gardening by the Moon
Aside from the usual planting considerations which include lighting, fertiliser and environment, one of the most interesting factors that can definitely affect the success of growing different kinds of seeds, plants and even daylilies is the lunar or the moon phases. A lot of farmers or gardeners are greatly questioning whether taking into consideration the different phases of the moon in planting really do have an effect to plants.
Unknown to most people, lunar planting or gardening by the moon as we can commonly call it, is actually an ancient practice. During the ancient times, people do not have means to determine time and they just base it on observing the changes in the celestial bodies specifically in the moon, sun and even the stars. There has even been a lunar planting calendar which was developed by the ancient people for ease in their planting and harvesting work. It is said that through the observance of the lunar phases, a more productive plant harvest was achieved.
Through time, the effects of the moon on different environmental activities and even on humans have been observed. For those who may not be aware, there are actually four different quarters of the moon. These are grouped into two main phases which involves increased and decreased plant growth and production respectively. If you are able to plant during the first two phases, it is said that you will be able to achieve a good harvest. This goes different when you are able to start planting during the last two phases of the moon which are said to have a negative effect on the growth of the plants.
One of the most helpful techniques in using the lunar planting technique is that, you have to figure out when the full moon will be because this will serve as the borderline when the first or abundant phase will then change into the second or decreasing phase.
The first and second quarters of the moon provide a favourable environment for the plants to grow because the latter’s nutrient absorption is said to increase. These two quarters are generally known as the waxing phase for the plants. The plants are also able to receive a good water supply in this phase thus making it highly recommendable for planting. It has been observed that harvests from the plants started during this period or phase is generally larger, healthier and definitely more useful as compared to those from the second phase which will next be discussed.
The third and fourth quarters are generally known as the waning or decreasing phase. This is when weed formation is considered to be most prominent thus affecting the plants constant supply of appropriate nutrients from the soil. This is also the time when the water supply seems to be lacking to properly support the needs of the plants.
These are some of the most essential reminders that you need to fully understand regarding the application of lunar planting techniques to your variety of fruits, vegetables and even flowering plants like daylilies.