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Planting Seeds According to the Moon  

The technique of gardening by the phases of the moon can speed up germination by working with the forces of nature. Plants respond to the gravitational pulls of the moon much like the tides of the ocean. Seeds sprout faster, plants grow vigorously at an optimum rate, and harvests are larger.

The lunar phase of the moon controls the amount of moisture in the soil. The moisture is at its peak at the time of the new and full moon. The gravitational pull causes water to rise in the soil which encourages germination and growth.

How Lunar Planting Works

The pull of the moon on Earth is stronger then that of the sun because the moon is closer to the Earth. The strongest effect is when the sun and the moon pull from opposite sides of the earth at the full moon phase. The pulls create high tides when they are acting on the same side at the new moon phase as well. These forces also affect the water content of the soil, creating more moisture in the soil at the time of the new and full moon. The increased moisture encourages seeds to sprout and grow.

Plants that are sown in the best combination of lunar phases show signs of increased vigor, due to them having the best influences. They grow at an optimum rate and have less setbacks. This causes harvests to be larger, quicker, and crops don’t go to seed as fast.


What Moon phase To Plant During?

• During the first quarter, new moon, is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit.

• The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground. Also, mowing the lawn in the first and second quarter increases growth.

• During the third quarter, full moon, plant root crops, perennials, biennials, bulbs, and do transplanted because of active root growth.

• The fourth quarter is the best time to cultivate, harvest, and prune. Mowing lawns in the fourth quarter slows growth.

Plant Nerd

Jeremy Mortis 07