Keith's Moon Planting Page
  A few moon planting facts, rules and examples...

People have been planting by the moon's phases for centuries, in the belief that
something in the lunar light or gravity affects the way plants grow.

The Simplest Rule For Moon Planting...
The moon planting rule says to plant crops that produce above the ground
during the increasing light of the moon (from new moon to full moon) and to plant
crops that produce below the ground during the decreasing light of the moon
(from full moon to new moon).

A More Detailed Set of Moon Planting Rules...
Moon Planting Rule
New Moon To Full Moon: Sow, Transplant, bud and graft.
Full Moon To New Moon: Plow, Cultivate, weed and reap.
New Moon To First Quarter: Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds,
flowering annuals.
First Quarter To Full Moon: Good for planting above ground crops with inside seeds.
Full Moon To Last Quarter: Good for planting root crops, bulbs, biennials, and perennials.
Last Quarter To New Moon: Do Not Plant

Moon Planting Examples...
A list of when and what to plant.
First quarter planting, or the time from the new moon to about half-full.
Plant annuals with above-ground yields, particularly leafy plants which produce
their seed outside the fruit.
1st Qtr. Examples:
  • asparagus cabbage, celery, endive, and spinach.
  • Second quarter planting, or the time from the half-full to the full moon.
    Plant annuals that have above-ground yields which are
    vining and produce seed inside the fruit.
    2nd Qtr. Examples:
  • beans, peas, peppers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers.
  • Third quarter planting, or from the full moon to half-full.
    Plant biennials, perennials, bulb and root crops. Crops which are planted
    one season the produce yields the following year, trees, and shrubs.
    3rd Qtr. Examples:
  • onions, potatoes, rhubarb, grapes, winter wheat, and berries.
  • Fourth quarter planting, or from half-full to new moon.
    4th Qtr. Examples:
  • pull weeds, cultivate, destroy pests, and turn sod.

  • Moon Planting Wise Tales...
  • Plant potatoes during the "dark of the moon" is an old adage.

  • Plant your seeds within 48 hours before a full moon.

  • Do not plant on the day of the New Moon or Full Moon.

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