Gardening Tips Using Astrology. . .
Updated April 30, 2013
Using Astrology to help you determine what to do and when in your garden has been done for centuries, and is easy to do. Farmer’s Almanacs give this information as do other publications. Doing so brings us into a closer and more balanced relationship with nature, as well as produce a wonderful garden! There are several things to consider when planting and caring for a garden using Astrology.
Since the Moon rules growth, it is the main thing to consider when planting. There are two things to look at:
1. The Lunation cycle or the phase the Moon is in,
2. The sign the Moon is in.
Below, I will be listing the best days for gardening for the next few weeks. I will update them every two months, so be sure to check back.
The Waning Moon phase is the second half of the lunation cycle and are the two weeks when the moon is going from full to new. This is also called “decreasing in light”. The first week of this phase is the best time for pruning to discourage growth and for planting biennials, perennials, and bulb and root crops. The 2nd week of this phase (the week before the new moon) is best for tilling, destroying weeds, pest control, cultivation and harvesting. Mowing your lawn during this phase will discourage growth and doing it when the moon is in a barren sign (see below) will further retard growth.
Planting by the Astrological Signs
During the 28-day Lunar cycle, the moon spends 2-1/2 days in each sign. The most fertile signs, and hence the best time for planting, are the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. The Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are next. Taurus and Capricorn are best for root crops and will produce a strong, hardy plant. Capricorn is excellent for all cactus and drought resistant plants. Libra rules beauty and is therefore excellent for planting ornamentals and flowers whose primary purpose is for enjoyment.
The first day the moon is in a sign is better for planting than the second, and the second is better than the third (remember-the moon is in each sign 2-1/2 days). The very best times for planting are the new moons in Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces and Taurus (in that order). Below is a list of what is best done during each moon sign.
- ARIES: Plant onions. Cultivate, kill weeds and insects.
- TAURUS: Good for planting root crops and seedlings.
- GEMINI: Don’t plant! Good for reading up on gardening!
- CANCER: This is the most fertile sign of the Zodiac. Best time for planting, cultivating, grafting and transplanting (especially above-ground crops).
- LEO: This is the driest, most barren sign. It is good for killing weeds and pests.
- VIRGO: Good for getting your garden in order.
- LIBRA: Very good for planting all ornamentals and flowers.
- SCORPIO: Very good for all planting, irrigating and pruning to stimulate growth.
- SAGITTARIUS: Best for just enjoying being out doors and sun-bathing in your garden!
- CAPRICORN: Good for all root crops. (See notes above).
- AQUARIUS: Have a few friends over to enjoy your garden!
- PISCES: Things planted now will grow beyond belief!
- Please note: that these times are geared for the No. Hemisphere.
- Please note: If a date is not listed, read the signs above for additional info.
~ MAY ~
May 3, 4 & 5 ~ Waning Moon in Pisces ***Good for planting seeds and delicate plants, such as shade plants, ferns and seedlings.
May 8, 9 & 10 ~ New/Waxing Moon in Taurus****Excellent for all planting, such as seeds, lawns, vegetables, trees, etc. Very fertile. One of the best 2-day periods for planting of the year!
May 13 & 14 ~ Waxing Moon in Cancer****Great for all planting (seeds or seedlings), weeding and fertilizing.
May 18 & 19 ~ Waxing Moon in Virgo****Good for all planting and also for organizing your garden. Good time to get your garden planned for the coming growing season.
May 20, 21 & 22 ~ Waxing Moon in Libra****Excellent for planting all ornamentals and flowers, or for beautifying your garden in any way.
May 23 & 24 ~ Waxing Moon in Scorpio****Great for all planting (seeds or seedlings), weeding and fertilizing. Perfect for planting anything that grows underground, such as potatoes and carrots.
May 26 & 27 ~ Waning Moon in Capricorn***Good for garden planning and tending to root crops. Also good for working on paths and walkways
May 31 & June 1 ~ Waning Moon in Pisces **Good for planting seeds and delicate plants, such as shade plants, ferns and seedlings.
~ JUNE ~
June 4, 5 & 6 ~ Waning in Moon in Taurus**Good for all maintenance related garden projects. Pruning, fertilizing, mending fences, tilling soil, transplanting, etc.
June 9, 10 & 11 ~ Waxing Moon in Cancer****Great for all planting (seeds or seedlings), weeding and fertilizing.
June 14, 15 & 16 ~ Waxing Moon in Virgo****Very good for all planting and also for organizing your garden.
June 17 & 18 ~ Waxing Moon in Libra****Excellent for planting all ornamentals and flowers, or for beautifying your garden in any way.
June 19 & 20 ~ Waxing Moon in Scorpio****Great for all planting (seeds or seedlings), weeding and fertilizing. Perfect for planting anything that grows underground, such as potatoes and carrots.
June 23 & 24 ~ Full>Waning Moon in Capricorn***Good for garden planning and tending to root crops. Also good for working on paths and walkways.
June 27 & 28 ~ Waning Moon in Pisces ***Good for planting seeds and delicate plants, such as shade plants, ferns and seedlings.
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Other pages to check out:
AstroCurrents ~ Elizabeth’s Guide To Navigating Each Month
Where Are the Planets Now?
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