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Planting by the moon phases.

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I normally try to plant seeds and plants when the moon is going from New Moon to full moon. Not when it is waining.As it seems that they grow better.
But will it work under glass, that is if the seeds are planted in a greenhouse is it still better to plant by the moon or does it negate the influence of the moon?
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Planting by moon phases makes a differance

You should aways plant by the moon - it really does make a differance.

Above grnd - light of Moon (from New to Full)

Below grnd - dark moon (day after Full to day before New)

Last year I tested it in my greenhouse.

First I planted seeds that fruit above ground during a dark moon. Only a few of the seeds grew and they were very sickly.

Later I planted the same seed during a light moon and they all grew to healthy - harty plants.

I also tried below the ground veggies during a light moon - the same thing happened. Only a few grew and they were punie.

Later when I planted more seeds in a dark moon they all grew healthy and strong.

So I said all that to say this - I always check the moon cycle before I plant any seeds or plants because it does make a differance.

Bob

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Glass Is Fine

Us yankees use the tiny greenhouses called Cold Frames which has a glass top. (and I'm sure there's some Brits who have 'em too!)

It's Not the Light, it's the gravitational pull as balanced by the sun's position that's different for each phase. (i.e., like higher tides at full moon).

The only thing I've read about the moonlight is to weed during a moonless night, as some of those d a r n weeds actually activate with very little light! So turning over soil without light is beneficial to gardens.

Now, where the heck did I put my night vision goggles?!?!?!? ;)

TxBob, that's good science, thanks!

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i think i got it

ok the gardening home page has a planting by the moon segment sooooo, if im right for us here in the north east new moon -full moon takes place May 13 2010 thru May 27 2010 so we should plant above ground then and full to new is May 27 thru June 12 so below ground should be May 28 thru June 11? please verify and let me know if I am correct :star:

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You got it

The simplest way to remember is to write the following notes a the bottom of your calender.

Above grnd - light of Moon (from New to Full)

Below grnd - dark moon (day after Full to day before New)

TxBob

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makes note of it

i put sticky notes on there already.now i just have to be pacient and wait wait wait. hummmmmmmm.

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Should be May 28 thru June 11? (above ground)

Katrina,That's what I'm seeing by the advice.

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thanks

ok thank u for checking i shall try this year

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Good Luck!

:)

Alot of the "by the moon" advice works, I know cutting hair sure does.

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cuttings by the moon phases

Hi everyone, I'm new here to the forums and not even sure I'm asking my question in the right forum so if I'm in the wrong place can someone please tell me where I need to go.. Thanks! My question is, when is the best time to take cuttings according to the moon phase? Thanks :)

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Cuttings by moon Phases?

Hi PattyJo,
You could try my method.
First take the cuttings then show them your garden and then show them the compost heap. Then you says to them cuttings.
" If you grow you go into the garden with all the love and care. If you don't you go into the compost heap with the slugs and snails."
You may be surprised you can alomost hear them shouting "We'll grow, We'll grow"
At least it works for me but then I'm a Sussexman.

Before you go to bed at night give all your troubles to God. He will be up all night anyway.

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Good One Sussexman!

It's surprising the effect that a little pep talk will have!

...like the "up all night anyway" advice ;)

PattyJo, I'd take his advice as he lives (and Colin, correct me if I have it wrong) not too far (50 mi.)from New Forest created in 1066, so any group of people who can respect Nature for that long should know what they're talking about :)
I was just reading about that park, it's a very beautiful place.

Perhaps the cuttings should be done according to what you want the parent plant to have happen by being pruned, either stay compact or grow. Then you'd follow the moon pruning guidelines.

Hopefully the good-for-above-ground growth period will coincide.

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Whoops red, wrong

The New Forest has been there virtually since trees started to cover England. Before 1066 it was common land used by anyone who wished to hunt or gather wood etc. Along came the bloody Normans and claimed it as a theme park so they could hunt in it and only them. Anyone of the unfortunate country folk found there would be Hung.
In fact up till just before the 1890's a man could be hung or transported to Australia just for picking up a dead rabbit.
Seems to me a similar thing happened in US only they called the invaders 'Settlers'or 'Ranchers'
Sussexman

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Got It

You're right, instead of "created", should've wrote "staked out". Didn't know it was a sore spot so late in history, wow.

And you're right about "similar" in USA ... I grew up in the Mohawk Valley, an ancient part of the Iroquois Indian group territory. Much to my cultural embarrassment, I didn't know the Mohawks were forbidden to live in the valley until 1993 when the "rule" was changed.

**sigh**

At least the New Forest is now turned over for all to enjoy. The pics were beautiful, loved the ponies! :)

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New Forest Ponies

They all belong to somebody, they run wild all the year and in the autumn there is a round up and the foals are branded. Unfortunately the ponies are not supposed to go into some of the towns but still try. The first job I ever did on leaving school was a Police Cadet in Lymington, new forest. I had the job of rounding up all the ponies that came into town and putting them in the Pound. The owners were charged for them being in there.It was a nice litle earner for the town. When they let the stallions out it got a bit hairy, I've been chased more than once by them stallions. One time I scaled a 8ft fence to get out of the way. Surprising what fear will do.
Not only are there ponies but also cattle and deer. The deer are mostly fallow deer, make good eating if it is hung for a few weeks.
Been reading a book called 'God's Acre' it's all about the churchyards in Great Britain and the flora and fauna. If anyone is interested I' give you the Authour and illistrator and publisher. It makes a good read. I read it waiting for my wife outside her hairdressers, I take her every week to local town.
Sussexman

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planting by the moon

Hello I plant my gardens by the moon. Learned long time ago it does matter. Above ground crops during new moon below ground crops full moon. You do by the moon your harvest is amazing. Just I have a question and maybe someone can answer this. In the Almanac they put in it best planting dates.
I have seen days in there where it says we can plant certain things during the new moon and full moon. I seen where it has certain days where you can plant new moon plants during full moon periods and vices a verces.. Does anyone know if this really works? Or would you stick to what you knows is the best. Thank you

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Which

are the vice versa plants?

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