Many gardeners swear by Planting by the Moon, a technique that’s said to produce larger, tastier harvests. Watch the video above for a quick overview of this age-old practice!
What is Planting by the Moon?
Simply put, Planting by the Moon (also called Gardening by the Moon or Moon Phase Gardening) is the idea that the lunar cycle affects plant growth. Just as the Moon’s gravitational pull creates the tides of the oceans, it also creates more moisture in the soil, which encourages growth.
The technique goes as follows:
- Plant your annual flowers and fruit and vegetables that bear crops above ground (corn, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.) during the light, or waxing of the Moon—from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
- Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc.) during the dark, or waning, of the Moon—from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
Dates for Planting by the Moon
Find specific dates for Planting by the Moon in our free online Planting Calendar. The Planting Calendar shows planting dates based on both the Moon phase and local frost dates, and is customized to your location.
You can also find a planting table in the annual Old Farmer’s Almanac , which contain the best planting days based on the Moon’s phases.
Do you garden by the Moon? Let us know in the comments!