Gardening by the Moon: How/What/Why

As a biodynamic gardener, I've been buying moon calendars for a decade now. To start with, it was out of curiosity - the description of all the planetary movements was fascinating, and I wanted to align my planting with a larger ecosystem than what was immediately visible to me. 

It's a nice idea, but in real life I found it challenging. 

The result? I would hold off on making compost or planting seeds, only to reach the 'perfect' time and find the weather suddenly turned bad: nobody wants to make compost in a thunderstorm, right? 

I attended a gardening workshop where I met some professional market gardeners who dismissed the commercial viability of planting by the moon, saying their method of planting and harvesting like clockwork was effective, and that weather conditions are the only gauge worth watching. 

That seemed like a ticket to freedom, so I dropped the calendar watching for a couple of years - all except for the occasional biodynamic 500 stir, which is always planned for a descending moon phase. 

What I've noticed over the last couple of years of planting seedings for my Blue Borage work is that there are batches that do significantly better, despite having the exact same treatment.... why is this? 

I started keeping records of all my seed sowing, marking whether it was an ascending or descending moon, and what constellation the moon is in. I still plant according to the weather, but I now have trays that are 'correct' and trays that are 'less than optimally timed'. 

Air Signs
Water SIgns
(Leafy crops)
Fire Signs
(Fruiting crops)
Earth Signs
(Root crops)

What I'm noticing is that the occasional tray that is incredible in terms of health and growth, with super strong seedlings is often a tray of leafy greens planted on a leaf day, or a tray of root crops planted on a root day. Likewise, there have been trays that have been somewhat disappointing, and when I look closely at the dates, they were not the best timed batch. 

So it's for this reason that I'm now consciously choosing to use the moon calendar more and more - not just with seed planting, but with other gardening tasks as well. 

Would you like to give it a try? 

Each week I send out an email called 'Bite sized biodynamics.' You're welcome to try this out and see if it helps you focus on a few manageable tasks each weekend, and start to pick your tasks in accordance with the biodynamic moon calendar. More information here.

Monthly overviews

Want to get more than just the weekend tips? 

I've been creating monthly guides to the biodynamic moon calendar since February 2021. Starting with March 2022, this is no longer merely a guide to the biodynamic calendar, but also includes an e-course 'basic biodynamics for the home gardener' and will pivot towards a package where home gardeners can smoothly transition into biodynamic methods in their home garden. 

More information here: At home with biodynamics. 

You can join with a monthly subscription, a seasonal payment, or just get a one-off payment for three or six months: what I call the 'deep dive' approach. Whatever the payment plan, everybody in this course is welcome to attend the regular Zoom Q&A sessions. 

Ideas for innovative edible gardening solutions using biodynamic methods to make exquisite compost is what the world needs right now. To see the full range of online courses go to blueborage.teachable.com or get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz


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