Secrets of a Moon garden

HOLISTIC WELLNESS –
DR. MARYANN ROBERTA –
observerwellness@gmail.com –

Knowledge of the Ancients: Organic Farming, a dying tradition

The blistering heat of the life-giving sun can also sap living energy. So what could be our best alternative, you wonder?
Have you ever considered the moon to provide the needed energy? Of course, for sure the thought would have never occurred to you. In fact, you must think of it as, “What a crazy thought!”
Ever walked by a friends garden and wondered at how magical it looked? The brilliance of the colourful flowers, the enormous and succulent fruits, and vegetables. What if I told you that your friend was following ancient secrets practised by our ancestors, who understood the relevance of the moon to all plant-life.

The Influence of the Moon

During the Waxing moon [growing moon]
From new moon to full moon phase

Water levels rise on earth — earth’s vast water bodies, and all life, including the human.
Seeds and plants planted during this phase germinate rapidly and are robust whether indoor or out in the open. Nature and every living creature are extremely sensitive to any tiny energy fluctuation.
And the gravitational pull of the moon affects us all.
What if I told you that you would have a near cent-per-cent seed germination if you planted during a certain time of the month? Seeds germinate faster and more prolifically when sown at the full moon.
The correlation of moon and tide may not seem to have anything to do with planting or gardening but consider the fact that the water content of the earth responds to the same tide cycle as the massive bodies of water that cover our planet.
Any gardener knows the importance of the soil’s water content to a germinating seed. It makes sense to consider when planting your garden, the pull of the moon and the moon’s position in order to give seeds the best chance to germinate, grow and develop.

Why the Moon Phase System Works
The time at which a seed is sown is the beginning of its life cycle. Final plant yield, as every gardener knows, is crucially affected by the conditions encountered by the seed.

Waxing Moon
[When the moon is growing from new to full moon]
Traditionally, gardeners have been advised to sow seeds at the full moon, perhaps because our ancestors discovered that seeds germinated more rapidly then.
Many people today sow at the new moon in order to ensure germination before the growth spurt given the plant by the full moon.
Sow large areas during the waxing moon. Use this time to sow lawns, and to plant wheat and grains.
Sow crops like leafy vegetables and flowers, which produce yield above ground and do not rely on extensive root development.
Plant flowers grown for beauty or fragrance in the first quarter of the waxing moon, like roses.
Pick fruits and vegetables intended for immediate consumption. Salads are best when made with ingredients picked during a waxing moon. Because the water content of the ingredients is higher, salads are crunchier, juicier and free from woody, unpleasant textures.

Waning Moon
[When the moon is going down from full to the next new moon]
The waning moon phase is associated with harvesting.
Apples, cabbages, potatoes, and onions store better if harvested at the waning moon when the water content is decreased.
Young fruit trees & saplings planted when the moon is going down, have a stronger root system and are more disease resistant.
There is so much more that you will learn about the secrets of planting and harvesting during the phases of the moon. As she trains you to understand her magical effects and abilities, you should also be ready to unearth her powers!