How to Use Moon Phases to Garden

You might have visions of rosebuds or cornstalks dancing in your head. Are you itching to plant a garden when spring arrives? You might be an avid gardener, or this might be your first year trying to grow something without killing it. It doesn’t really matter. When it comes to garden planning, have you considered gardening along with the moon cycles?

Wait – what? This isn’t some weird hippy dippie trend. It’s actually an ancient tradition that many gardeners swear by. Watch the following video to learn how to use the phases of the moon to plan your garden.

Isn’t that amazing? You might not have realized that the Farmer’s Almanac is a place you can go for more than weather predictions. Let’s dive into some facts about this old book that’s still circulating today.

7 Facts about the Farmer’s Almanac

  • The Farmer’s Almanac has been around since 1792 when Robert Bailey Thomas founded it.
  • It cost about 4 cents to purchase a Farmer’s Almanac and was released every September.
  • The original Farmer’s Almanac is now referred to as The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
  • There’s a “new” Farmer’s Almanac, which began in 1818.
  • Both “old” and “new” almanacs contain weather predictions, full moon dates, folklore, natural remedies, gardening information, and more.
  • Although both versions claim 80-85% accuracy, one study showed that the old almanac had a 52% accuracy rate.
  • The original version is the oldest published periodical in North America.

You can use the old or the new version to find the moon cycles and plan your garden. These traditions have been around a long time. Whether you’re an old hand at gardening or a newbie praying you don’t kill another houseplant dead as a doornail, you could find a lovely symmetry in planting, tending, and harvesting along with the cycles of the moon.

After all, what’s more wonderful than reminding ourselves that we aren’t separate from nature but part of it? All of this (gestures around vaguely) is intrinsically intertwined. We are all connected and part of this good Earth, this solar system, and this Universe. Of COURSE there is a pattern to it all.

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