Tried and Tested in Time

When the first crops were planted, farmers and gardeners observed the star constellations and the ‘apparent’ path of the sun and based their seasonal planting on these cycles.  As moisture levels were crucial, especially for subsistence farmers, they learnt by trial and error with variables of soil types, methods and plant types and also that within the seasonal cycle that planting and harvesting were more successful and certain times than others.

Early farmers noted that the moon’s short cycle mirrored the annual sun cycle and called it ‘a round’ –which became a natural measure of dividing the year into “months” (from the word “moon”) and so created the first agricultural calendars or almanacs. Traditionally and today many calendars still carry moon phase cycles as a ‘hangover’ from these almanacs.

Whilst planting by the moon was closely followed by crop farmers in the short growing season regions, word of mouth or anecdotal evidence has passed this information down to generations. However what was commonplace and common sense was lost when mechanisation, industrialisation and modern horticulture methods extended growing seasons and soils with a range of chemicals to boost soil, growth, hormones etc. Fortunately, the past few decades has seen the return to more natural way of living, and with it a demand for more natural methods of food growing – meaning no chemical additions and the return to fortifying the soil with natural composting.

Gardening by the moon offers both food growers and plant lovers a better chance of successful gardening. Planting at the right time within the lunar month has seen many lunar gardeners produce bigger and more successive yields, more blooms and greater gardening satisfaction.