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Movements of the moon and garden care


THE movements of the moon they interest the farmer because the phases of the moon influence the sowing and development of plants and vegetables. This 'astral influence' means that there are jobs that are better on a growing moon and others to do on a waning moon. It has been known for millennia and for millennia the garden tradition considers i movements of the moon without, however, taking into account exceptional phenomena such as Blood Moon.

It's not magic it's physics. The crescent moon favors the ascent of the sap towards the top of the plants, which is useful when there is a need to graft and collect the fruits. The waning period, on the other hand, favors root development, so it is time to prune plants and hedges (which will lose less sap from cuts), to transplant, fertilize and collect the roots.

Movements of the moon and works

The growing moon jobs are the sowing of cereals, flowers and fruit and leafy vegetables, except those that 'go to seed' such as lettuce and spinach. It is also the period of cutting firewood, pruning weak trees, splitting and harvesting medicinal herbs and root and fruit vegetables.
Waning moon jobs are the sowing and transplanting of root vegetables and bulbs, cutting of construction wood, pruning of vigorous trees, bud grafting, removal of scions for grafts, pruning, of the collection of fruit and bulb vegetables, of the grape harvest and harvest.

For a precise scheduling of activities in compliance with the movements of the moon, a good horticulturist cannot fail to obtain the Lunar calendar of sowing and work every year

How do the movements of the moon work?

In addition to the rotational motion around the Earth, the moon has an oscillatory motion that regulates two phases. In the first, the descending phase, the star rises from the horizon, for 14 days, until it reaches the highest point of the sky from south to north. In the second, the descending phase, reverses the movement and falls towards the horizon from north to south for the following 14 days. To understand what phase the moon is in, just look at it in the sky: hump to the west crescent moon, hump to the east waning moon.

Movements of the moon and moon phases are one of the key themes of biodynamic agriculture, a 'gentle' cultivation model that respects the rhythms of nature. To find out more, I recommend this Biodynamic Horticulture Manual

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