Planting by the moon


I’m still trying to get my head around this lunar planting thing. Lots of info out there and nothing that’s really concise for Sydney. (Oh for a Farmer’s Almanac!) From what I can glean off the internet, it’s not just the moon, it’s also the star signs (really?). Here’s a summary for my future use.


WAXING MOON (the moon is growing, pulling plants upwards)
Full phase, Annual Flowers, Hay, Cereal Grains & Oil Seeds, Cucumbers, Melons, Leeks and Shallots.
Week 1 (new moon), plant or plant out green leafy vegetables (lettuce, basil, celery…). Good for plants that bear seeds on the outside
Week 2 (first quarter), plant or plant out fruiting/seeding plants (eggplant, capsicum, tomatoes…). Good for plants that bear seeds on the inside.

WANING MOON (the moon is shrinking, pulling plants down into the ground)
Week 1 (full moon), Roots vegetables (potatoes, radishes, carots…). Also perennial fruit plants, vegetables and herbs. It’s also the time to take cuttings and divide plants.
Week 2 (last quarter), NO PLANTING

Also, NO PLANTING 12 hours before and after the change of phases: New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter.

And then there’s the zodiac (really?)…

  • A boost comes from Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (nice and fertile)
  • Not quite such a good boost comes from Taurus, Libra and Capricorn (could help for sowing, grafting, taking cuttings, pruning to encourage growth and planting bare-rooted perennials
  • Barren signs are Aries, Leo or Sagittarius (forget about it)
  • Semi-barren are Gemini, Virgo or Aquarius (might be a help for weeding or harvesting crops for storage)

    Or is it …. ?
    Roots relate to earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
    Leaves relate to water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
    Flowers relate to air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
    Fruit and seeds relate to fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)


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    5 Responses to Planting by the moon

    1. karen says:

      Ok, so I pulled up this moon calendar and I can’t tell when the moon is getting larger (waxing) and when its getting smaller (waning).

      The amount I don’t know about planting vegetables continues to grow the longer I do it. How did agriculture ever catch on?

      • I found that calendar as well and it’s beautiful but only shows pretty pictures of the moon. You can see it’s waxing by the fact that the light bit is growing, for example between yesterday (12 March) and today (13 March). But no way to tell what day/time the moon actually changes phases (10:44 in Sydney on the 13th of March the phase switches from New Moon to First Quarter – which looks suspiciously like a half a moon to me, but it’s the waxing half as opposed to the waning half which is Last Quarter). The link you sent also shows nothing about the Zodiac (which I’m far from being convinced matters anyway).

        Check out the link on my right side bar. You can type in your timezone and get the calendar for your area.

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