This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

gardening by the moon calendar

moon calendar by my plant shelves

I have been looking forward to hanging this "Gardening by the Moon" calendar by my planting shelves this year. And tonight when the moon is so full seemed an appropriate time to dig it out of a drawer and hang it up.

It seems that above the ground plants should be planted on the waxing moon and roots on the waning. Or is it the other way around? This is new for me and will be fun to read about over the coming months.

The calendar has a number of planting tips and timing information. It looks great on the wall. It comes in three version for long, mid and short growing seasons.

(Caren Catterall at Divine Inspiration Publications sent me this calendar free to review.)

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Blogger ajam00 said...

This topic certainly caught my attention. I'm planning to plant a vegetable garden this year (although I'm a little slow in buying seeds.) I purchased an almanac and read about planting by the phases of the moon. I think starting on Jan 15 I could have planted peas but my hubby hasn't broken up the garden yet. Any information you can share on this technique is appreciated.

January 29, 2010 11:21 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I have a great moon calendar that I have misplaced. I would like to hang it next to my planting shelves. As soon as I find it I will fill in this post.

January 29, 2010 1:07 PM

Blogger bzwax said...

I found the calendars at to be fascinating.

However, I found it too complicated to do what were considered best practices, which research showed to be including the sign the moon was in. I found it was more than I could absorb and coordinate. Maybe over time I can integrate that into my other practices. -- Debbie

January 29, 2010 3:32 PM

Blogger Dan said...

I have always thought about planting by the moon but have yet to try it. I have a hard enough time keeping my own planting schedule... I should read more.

January 30, 2010 12:16 AM

Blogger Garden Dreamer said...

Love your planting shelves arrangement. I have to buy these gorw lights(I hope) this year. Also I want to know if you place these shelves in unheated(maybe basement) or heated room(like living room). Thanks.

January 30, 2010 12:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My shelves are in a heated room. Temps are 65*F night, 71*F day. I think you may need heat mats below your seed trays if your temps are much below this.

Especially peppers/chiles. They need warmer temps for germination - I think above 75*. I put my peppers under my fish tank at 80* for germination. I think peppers are the only seed that needs such warm temps.

January 30, 2010 3:34 PM

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February 25, 2010 1:04 AM

Blogger TimmyB said...

I want to plant my vegetable garden this year by the moon , what is the BEST dates to plant , all above ground plants , I live in northeast florida , today is mar.29, 2010 and the moon will be full toworrow

March 29, 2010 1:48 PM

Anonymous Custom Home Detailing said...

This is such a beautiful garden. We will show it to the class. Good job.

January 16, 2011 4:32 PM

Anonymous auto insurance quotes said...

I personally do not believe in those sort of things. I would say plant them and they will know when to come out.

March 28, 2011 5:23 PM


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