Applying Compost to the Garden under the Aquarian Moon

Biodynamic Gardening Report 55—June 5-11, 2015

Farmers Almanac

Notes on the Moon’s Astrological Place table for 2013-2014

Throughout the phases of the moon across the month, as the moon appears to move through different sections of the sky identified by the constellations, there are bad, better, and optimum days for planting, working ground, and even applying compost. We learn about the best days for feeding compost growth fuel to your plant babies. We also review the fun activities planned for World Ocean’s Day Cooking for Solutions celebrations all weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as our plan to visit some food trucks in Salinas with the guys from the Salinas Underground Podcast



The week begins with the moon in Capricorn. It is an earth sign which is dry and productive. This is a good day to plant root crops.

For Saturday and Sunday, the moon will be in Aquarius. It’s an air sign which is dry and barren. These are excellent days to kill weeds and clean the garden as well as a good time to fertilize and add compost.

On Monday and Tuesday, the moon will be in Pisces. It’s a water sign which is moist and very productive. These are good days to transplant and plant seeds for root crops.

The week ends with the last two days being in Aries. It’s a fire sign which is barren and dry. Because it’s a poor day for planting, work ground instead.

—Ralph Johnson

Biodynamic gardening principles—some of the most ancient agricultural practices on the planet—require the farmer’s attention to moon phases and constellations to pursue the most effective gardening and farming practices on any given day in the month. San Luis Obispo County farmer Ralph Johnson of Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms provides insight into how the moon’s phases affect gardening success.


—music: “in THE crowd” by The Years

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