Avoid Pampering Tomatoes for Best Fruit Yield

Biodynamic Gardening Report 60—July 15-31, 2015


In this episode, farmer Ralph Johnson warns against pampering tomato plants with too much watering: if you want fruit, you have to stress the plants to a point where they “understand” biologically that they might die and so must make seeds to reproduce. Continuing with our every-two-weeks Biodynamic Gardening Report schedule, we travel to a new foodie destination, the edible & ornamental gardens and various dining options—from outdoor casual to fancier table service dining—at the eclectic Centrally Grown, north of Cambria.

JRJO_LeafyGreensOn Wednesday (July 15), the moon is full while moving through the constellation of Cancer. It’s a water sign which is moist and very fruitful. It’s the best day to plant and transplant above-ground crops. These days are great for planting leafy greens, peas, and beans.

Over the next five days, the moon will first move through Leo (in the first three days) and then through Virgo (in the following two days). Leo is a fire sign which is dry and barren so no planting; rather, work ground and do general yard work. Virgo is an earth sign which is moist but barren, so work ground and get rid of pests.

JRJO_Scorpio_newestOn Tuesday to Thursday (July 21-23), the moon will be in Libra. It’s an air sign which is moist and semi fruitful, a good time to plant fragrant flowers and herbs.

Over the next two days, the moon will be in Scorpio. It’s a water sign that’s moist and very fruitful. The second quarter begins July 24. On Friday, the first day of Scorpio, focus on leafy greens; on Saturday, work on fruiting crops.

On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (July 26-28), the moon will be in Sagittarius. It’s a fire sign which is dry and barren: no planting on these days unless you want to rot seeds.

On Wednesday and Thursday (July 29-30), the moon is in Capricorn. It is an earth sign which is dry and productive. This is a good day to plant root crops.

On the final day of the month, 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. This is also a good time to fertilize and add compost. The moon will be full on July 31.

Now is the time to start thinking about planting seeds for the fall.

—Ralph Johnson

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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.

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—music: “in THE crowd” by The Years

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