Favorite (and Least Favorite) Edible Plants

Biodynamic Gardening Report 56—June 12-18, 2015


Scarlet Runner Beans

We’re all super-charged after our June visit to the Northern Central Coast including Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula. Ralph gets right to the report outlining the best days for working in the garden across the week. We discuss the moment of the shifting between the constellations through which the moon moves as well as our favorite and least favorite edible plants in the garden and farm.



This week the moon goes through the end of the fourth quarter and the beginning of the first quarter. The new moon is on Tuesday.

On Friday and Saturday, the moon is in Taurus. It’s an earth sign which is moist and productive. These are good days to plant most above-ground crops, especially leafy greens.

On Sunday and Monday, the moon is in Gemini, an air sign which is dry and barren. Seeds planted on these days tend to rot.

For the rest of the week, the moon is in Cancer, a water sign which is moist and very fruitful. These are the best days to plant and transplant above-ground crops. It’s a great time to plant leafy greens, peas, and beans.

—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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