“It’s like the surf report but for gardening by the moon”

Biodynamic Gardening Report 52—May 15-21, 2015


poor peas are suffering from mildew in our yard in late spring : (

We recorded our latest episode at the Spice house where Ralph provided info on how to manage the mildew situation that afflicts our coastal peas as well as some other recommendations for how to get the most out of our edible yard as well as other sustainable food issues.


The moon makes its appearance in Aries this first day of our week. It’s a fire sign which is barren and dry. It’s a poor day for planting: work ground instead.

On Saturday and Sunday the moon will be in Taurus. It’s a earth sign which is moist and productive. These are good days to plant most above ground crops especially leafy greens.

For Monday and Tuesday the moon will be in Gemini. It’s an air sign which is dry and barren. Seeds planted on these days tend to rot.

We end the week with the last two days the moon in Cancer. It’s a water sign which is moist and very fruitful. These are the best days to plant and transplant above-ground crops. Great for 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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