Once More Into Mercury Retrograde

Biodynamic Gardening Report 37—Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

When the conditions are right with the full moon happening while the moon travels through an auspicious planting sign like Cancer, biodynamic gardeners can move beyond the confines of the recommended planting types for a particular week and plant just about anything in the garden. It’s about mindfulness, not rigidity. Be especially mindful of weirdness as we collectively experience Mercury in Retrograde.


Biodynamic preparations for compost soon to be used. One of the last big steps in Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms becoming certified biodynamic.


At the start of our week—Friday—the moon is in Gemini, an air sign. This is a dry and barren time so no planting seeds. Better to weed and go after other pests.

JRJO_logoOn Saturday and Sunday, the moon is in Cancer. Cancer is a water sign which is moist and fruitful. It is the best day for planting and seeding. As the moon is in the second quarter, the favored crops are plants with fruit like tomatoes or peppers.

The next three days the moon is in Leo and on Thursday its in Virgo. Leo is a fire sign—very barren and dry. Virgo is an earth sign, moist but barren. So basically the rest of the week is good for working ground and getting rid of pests.

—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: “Badfish” by Sublime

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