New 2 Week Biodynamic Gardening Report + Video
Biodynamic Gardening Report 59—July 1-14, 2015
This enhanced podcast episode introduces our every-2-weeks broadcast schedule to provide more time for gardeners to plan for busy summer garden tasks. It also features our first “crib notes” video that speaks to the audio file—more of a mini slideshow via YouTube for the new Biodynamic Gardening Report (BGR), now on a 2-week schedule. This enhanced podcast is designed to help visual learners get a handle on how to triangulate for optimum days in the biodynamic garden.
This is the new Biodynamic Gardening Report for the full moon to the new moon. The moon is full on Wednesday July 1. The third quarter begins with the moon moving through the constellation of Capricorn on Wednesday and Thursday. Capricorn is an earth sign which is dry and productive: a good day to plant root crops.
On Friday and Saturday (July 2-4), the moon will be in Aquarius. Because it’s an air sign which is dry and barren, these are excellent days to kill weeds and clean the garden. Aquarius is also a good time to fertilize and add compost to the garden or field.
On Sunday and Monday (July 5-6), the moon is in Pisces. It’s a water sign which is moist and very productive. It’s a good day for transplanting and planting seeds for root crops.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (July 7-9), the moon will be in the constellation of Aries. It’s a fire sign which is barren and dry. These are poor days for planting; work ground instead.
The last quarter of the moon begins on July 8 and, on Friday and Saturday (July 10-11), the moon will move through the constellation of Taurus. It’s an earth sign which is moist and productive. Because it’s close to the third quarter, one could plant root crops now.
On Sunday and Monday (July 12-13), the moon will move through the constellation of Gemini. It’s an air sign which is dry and barren. Seeds planted on these days tend to rot.
On Tuesday and Wednesday (July 14-15), the moon will move 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. The moon is new on Wednesday July 15.
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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