The Return of the Biodynamic Gardening Report
Back by popular demand, it’s the Biodynamic Gardening Report like the surf report but for gardening by the moon.
On Thursday May 19, 2016, the almost full moon moves into the section of the sky identified with the constellation Scorpio. If we could ask them, agriculturalists over the centuries would confirm that certain days of the monthly moon cycle—like when the moon is in the part of the sky with Scorpio—appear to be some of the very best days for edible plant production. Especially on May 19 and 20, it’s the perfect time for planting tomatoes and other fruiting plants. If you’re a black thumb gardener, you owe it to yourself to pay attention to the biodynamic growing cycles and make sure you schedule time in the garden on these Scorpio days.
Not strict dogma, the Biodynamic Gardening Report highlights the best days for working in the garden and the times of the month to focus on maintenance tasks but no planting. Want to figure this out on your own? It’s an artsy science and, ultimately, a predictable schedule for edible gardening.
- Consult the Farmer’s Almanac to learn whether it’s a good day or not for working in the garden, field, planters, and pots.
- Determine the phase of the moon for select date so as to identify the types of plants that do best in which phase—leafy greens after the new moon, fruiting plants after the first quarter, root vegetables after the full moon, and letting the garden rest in the third quarter
- Determine the constellation through which the moon moves over a course of 2-3 days so you can determine the relative productivity of the day based on this information. For example, Scorpio, Taurus, Cancer, and Pisces are some of the most productive days to plant, transplant, and work in the garden.
The following schedule features information from the Farmer’s Almanac as well as info for gardening related to the Moon’s ingress by sign.
Moon enters Scorpio—May 19, 2016 06:29 AM GMT
- May 19th-20th Plant seedbeds. Excellent for planting aboveground crops and planting leafy vegetables.
Moon enters Sagittarius—May 21, 2:14pm PST (Full Flower Moon) May 21, 2016 06:48 PM GMT
- May 21st-23rd Seeds planted now will do poorly and yield little.
Moon enters Capricorn May 24, 2016 05:34 AM GMT
- May 24th-25th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
Moon enters Aquarius—May 26, 2016 02:27 PM GMT
- May 26th-27th Kill plant pests on these barren days.
Moon enters Pisces—May 28, 2016 09:06 PM
- May 28th-29th Fine for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops.
Moon enters Aries—May 31, 2016 01:09 AM GMT
- May 30th-31st Poor planting. Fine for cultivating.
Moon enters Taurus—June 2, 2016 02:46 AM GMT
- June 1st-2nd Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.
Moon enters Gemini—June 4, 2016 03:01 AM GMT
- June 3rd-4th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
Moon enters Cancer—June 6, 2016 03:41 AM GMT
- June 5th-7th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
Moon enters Leo—June 8, 2016 06:47 AM GMT
Moon enters Virgo—June 10, 2016 01:45 PM GMT
- June 8th-11th Poor period for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, or clear land.
Moon enters Libra—June 13, 2016 12:33 AM GMT
- June 12th-14th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
Moon enters Scorpio—June 15, 2016 01:18 PM GMT
- June 15th-16th Plant seedbeds. Extra good for planting fall lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and other leafy vegetables. All aboveground crops planted now will do well.