The Moon and gardening – Phases of the moon and meaning

Many people garden by the moon. My neighbor was one. He grew up using this practice and used it his entire life. His gardens were amazing!

I have read about planting gardens by the moon and it makes sense but have not tried it yet. If you have please share you results.

As I was looking on the websites I came across this information. Between people who like to garden by moonlight planting and those who just enjoy the moon I thought I would share this information.

MonthThe Moons Name – Why that name?
January – Wolf Moon – Hungry wolf packs howled at night
February – Snow Moon – Heaviest snowfalls in the middle of winter
March – Worm Moon – Start of spring, as earthworms (and the robins that eat them!) began to appear
April –  Pink Moon – An early spring flower called “moss pink” started to bloom
May – Flower Moon – Many types of flowers bloom in May
June – Strawberry Moon – Strawberries were ready to be picked and eaten
July –  Buck Moon – New antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, began to form
August – Sturgeon Moon – Sturgeon, a large fish found in the Great Lakes, were easily caught at this time of year
September – Harvest Moon – Farmers could continue harvesting until after sunset by the light of the Harvest Moon
October – Hunter’s Moon – Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, gathering food for the coming winter
November –  Beaver Moon – Time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to make sure of a supply of warm winter furs
December – Cold Moon – The cold of winter sets in

*This information above came from the From Algonquin nations

  • New Moon — the Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
  • Waxing Crescent — the visible Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
  • First Quarter — one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
  • Waxing Gibbous — the Moon is more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
  • Full Moon — the visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight.
  • Waning Gibbous — the Moon is less than fully but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
  • Last Quarter — one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
  • Waning Crescent — the Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
  • NOTE: Following Waning Crescent is a New Moon, beginning a repetition of the complete phase cycle of 29.5 days average duration.

I have always enjoyed moonlight night, particularly in the summer months. They add a mystical feeling to the evening. I also grow a moonlight garden. They add beauty and fragrance to any yard.

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