Sunday, March 29, 2015

Planting vegetables by the moon in April

Are you a faithful gardener that plants by the moon or have you ever been curious about it and wanted to try it? Planting by the moon is a longtime Old Farmer's Almanac tradition. According to this practice, cycles of the Moon affect plant growth. Here's a list of dates (according to Almanac's website) that occur in April for planting by the moon's phases.

These are for Region 1 (which the Houston area falls into along with much of Zone 9)

Rolling over from March 20 - April 4, 2015
... Beans (early planting) (A)
... Cucumbers (A)
... Eggplants (A)
... Muskmelons (A)
... Squashes (A)
... Watermelons (A) 

April 5-6, 2015 ... Sweet Potatoes (B)

April 5-15, 2015 ... Leeks (B)

April 18 - May 3, 2015 ... Okra (A)

Crops that grow below the ground (B) are supposed to be planted during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

Crops that are aboveground (A) are supposed to be planted during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.

Gather your supplies, order your seeds if you don't already have some on hand (beans, cucumbers, eggplants, muskmelons, squashes, watermelons, sweet potatoes, leeks, and okra), and get ready to plant!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tomorrow's Total Eclipse of the Sun

March 20, 2015: Total Eclipse of the Sun
This eclipse will not be visible from North America but will be visible from Greenland, Iceland, Europe, North Africa, and northwestern Asia. (information is from Almanac's website)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March's Full Moon

ATTENTION Houston area folks:
Today will be a full moon, so don't forget to go outside to admire it's beauty!

12:06 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Char-Broil's Spring Grilling Sale (thru 3/31)

During the month of March, Char-Broil is having a Spring Grilling Sale where you can get 15% off on orders over $75. They have a large selection of beautiful grills and accessories. Whether you're looking for a gas grill, charcoal grill, portable grill, electric grill, or their latest TRU-Infrared line of grills, your sure to find something you'll love. Take advantage of this spring sale and start planning out a BBQ night with your family, friends or neighbors.

Spring Grilling - 15% off sitewide on orders $75+ at Char-Broil! Use code A15S1. Offer valid 3/1/2015 - 3/31/2015. Shop now!