Saturday, July 25, 2015

Planting vegetables by the moon in August

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 August for planting by the moon's phases.

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

August 1-13, 2015 ... Carrots (late planting) (B)

August 14-29, 2015
... Beans (late planting) (A)
... Cauliflower (late planting) (A)
... Corn, sweet (late planting) (A)

August 15-29, 2015 ... Endive (late planting) (A)

August 30 - September 9, 2015 ... Carrots (late planting) (B)

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 (carrots, beans, cauliflower, sweet corn, and endive), and get ready to plant!