Years ago gardeners used nature and weather patterns to determine how and when to sow, plant and harvest. but another way not so commonly known is the use of planting by the moon.
When you think of the moon many believe its powers are through the mind and cults, but think again, the moon has impact on the sea and when you think of the power it has on the sea and tides, no wonder gardeners believed it also had impact on the land.
Biodynamic gardening is on the increase and I have to admit I am now after some research on the subject interested to see if it really does work.
The theory behind moon planting is when the moon pulls you should plant seeds that grow above the ground and when the moon wanes you should grow plants that grow below the ground. If there is a full moon you should plant seeds within the 48 hours before but shouldn't plant any on the day of the new or full moon.
The next Saturday 6th April it is a good day for sowing, planting root crops. asparagus, beetroot, carrots, chives, Jerusalem artichokes, kohl rabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, radish, salsify, scorzonera, shallots, spring onions, swede, and turnip.
Don't grow flower plants, broccoli, cauliflower, globe artichoke, cabbage and sprouts.
On Sunday 7th April this is reversed.
Any gardeners interested can read more about it on http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/moon_planting.asp
Enjoy moon watching and let me know what you think.