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Weekly Report, November 23, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Monday, November 23, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Finish weeding and your fall clean-up of flower beds and gardens.  Cut back perennials.  This is an unfavorable time for transplanting. 

Place all your summer cloths into storage.  This is a good time to make your own yogurt.  Cut conifer branches and place them around blueberry and rose bushes to protect them from the freeze, thaw cycles of winter.  Repair and clean out livestock stalls and housing.  Clean out spider webs in the barns.  Lay down straw for animals and bring livestock back to the barn.

Moon on an air day is a good time to clean the debris from fleece sheared off the sheep.  Sheep farmers produce better quality wool when the fleece is cleaned on air days.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 24-26, 2020

The waxing Moon is now in Pisces (leaf) with ascending forces.  Notice how the Moon is a little higher in the sky each night.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  Moon in a water sign (Pisces) offers a good time to dowse for water, drill wells, and repair river banks and ponds.  This is a good time to create swales along slopes and hillsides where you want to slow down the water flow.  Dig out ponds and secure them with walls of rocks, gravel or timber.

If your compost is dry, water it.  Remove tough dirt in sheds and barns when the Moon is in Pisces.  The dirt will come of more easily.  If your farm is not yet covered in snow, and the ground is dry, mow the lawn for the last time, and add clippings to your compost.

Friday, Saturday, November 27-28, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  According to Johanna Paungger, when the waxing Moon is in Aries, this is a good time to produce slow-maturing cheeses.  It is also a good time to make butter if you have a milking cow. 

Sunday, Monday, November 29-30, 2020

On Sunday, the waxing Moon has moved into Taurus (root) and the forces are still ascending. The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to reflect on your past gardening experiences and start planning for the next season.

At 5am EST on Monday, the Full Moon is lined up with the Earth’s path to create a partial Lunar Eclipse.  This entire day is best used for reflection, meditation, and chores not related to gardening.

Conclusion of Weekly Reports for 2020

Given that the garden beds in Prince Edward Count (eastern Ontario) are covered with snow, the weekly reports on what to do in the gardens by Lorraine Schmid and Rosemary Tayler will not available until further notice.  We trust that these reports have been beneficial to all who have been following them.  These reports have been prepared over the last seven months and can be reviewed on the Earth Haven Learning Centre website.

The 2021 Celestial Planting Calendar is arriving from the printer today (November 23, 2020) and Earth Haven Learning Centre is now ready to receive orders.  Visit www.earthhavenlearning.ca


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, November 16, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Sunday, Monday, November 15-16, 2020

The New Moon occurs in Scorpio (leaf) on Sunday at midnight.  The Moon cycle moves from waning to waxing.   Scorpio is associated with the leaf part of the plant and the lunar forces are descending.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to harvest kale and swiss chard for the freezer.  You can also plant kale and swiss chard in tunnels and greenhouses.  Within the tunnels, you can cover these seeds with floating row covers and plastic.  Doing this planting now will allow you to leafy green vegetables right up until the end of December and extend your growing season.

Cut your lawn and add the grass clippings with leaves to the finished compost or turned compost piles.  This will act as a natural cover for the compost pile over the winter.  You can also cover the compost with a tarp for the winter months.  If you have not done so already, add biodynamic preparations to your compost pile.  Let chickens and ducks into the garden to feed on slugs and snails.  Harvest garlic chive seeds.  Clean off heavy persistent dirt in outbuilding, animals stalls and pens.  Clean off tools.

On Monday, the Moon crosses the Sun’s path resulting in a grey out time from 3pm to 9pm EST.  So take a rest from the garden chores during this time.  This is a good time to catch up on paperwork, repair equipment or go to town and do shopping or errands.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

After 9am EST, the waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius (fruit).  This is the nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  Gather berries such as sea buckthorn and goji if the weather is dry.

Wednesday, Thursday, November 18-19, 2020

The waxing Moon remains in Sagittarius (fruit) and the ascending forces are stronger.  The air and day quality is warmth.  This is a possible time to harvest and store grains such as corn.  Grains are best harvested with the Moon in Sagittarius.  Harvest above ground vegetables and gather berries.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19-21, 2020

After 2pm EST the waxing Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to store root vegetables and depending on the local weather, plant garlic.  However, wait until the waning Moon to mulch the garlic. Preserve root vegetables, for example ferment carrots and beets.

If necessary, it is time to trim to trim livestock hoofs and nails on cats and dogs.  Set traps for underground pests and rodents in the barn.

Lorraine remembers her grandmother’s teaching about not putting animals out to pasture, nor bring them home on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  So depending on your pasture growth and local weather, you may want to bring your livestock to winter housing.

Given that this is the end of this gardening season and your memory of what went on is still fresh, make notes and start planning for the next growing season with the help of the 2021 Celestial Planting Calendar.

Sunday, Monday, November 22-23, 2020

By 6pm EST Saturday the waxing Moon has moved into Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Finish weeding and your fall clean-up of flower beds and gardens.  Cut back perennials.  This is an unfavorable time for transplanting. 


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, November 9, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Monday, Tuesday, November 9-10, 2020

The waning Moon is in Leo (fruit) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth and fiery.  If you still have onions in your garden, this is a good time to harvest them.  If your onions have completely dried, put them into storage. There is still time to dig up canna lilies, dahlias and other flower bulbs and place them in a root cellar for the winter.  Harvest your potatoes and carrots and prepare them for storage.  Harvest cauliflower and cabbage and prepare them for storage.  If you have beets in the garden, you should harvest and prepare them for storage as well.  Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus and tulips.

This is a good time to prune fall-bearing raspberry bushes and plant fruit trees.  Be sure to add lots of compost, mulch and water to these young trees.  Apply tree guards on these trees and feed them with compost and mulch.  Plant garlic and mulch the bulbs with straw.  Preserve pears, apples and other fruits.  Repair fence posts.  Put your dried herbs in jars.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 11-13, 2020

The waning Moon has moved into Virgo (root) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  Continue to plant garlic bulbs and mulch them with straw.  Plant individual trees in your food forest—nut trees, oak, and black walnut.  Depending on the weather, turn your old compost and continue to add brown and green matter to your active compost.  Transplant small trees and shrubs, even berry shrubs.  Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus and tulips.  Dig up your canna lilies and other flowering bulbs, let them dry out, and put them into storage.  This is a good time to repair fence posts and harvest cabbage for winter storage.  Put your dried herbs in jars.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Moon is in perigee, closes approach to the Earth, with a 24 hour grey out time in the calendar for this day.  For more information about the waning Moon in Libra, see previous weekly reports. 

Sunday, Monday, November 15-16, 2020

The New Moon occurs in Scorpio (leaf) on Sunday at midnight.  The Moon cycle moves from waning to waxing.   Scorpio is associated with the leaf part of the plant and the lunar forces are descending.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to harvest kale and swiss chard for the freezer.  You can also plant kale and swiss chard in tunnels and greenhouses.  Within the tunnels, you can cover these seeds with floating row covers and plastic.  Doing this planting now will allow you to leafy green vegetables right up until the end of December and extend your growing season.

Cut your lawn and add the grass clippings with leaves to the finished compost or turned compost piles.  This will act as a natural cover for the compost pile over the winter.  You can also cover the compost with a tarp for the winter months.  If you have not done so already, add biodynamic preparations to your compost pile.  Let chickens and ducks into the garden to feed on slugs and snails.  Harvest garlic chive seeds. 

On Monday, the Moon crosses the Sun’s path resulting in a grey out time from 3pm to 9pm EST.  So take a rest from the garden chores during this time.  This is a good time to catch up on paperwork, repair equipment or go to town and do shopping or errands.


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, November 2, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Tuesday, Wednesday, November 3-4, 2020

The waning Moon remains in Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to harvest medicinal roots such as burdock and dandelion.  Mulch your garden beds.

Depending on your micro-climate, with the Moon in Taurus, this may be the last time to turn your compost before winter sets in.  Be sure to apply the biodynamic compost preparations.  Harvest potatoes and carrots and prepare them for the root cellar by rubbing of excessive dirt.  Do not wash these vegetables, but place them in a bushel basket, lined and covered with newspaper.

Now is a good for repairing fences and setting in fence posts.  It is also a good time to pull up canna lilies, gladiola and dahlia bulbs; cut off the tops and wrap the root balls in newspaper and store them in your root cellar over winter.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 4-6, 2020

After 5pm EST on Wednesday, the waning Moon has moved into Gemini (flower).  The early part of Gemini is the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces.  The air and day quality is light and airy.  This is a good time to cut back annual and perennial flowers and add them to the compost pile.

Dust down and sweep out barns and livestock pens to prepare those places for winter housing.  Scrape off the soil on your garden tools and clean them.  Repair barnyard fencing and gates.  If your root cellar needs cleaning, sweep or wash the shelving, walls and floor.  Mulch garden beds and pathways. 

On Thursday, the waning Moon is still in Gemini but the descending forces are stronger.  The Moon remains in Gemini until 6pm EST on Friday.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 6-8, 2020

After 6pm EST on Friday, the waning Moon has progressed into Cancer (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  Water your houseplants.  Continue cleaning barns and sheds.  Mow the lawn and save the clippings for mulch or compost.  Mulch the garden beds and paths. 

This is an unfavorable time to ferment, preserve, or store fruits and vegetables. 

Sunday, Monday, November 8-9, 2020

By 3pm EST, on Sunday, the waning Moon has moved into Leo (fruit) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  This is a good time to prune fall-bearing raspberry bushes and plant fruit trees.  Be sure to add lots of compost, mulch and water to these young trees.  Plant garlic and mulch the bulbs with straw.  Preserve pears, apples and other fruits.  Repair fence posts.


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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