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April 2020

Weekly Update, April 27, 2020

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

Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28, 2020

On Monday, the Moon crosses the Sun’s path from 10am to 3pm.   This sensitive time is better spent on doing shopping or other chores than gardening.  After 3pm the Moon moves into Gemini (flower) and it changes position in the sky from ascending to descending.   It feels light and airy.  Now is a good time to plant and seed any climbing or creeping plants and flowers.  Annuals and other tender plants can be started in the greenhouse.  It is also a good time to plant or sow medicinal flowering herbs, such as chamomile.   This is a time to combat pests, such as aphids by soaking nettles in water for 24 hours and using that liquid to spray the aphids.  It is a favourable time to add a modest amount of compost soil to plants as a fertilizer, but do not add too much as you will invite aphids.  It is also a good time to clean out the animal dwellings and shelters.   I have found this time useful to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs that I want to grow specifically for seed.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 & 30, 2020

The Moon is in Gemini from 3pm on Monday until 3pm on Wednesday the 29th.  Moon in Cancer (leaf), waxing with ascending forces.  The damp days of Moon in Cancer will not let the ground dry out completely.  This is a good time to encourage leaf growth by pinching off some of the leaves.   A good time to plant leafy vegetables, especially spinach.  Spinach likes cool air and a waxing Moon.  Also good for cutting the lawn, watering house plants and dowsing for water.  Above ground pests such as aphids, flea beetles, whitefly and cabbage worms can be dealt with.  The waxing Cancer Moon is unfavourable for planting vines, pruning fruiting trees, making preserves and jams, painting outside and setting fence posts.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 1 to 3, 2020

The Moon moves into Leo by Friday at 9am and the air feels warm.  This is a waxing Moon with ascending forces.  This is a good time to sow grains on the damp soil, cut lawns, plant fruit trees and shrubs, grow cucumbers and tomatillos in the greenhouse and plant strawberries and raspberries and apple, pear and cherry trees. 

Sunday to Monday, May 3 & 4, 2020

The Moon moves into Virgo at 6pm on Sunday.  Virgo is associated with root forces.  The Moon is waxing and ascending.  Expect cooler days.  This is an excellent time for turning compost, planting trees that grow high and shrubs and hedges that you want to grow fast.  This is a good time to do any kind of work in the garden related to planting and transplanting.  For example, you can transplant house plants, seed lawns, and combat moles.


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, April 20, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 to 22, 2020

Moon is in Pisces until 1pm on Wednesday, April 22nd with the New Moon on Wednesday evening.  Pisces is a leaf sign and the Moon is waning with ascending forces.  The quality is damp and cool.  The ground does not easily dry out.  This is a good time to plant your lettuces and other green leafy veggies such as Swiss Chard.  Planting leafy greens at this time reduces their chance of bolting.  This is also a good time to water house plants and irrigate the garden.  It is good for cutting the lawn if you want the grass to grow slowly.  Also a good time for setting fence posts.  It is unfavourable for cutting and pruning fruit trees and preserving and canning fruit.  As the air feels cool and damp outside, avoid outdoor painting. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 22 to 24, 2020

The Moon transitions into Aries after 5pm and stays there until Friday, April 24th at 1pm.  With the New Moon coming in late on Wednesday, we now have a waxing Aries with ascending forces.  Warm days will prevail.  This is a favourable time to seed and plant anything that grows fast and ready for quick use such as tomatoes.  It is a good time to thin out beets and carrots.  This is an excellent time for planting fruit trees and shrubs.  Waning Aries is favourable for cutting damaged branches.  The air flow is warmer so you can paint outside.  It is also good to plant grains.  Every type of milk processing is beneficial such as making butter, yogurt and kefir.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, April 24 to 27, 2020

From Friday, April 24 at 5pm until Monday, April 27 at 1pm the Moon is in Taurus (root) and it ascending and waxing.  Taurus brings cool and earthy qualities.  This is a good time to plant trees and shrubs if you want them to grow tall and slow.  It is not a good time to plant onions as the Moon is waxing.  Onions are best planted anytime when the Moon is waning.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Moon crosses the Sun’s path from 10am to 3pm.   This sensitive time is better spent on doing shopping or other chores than gardening.  After 3pm the Moon moves into Gemini (flower) and it changes position in the sky from ascending to descending.   Now is a good time to plant and seed any climbing or creeping plants and flowers.  It is also a good time to combat pests above ground.  It is a favourable time to add a modest amount of compost soil to plants as a fertilizer, but do not add too much as you will invite aphids.  It is also a good time to clean out the animal dwellings and shelters.


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, April 13, 2020

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

Monday, April 13, 2020

The Moon is in Sagittarius and begins its ascending cycle.  Sagittarius brings the qualities of dryness and warmth, and relates to the sciatica, hips and thighs.   Avoid heavy lifting today.  It is a good time to plant beets in the greenhouse, and/or prune fruit trees and dealing with above-ground pests, such as aphids and flea beetles.  Avoid heavy weeding that could affect your lower back.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

As with Monday, the Moon on Tuesday is in Sagittarius, a fruit sign.  Sagittarius is the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces.  What applies for Monday also applies to Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 & 16, 2020

The Moon moves into Capricorn, which has a quality of earthiness and coolness.  The Moon is waning and Capricorn is a root sign.  Generally the earth feels cooler to touch even on a hot day.  It is most favorable for jobs that require a lot of strength and hard work—weeding, weeding and more weeding.  You may want to create a pathway in the garden or put up fence posts.  It is favorable for planting root vegetables either in the ground or in the greenhouse.  Also, if you have an area of land that you want to clear or reclaim, this is a good time to do it.  Consider tackling the prickly ash or other unwanted shrubs or bushes.  It is also a good time to start a compost pile, or layer it or turn it.  If you have mold in the garden, this is the right time to deal with that.

Call the Ferrier to attend to animals hoofs.  Add compost soil to the houseplants.

Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2020

The gray area between 7am and 10am is the transition time as the Moon moves into Aquarius.  It stays there until Sunday, April 19 at 10am.  Aquarius is a flower sign with ascending forces.  The quality is light.   There is a feeling of lightness.  It is mostly unsuitable for any farming and gardening except what really needs to be done right away.  Weeding is beneficial at this time.  Be sure to leave the weeds on top of the ground as a mulch.  If you are a person who turns the soil in the garden, now is a good time to do it.  It is a good time to harvest vegetables if you want them to be drying.  It is totally unfavorable for transplanting.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 to 22, 2020

The Moon moves into Pisces during the gray area on Sunday from 10am to noon and it stays there until 1pm on Wednesday, April 22nd.  Pisces is a leaf sign and the Moon is waning with ascending forces.  The quality is damp and cool.  The ground does not dry out quickly.  This is a good time to seed and plant your lettuces and other green leafy veggies that may tend to easily bolt.  Everything harvested at this time should be used up right away.  If you harvest over-wintering carrots out of your garden today, use them up right away.  This is good to plant any leafy vegetable as well as water house plants and irrigate the garden.  It is good for cutting the lawn if you want the grass to grow slowly.  It is unfavorable for cutting and pruning fruit trees and preserving and canning fruit.  As the air feels cool and damp outside, avoid outdoor painting.  Also a good time for setting 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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Weekly Update, April 6, 2020

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

Monday, April 6, 2020

Moon goes into Virgo at 8am and stays there until Thursday at 10am, with the Full Moon occurring around midnight on Tuesday.  This means that we waxing Virgo on Monday.  In general this brings cooler days and the ground is cold.  It is a good time to re-pot house plants, shrubs, trees and over wintering geraniums.

Waxing Virgo is a good time to sow the lawn with seed and plant or transplant trees and shrubs.  It is a good time to open the soil to expose underground mold.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

All day is unfavorable to plant or harvest as the Moon is in perigee (closest to Earth) and it is a Full Moon.   Focus on other activities not related to plants such as office work, emails, equipment maintenance.  If you have veggies to harvest in the greenhouse, do it on the preceding day, Monday.  Chicks that are hatched closest to the Full Moon are healthier, and are more immune to parasites and lice.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Moon is waning and still in Virgo.  This is a good time to turn or tend the compost pile or start a new compost pile.  Also, this is a good time to repair fencing as the new posts will stay in longer.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

From 8am the Moon is in the air sign of Libra.  This is a good time to plant flowers in the greenhouse, including flowering herbs such as St. John’s Wort or borage.  As the Moon is waning in an air sign such as Libra, it is a good time to clean out the animal shelters, pens, and cages.  Dust spider webs away.  Spring cleaning for animal care.

Friday April 10 to Sunday April 12, 2020

After 2pm the Moon is waning and in Scorpio and remains until Sunday afternoon.  Excellent day for loosening up hard or tough dirt that requires a lot of muscle.  Good day for digging compost.   If you are house cleaning you will find molds are easier to clean away with water and vinegar.

The quality is damp and cool.  It is a good time to plant any medicinal herbs such as borage, basil, and mint.  Water your house plants.  Also good for planting leafy vegetables such as lettuce, kale and swiss chard as bolting and will be prevent now.  Good for mowing lawns on the waning Scorpio.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday evening, the Moon crosses the Sun’s path (South Node) and moves into Sagittarius.  This is a gray area and a time for non-plant related work.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Moon is in Sagittarius and begins its ascending cycle.  Sagittarius brings the quality of dryness and warmth, and relates to the sciatica, hips and thighs.   Avoid heavy lifting this day.  It is a good time to plant beets in greenhouse.  A good time for pruning fruit trees and dealing with above ground pests such as aphids and flea beetles, but avoid heavy weeding that could affect the lower back.


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 the following 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 can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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