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May 2020

Weekly Update, May 25, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today the waxing Moon is still in Gemini (flower).  This is a nodal time between the ascending and descending forces.  The quality this day is bright, airy and light.  Plant anything that wants to grow tall or climb, such as morning glory, sunflowers, or hops.  Sugar snaps like warmer weather and some varieties grow tall.  Also plant any kind of flowers.  Mow the lawn if you want to increase growth of the grass.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Cancer (leaf) with descending forces.  The air quality is damp and humid.  This is a beneficial time to plant leafy vegetables such as chard, kale and herbs such as sage and chives.  It is a good time to combat above ground pests such as aphids.  One way to deal with aphids is to place fresh cut nettles in water for 24 hours and use the liquid to spray on the plants as a tea for pests.  It is also a good time to prune plants that are grown for leaves to encourage more leaf growth such as bayberry and raspberry bushes that are grown for medicinal purposes.  Cut the lawn and water indoor and outdoor plants.  Dowse to find well water.  It is unfavourable to plant plants that want to grow tall such sunflowers, morning glories, hops and pole beans.  It is unfavourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs as they will bleed too much.  Do not make preserves nor paint outdoors.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 28-30, 2020

On Thursday the Moon is in Cancer until 9am (see Wednesday for details).  Then the Moon transitions into Leo around noon.  Leo is associated with the fruiting part of the plant.  The Moon is waxing and descending until Saturday, May 30th.  The air quality is dry, warm and fiery.  This is a beneficial time to harvest herbs, especially herbs for the heart.  Plant grains if the field is still damp.  Prune tomatoes and other fruit bearing vegetables and flowers.  Seed grasses, lawns and pasture fields.  Plant fruits such as melons and cucumbers.  Water well because Leo is a fiery sign.

Sunday, Monday, May 31 and June 1, 2020

The waxing descending Moon is in Virgo (root).  The air quality is associated with cooler weather.  The ground may feel cool.  This is a beneficial time for all types of planting, seeding and transplanting.  Virgo days in general are good for any type of garden work that requires a lot of strength.  Turn the compost.  Apply compost to garden plants.  As Virgo is a root sign this is a good time to combat underground pests.  It is unfavourable to plant lettuce which will bolt quickly and also unfavourable for preserving.


 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, May 18, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Waning Moon in Pisces (leaf) with ascending forces.  The air quality is damp and cool.  This day is beneficial for seeding and planting leafy vegetables such as kale and chard.  Depending on the location and the outdoor temperature it may be too warm to plant spinach or bach choy and other leafy vegetables, as they may go to seed right away.  It is also good for weeding and mulching and cutting the lawn if you want to slow down the growth of the grass.  The waning Moon is a factor here for the growth of grass and grass is a leaf plant.  It is also good to water indoor plants and those in the greenhouse, but it is unfavourable for cutting fruit trees, preserving fruits and vegetables and painting outdoors.  Harvest only those vegetables, such as asparagus, that are to be used immediately for meals, not for fermenting or pickling.

Wednesday, Thursday, May 20-21, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day qualities are dry and warming.  The ground feels warm.  This is a beneficial time to plant below ground vegetables such as beets, carrots and potatoes.  The key factor here is that the ground is warm enough to receive these seeds, seedlings and tubers.  This is a good time to preserve fruits and vegetables.  Apply compost as needed to veggie gardens and weed as needed.  One suggestion is to place a layer of compost on the ground before planting the carrots.   Moon in Aries signifies a good time to start things—such as building bird house, bat houses and shelters to encourage insect eating predators.  They need these shelters to keep dry and warm.  It is also a good time to paint outdoors and set fence posts.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Moon is in Taurus up until 2pm on Sunday, May 24th.  On Friday the Moon is still waning until 2pm when it conjuncts the Sun (New Moon).  After 2pm the Moon is in a waxing stage.  No matter what sign the New Moon is in take time to rest during this transition time—animals, people and plants react to this New Moon energy.   The air quality is cool and earthy.  In the morning, before 2pm, plant root vegetables in the ground such as onions.  Start or turn the compost.  Paint outdoors and set fence posts.  All of the above is unfavorable after 2pm. 

Saturday, Sunday, May 23-24, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  This is a great time to plant trees, hedges and shrubs. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Gemini (flower).  This is a nodal time between the ascending and descending forces.  The quality of these days is bright, airy and light.  Plant anything that wants to grow tall or climb, such as morning glory, sunflowers, or hops.  Sugar snaps like warmer weather and some varieties grow tall.  Also plant any kind of flowers.  Mow the lawn if you want to increase growth of the grass.


 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, May 11, 2020

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

Sunday and Monday, May 10-11, 2020

The Moon has moved into Sagittarius.  A fire/fruit sign.  The Moon is waning.  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The weather is dry and warm because it is a fire sign.  This is a good time to plant fruit bearing trees and bushes, such as raspberries, hops and grape vines. 

Some people consider beets and carrots more like a fruit, so you can choose to seed and plant these underground vegetables now, or you can do it on a root day.  If you want to plant any vegetable for seed saving purposes, this is a good time to do it.

It is favourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs.  Add compost to fields.  Add mulch around vegetables and fruit trees.  This is a good time to combat above-ground pests.  The air is dry and warm and good for painting outside.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 12-14, 2020

On Tuesday the Moon starts off in Sagittarius (fruit) waning.  By noon, the Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) waning with ascending forces, and it stays here until the afternoon of Thursday, May 14.  The air quality is earthy and cold.  This is a beneficial time for weeding, mulching, creating garden pathways, and planting or seeding root and winter vegetables.  It is also good for clearing debris around hedges and tree lines, starting or turning the compost pile and combating underground pests.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 14-16, 2020

The Moon stays in Capricorn until Thursday at 3pm and transitions into Aquarius by 6pm.  It stays in Aquarius until Saturday, May 16 until 4pm.  Aquarius is a flower sign.  The Moon is waning and ascending.  The air quality is light and airy.  Plants seem to take up more light now.  Be conscious of this light energy.  This is a beneficial time for weeding.  Be sure to leave the un-seeded weeds to rot and form mulch along the garden beds.  It is beneficial to sow flower seeds.  It is unfavourable for transplanting or re-potting plants.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, May 17-19, 2020

During Saturday evening the Moon moves into Pisces and stays there until Tuesday, May 19.  Pisces is a leaf sign and the Moon is waning and ascending.  The air quality is damp, wet and cool.  The earth does not dry out completely.  Be sure to avoid walking in the garden to minimize compaction.  Stay on the pathways.  This is a good time to plant and seed leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse.  Water indoor and greenhouse plants.  It is also good to cut the lawn and set fence posts.  It is unfavourable for cutting or pruning any fruit trees.  The sap flows upwards while the Moon is ascending, so cutting branches will cause the sap to bleed.  It is not a good time to preserve vegetables or fruit, nor to paint outdoors. 


 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, May 4, 2020

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

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.

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Moon is in Virgo from Monday, May 4th to Wednesday, May 6th at 6pm.  Virgo is associated with the root part of the plant and the Moon is waxing and descending.   Virgo can bring cooler days.  In general this is a good time for all kinds of garden work—seeding, planting and transplanting.  This is a good time to plant individual trees that will grow high and shrubs and hedges that will grow fast.  It is good to re-pot potted plants including the ones in the greenhouse, for example moving tomato plants to bigger pots.  It seems appropriate that this may also be a good time to re-seed your hay and pastures fields with perennial grasses, and is also a good time to seed or re-seed lawns.  Turn your compost and/or add compost accelerators.  For example, add fresh grass clippings, cow or chicken manure, or chopped up comfrey or nettle leaves if the plants are tall enough.  Spread compost on the garden and especially around fruit trees.  Combat pests that are in the ground such as moles or grubs. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The entire day is greyed out.  The Moon is at perigee, which means that it is closest to the earth and imposes greater gravitational and electromagnetic forces.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

There is only a five hour window in the middle of the day when the Moon is in Virgo, waxing and descending, that is useful for gardening.   See details for Monday.  In the early evening the Moon moves into Libra.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Full Moon at 8am Eastern Daylight Time.  This Full Moon is close to the Moon’s perigee and is given the name Super Moon.  This is the last of four Super Moon’s in 2020.  The Moon is now waning.  Libra is a flower sign and there are descending forces.  Libra imposes a neutral energy.  This is a good time for seeding and planting flowers and flowering herbs, painting outside and setting up fence posts.  When the Moon is waning, It is always a good time to mulch the gardens and to put down woodchips for pathways.  If you mulch when the Moon is waxing the mulch flies away or get washed down the hill.

Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, 2020

Moon in Scorpio, leaf, waning, descending forces.  It will feel damp and cool.  This is a good time for seeding, planting, harvesting, and drying any and all medicinal herbs.  For example nettle.  It is also a good time for seeding and planting any leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce, and for thinning out some of the extra seedlings.  To slow the growth of grass, cut the lawn when the Moon is in Scorpio.  Water indoor plants and set fence posts.  It is absolutely unfavourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs.  Do not cut down trees for firewood because the wood does not dry out completely.  Avoid outdoor painting.

Sunday and Monday, May 10-11, 2020

The Moon has moved into Sagittarius.  A fire/fruit sign.  The Moon is waning.  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The weather is dry and warm because it is a fire sign.  This is a good time to plant fruit bearing trees and bushes, such as raspberries, hops and grape vines.  

Some people consider beets and carrots more like a fruit, so you can choose to seed and plant these underground vegetables now, or you can do it on a root day.  If you want to plant any vegetable for seed saving purposes, this is a good time to do it.

It is favourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs.  Add compost to fields.  Add mulch around vegetables and fruit trees.  This is a good time to combat above-ground pests.  The air is dry and warm and good for painting outside.


 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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