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

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