Weekly Update, August 10, 2020

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces until Tuesday at 7pm.  The air and day quality is warm and dry and possibly fiery.  This is a good time to harvest and store cereal grains, sow and plant anything that is meant to grow fast for example peas, apply soil amendments to fruit and vegetable gardens.  Sow and plant underground vegetables such as carrots and beets and harvest, store and preserve fruits and vegetables.  It is also a good time to bring in the second cut of hay, make butter, clean off root cellar storage shelves, preserve fruits and vegetables and mulch the garden.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, August 12-14, 2020

The waning Moon is in Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is cool and earthy.  One feels grounded.  This is a good time to plant root vegetables, turn the compost, set up manure heaps, place vegetables in storage, preserve root vegetables and harvest any produce that will be dried, such as kale for chips, herbs and tomatoes.  It also a good time to combat in-ground soil pests, set fence posts, paint outside and mulch the garden.  It is an unfavorable time to harvest medicinal roots.  When the Moon is in Virgo or Capricorn (both earth signs) it is a better energetic time to harvest medicinal roots.

Friday, August 14, 2020

The Moon crosses the Sun’s path around 4pm (EDT) imposing strong forces.  It is wise to avoid working in the garden for this six hour period of transitional time.

Saturday, Sunday, August 15-16, 2020

The waning Moon is now in Gemini (flower) with the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces.  The air and day and quality is airy and light.  This is a good time to paint outdoors, set fence posts and combat above ground pests.  Plant any kind of flowers.  Cut back young fruit trees a couple of inches so they can branch out more.  This is an unfavorable time for watering.

Monday, August 17, 2020

The waning Moon is in Cancer (water, leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to plant leafy vegetables and water the garden.  Cut the lawn and hedges to ensure that they grow slowly.  Combat above ground pests.  Pinch off leaves on the vegetables.  Add soil amendments and mulch the garden.  This is an unfavorable time for thinning or pruning fruit trees, persevering and storing fruits and vegetables, as well as setting fence posts and painting 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

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