Weekly Update, August 3, 2020

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

Sunday, Monday, August 3, 2020

With the Full Moon around 12 noon (EDT) the Capricorn (root) Moon brings with it an air and day quality of earthy and cool. 

With the Moon in Capricorn this is an excellent time to harvest medical roots, start or turn compost, weed the garden, combat in-ground pests, sow and plant root and winter vegetables such as beets, carrots and turnip, clear forest edges and ferment vegetables and fruits.

As this day is on the Full Moon, it is a useful time to harvest medicinal flowers:  otherwise the best time to harvest medical flowers is when the Moon is waxing and in a flower sign.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The waxing Capricorn (root) Moon brings with it ascending forces.  This is not a good time to harvest medicinal flowers, however all the other activities listed for Monday, August 3 apply for Tuesday up until 2pm. 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 4-6, 2020

After 5pm on Tuesday, the waxing Moon has moved into Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is light and airy.  In general, Aquarius days are unsuitable for most gardening tasks so focus only on what is necessary.  This is a beneficial time for weeding and painting outside.  Be sure to let the weeds to rot along the garden pathways.  This is an unfavorable time for watering as it will encourage pests.  The Moon stays in Aquarius until 3pm Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 7-9, 2020

The waning Pisces Moon (leaf) with its ascending forces bring with it an air and day quality of damp, wet and cool.  With the Moon in Pisces, everything that is harvested at this time needs to be consumed immediately.  Because of the strong, damp element, this is not a good time to preserve, ferment or store any fruits or vegetables, even herbs.

This is a good time to cut the lawn if you want it to grow back slowly.  It is also a good time to plant and sow leafy vegetables such as Swiss Chard, Arugula and Kale.  Water the potted plants and set fence posts.  It is unfavorable for pruning fruit trees, and preserving and storing fruits, painting outside and making butter, as the milk will be too watery.

Monday, August 10, 2020

The waning Moon has moved into Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  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 and prune fruit trees and shrubs. 

 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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