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

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