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

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