Weekly Update, November 16, 2020

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

Sunday, Monday, November 15-16, 2020

The New Moon occurs in Scorpio (leaf) on Sunday at midnight.  The Moon cycle moves from waning to waxing.   Scorpio is associated with the leaf part of the plant and the lunar forces are descending.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to harvest kale and swiss chard for the freezer.  You can also plant kale and swiss chard in tunnels and greenhouses.  Within the tunnels, you can cover these seeds with floating row covers and plastic.  Doing this planting now will allow you to leafy green vegetables right up until the end of December and extend your growing season.

Cut your lawn and add the grass clippings with leaves to the finished compost or turned compost piles.  This will act as a natural cover for the compost pile over the winter.  You can also cover the compost with a tarp for the winter months.  If you have not done so already, add biodynamic preparations to your compost pile.  Let chickens and ducks into the garden to feed on slugs and snails.  Harvest garlic chive seeds.  Clean off heavy persistent dirt in outbuilding, animals stalls and pens.  Clean off tools.

On Monday, the Moon crosses the Sun’s path resulting in a grey out time from 3pm to 9pm EST.  So take a rest from the garden chores during this time.  This is a good time to catch up on paperwork, repair equipment or go to town and do shopping or errands.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

After 9am EST, the waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius (fruit).  This is the nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  Gather berries such as sea buckthorn and goji if the weather is dry.

Wednesday, Thursday, November 18-19, 2020

The waxing Moon remains in Sagittarius (fruit) and the ascending forces are stronger.  The air and day quality is warmth.  This is a possible time to harvest and store grains such as corn.  Grains are best harvested with the Moon in Sagittarius.  Harvest above ground vegetables and gather berries.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19-21, 2020

After 2pm EST the waxing Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to store root vegetables and depending on the local weather, plant garlic.  However, wait until the waning Moon to mulch the garlic. Preserve root vegetables, for example ferment carrots and beets.

If necessary, it is time to trim to trim livestock hoofs and nails on cats and dogs.  Set traps for underground pests and rodents in the barn.

Lorraine remembers her grandmother’s teaching about not putting animals out to pasture, nor bring them home on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  So depending on your pasture growth and local weather, you may want to bring your livestock to winter housing.

Given that this is the end of this gardening season and your memory of what went on is still fresh, make notes and start planning for the next growing season with the help of the 2021 Celestial Planting Calendar.

Sunday, Monday, November 22-23, 2020

By 6pm EST Saturday the waxing Moon has moved into Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Finish weeding and your fall clean-up of flower beds and gardens.  Cut back perennials.  This is an unfavorable time for transplanting. 

 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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