Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team
Monday, Tuesday, November 9-10, 2020
The waning Moon is in Leo (fruit) with descending forces. The air and day quality is warmth and fiery. If you still have onions in your garden, this is a good time to harvest them. If your onions have completely dried, put them into storage. There is still time to dig up canna lilies, dahlias and other flower bulbs and place them in a root cellar for the winter. Harvest your potatoes and carrots and prepare them for storage. Harvest cauliflower and cabbage and prepare them for storage. If you have beets in the garden, you should harvest and prepare them for storage as well. Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus and tulips.
This is a good time to prune fall-bearing raspberry bushes and plant fruit trees. Be sure to add lots of compost, mulch and water to these young trees. Apply tree guards on these trees and feed them with compost and mulch. Plant garlic and mulch the bulbs with straw. Preserve pears, apples and other fruits. Repair fence posts. Put your dried herbs in jars.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 11-13, 2020
The waning Moon has moved into Virgo (root) with descending forces. The air and day quality is earthy and cool. Continue to plant garlic bulbs and mulch them with straw. Plant individual trees in your food forest—nut trees, oak, and black walnut. Depending on the weather, turn your old compost and continue to add brown and green matter to your active compost. Transplant small trees and shrubs, even berry shrubs. Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus and tulips. Dig up your canna lilies and other flowering bulbs, let them dry out, and put them into storage. This is a good time to repair fence posts and harvest cabbage for winter storage. Put your dried herbs in jars.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
The Moon is in perigee, closes approach to the Earth, with a 24 hour grey out time in the calendar for this day. For more information about the waning Moon in Libra, see previous weekly reports.
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.
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.
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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