Weekly Update, October 12, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 12-14, 2020

The waning Moon is in Leo (fire/fruit) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is warm and fiery.  This is a good time to prune fruit trees.  If you have lots of tomatoes, beans or peppers, this is a good time to can and preserve them or make tomato sauce.  If you have extra cucumbers, you can make a brine fermentation.  This is a better time to harvest the last of the tomatoes, even green ones, and make green tomato chutney or store them to ripen.  Place the green tomatoes on newspaper in a single layer and cover.  Check daily for ripening.  Make butter and yogurt.

Autumn usually brings lots of rainfall, so this is a good time to plant deciduous trees, especially fruit trees and shrubs such as elderberry.  You can also transplant berry shrubs to new locations.  Be sure to water and mulch around these trees, shrubs and berry bushes after they are planted.  Mulching is best done on a waning Moon. 

Harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs that you want to dry, such as tomatoes and ground cherries.  Dry them in a dehydrator or in oven at a low setting.

Sweep out and dust out sheds, barns and tool sheds.  This is an unfavorable time for weeding.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 14-17, 2020

After 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, the waning Moon is in Virgo with descending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  Virgo days are great days to plant or transplant in the garden.  Houseplants and other tender plants that were in pots on the patio can be repotted and gradually brought inside so that they can acclimatize to the warmth indoors. 

Thursday is a good day to work with the compost pile.  Either turn the compost or start a new one with leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, kitchen scrapes, etc.   Turn the manure pile.  If your compost is ready to sit over the winter, apply the biodynamic compost preparations.  Check and repair fences, set fence posts, and finish your pathway projects.

There are several interruptions while this Moon is in Virgo.  The New Moon occurs on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 4pm (EDT) and the Moon is at perigee at 10pm (EDT) that same day, resulting in a 24 hour grey out area, which is not recommended for working in the garden.  Generally it is a time to rest around a New Moon.

On Saturday, now that the Moon is waxing, all the Virgo chores apply except the compost work and fence repairs.

Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2020

If it has been done already, start a natural deworming of sheep, goats and cattle (ruminants) for the next two weeks and finish on the Full Moon.

By 6pm (EDT) on Saturday, the waxing Moon has moved into Libra (flower) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  This is a good time to clean out sheds and barns.  Air them out well.  Cleans garden and farm tools.  Harvest flower seeds. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  If you have harvested all your vegetables and slugs had been a pest in your garden, let your chickens roam around in that area to feast on the slugs.

Mow the lawn.  Add grass clippings to garden paths or compost.  Harvest herbs for your culinary and medicinal needs – sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, lemon verbena, and mint.

 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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