Weekly Update, October 5, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 5-8, 2020

The waning Moon has moved into Taurus (root) by 2pm EDT on Monday with ascending forces and remains there until 11am EDT on Thursday. The air and day quality is earthy and cool. Taurus represents strength. This is a good time to start a new compost pile with all of your grass clippings, vegetable debris and flower cuttings. You can also add non invasive weeds, household food scraps and eggs shells. Be sure to layer your compost with brown material such as straw, egg cartons, newspapers and old leaves. Finish the top of the compost pile with soil with existing old compost. Turn your pre-existing compost pile as well as your manure pile. Consider work on stone and wooden garden paths. Cut down trees that are meant to be milled for floor boards. Harvest anything that you want to store as dried food. If your carrots, beets and potato tops are starting to go brown, you can consider these vegetables for storage.

If your potted plants are finished, clean the plants out of the pots and add them to the compost pile. Move the pots, still containing most of the soil into winter storage. At least half of the pots should be empty so that next year a compost soil mix can be added to replenish the nutrients.

On Wednesday from 6pm to 11pm EDT there is a six hour window when the Moon crosses the Sun’s path (ascending node). It wise to avoid working in the garden during this time.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 8-10, 2020

The Taurus Moon moves into Gemini (flower) after 2pm EDT. Gemini is an Air sign and associated with the flower part of the plant. At the early part of Gemini the ascending forces turn to descending forces. The air and day quality is light and airy. This is a good time repair and set fence posts in gravel. Harvest seeds from flowers and medicinal flowering herbs. Be sure to let them dry well before placing in storage. Gently clip back young fruit trees. Also, this is a good time for weeding and mulching as the mulch stays in place better in a waning Moon. This is an unfavorable time to cut wood for heating as most likely it will not burn well.

On Friday the waning Moon has moved further into Gemini and the descending are much stronger.

Saturday, Sunday, October 10-11, 2020

By 6pm EDT on Saturday the waning Moon has moved into Cancer (water/leaf) with descending forces. The air and day and quality is damp and wet. Now is a good time to mow the lawn and place the grass clippings into the compost, or start a new garden. The clippings can be used in layers between straw and compost in the new garden, or even to build up the soil in an old garden.

Cut back vegetables and add cuttings to the compost. If leafy vegetables such as lettuce, arugula and kale have gone to seed, harvest the seed and dry them in an open jar.

In northern, cooler climate, plant spinach seedlings in tunnels outside and cover them with row covers (in this way there are two layers of protection). This food will last until the middle of December and even sprout again the following spring, if the roots stay intact.

This is an unfavorable time for preserving and storing vegetables because the air and day quality is damp and wet which can cause mold.

Monday, October 12, 2020

By 6am EDT the waning Moon has moved into 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. 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 mulch around these trees, shrubs and berry bushes after they are planted. Mulching is best done on a waning Moon.

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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