Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team
Sunday, Monday, September 14, 2020
The waning Moon is in Cancer (leaf) with descending forces. The air and day quality is wet and damp. This is a good time to plant lettuce and other greens into prepared garden rows and or the greenhouse. It is also good to continue pest control of above ground pests and cut back summer cover crops such oats and buckwheat and leave the residue on the gardens to rot. Cover lightly with compost. This is the time to start the natural de-worming process on sheep, cows and goats.
If it has not rained recently, water potted plants and the garden well. Also water using diluted catnip and nettle leaves where needed (see previous week’s instructions). Cut the lawn and use the grass clippings as mulch or add them to the compost.
As the air feels damp, this is unfavorable day to harvest vegetables for storage. If making preserves, they may not set and will become too watery.
Tuesday, Wednesday, September 15-16, 2020
The waning Moon has moved into Leo (fruit) with descending forces. The air and day quality brings warmth and fiery. This is a good time to harvest and dry herbs, vegetables and fruit, for example peaches, rosemary, thyme and tomatoes. Cut back any unwanted branches of fruit trees and shred them up for mulch. Cut old dead trees for firewood and/or use them for the base of hügel gardens. Continue natural de-worming of sheep, cows and goats. This de-worming process is done just before the New Moon on Thursday and in general it is a good time for fasting and detoxing the body.
Make preserves or pies for the freezer. Plant short-season radishes in prepared rows; in this cooler weather they will be ready to harvest within 25-30 days. Now is a good season to plant fall perennials, ornamental shrubs and fruit trees because nature provides us with more rain and cooler weather. Of course, anything it is transplanted needs to be watered really well.
With Moon in Leo, this is a good time to lay stone for pathways. Plant winter cover crops, such as winter rye and winter radish into prepared garden rows. Set fence posts with rocks.
Avoid making ferments, as they may dry out in the heat of Leo. Take a break from weeding, as the roots are anchored well in the ground at this time.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Moon moves into Virgo (root) at 5am EDT and the New Moon occurs at 7am EDT, with descending forces. The air and day quality is earthy and cool. This is a good time to continue the natural de-worming of sheep, cows and goats. It is also good to cut the grass as the cooler weather and more rain in the fall encourages lawn growth. Moon in Virgo is suitable for work that requires lots of strength. It is also suitable for doing anything in the garden, for example, transplanting fruit shrubs, trees and ornamentals, such as lilacs and dividing and re-planting perennial plants, such as hotas, and herbs. It is unfavorable for preserving and storing vegetables.
Friday, September 18, 2020
According to the Celestial Planting Calendar, this entire day is grayed out as the Moon is in perigee, meaning the Moon is closest to the Earth at 10am EDT. The research done by Maria Thun says that germination is poor, most of the plants inhibited in their growth and are more subject to attacks from fungal diseases and pests.
This is a good time to do office work, errands in town or clean out the barn or sheds.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
The waxing Moon is in Virgo (earth/root) with descending forces. See details for Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
The waxing Moon moves into Libra (flower) with descending forces at 7am EDT. The air and day quality is airy and light. Now is the time to move livestock to new pastures. Libra is a more neutral sign and the animals are more complacent to change.
Monday, September 21, 2020
The waxing Moon remains in Libra (flower) until 10am EDT, with a three hour transition time into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces. The air and day quality will be cool, wet and damp. This is a good time to mow the lawn and save the grass clippings. You can also turn the compost and add the grass clippings to the pile so that the compost will heat up again and keep the pile cooking. Kale and mustard greens can be sown in tunnels in northern climate. It is too late and cold to plant lettuce and it bolt anyway as this is a waxing 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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