Weekly Update, September 21, 2020

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

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The September Equinox (equal day/equal night) occurs close to 10am EDT in the morning.  The inward journey which began on the June summer solstice becomes for pronounced.  Planet Earth is half way towards the winter solstice.  This is a time of inner and outer balance.

The waxing Scorpio (leaf) Moon with descending forces brings with it an air and day quality of wet and damp.  This is a good time to mow the lawn and place the grass clippings in the compost or turn the compost and add the grass clippings in between the layers.  Seed kale and mustard greens for tunnel production.  Water the compost heap if there has not been a lot of rain, or keep the compost covered.  As the Full Moon is only one week away, this is a good time to start weaning the calves or livestock. 

Also, if the first frost has hit your garden, start cutting back frozen plants and apply the leaves and stems to the compost heap, or leave the cuttings on the ground.  Lorraine Schmid prefers to leave the root systems of these plants in the ground over winter as they become good fodder for microbes.  These root systems help stabilize the soil, especially in the winter.

Divide leafy perennials such as hostas, or herbs as chives or sorrel.  Water well during these transplanting. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Moon crosses the Sun’s path around 9am EDT and based on Maria Thun’s research a six hour window of avoiding working with plants is recommended.  From 11am to 3pm EDT the waxing Scorpio Moon offers garden opportunities as described for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

From 6pm EDT onward, the waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius with descending forces bringing an air and day quality of warmth of dryness.  Sagittarius is the turning point between the descending and ascending forces. 

If above ground pests are still a problem, make your natural remedies on Wednesday evening with the Moon in Sagittarius. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Sagittarius (fruit) with ascending forces.  Use the pest remedies made the day before and apply them to above ground pests.  Harvest fruit such as tomatoes, eggplant and cucumber for seed saving.  If the garden rows were prepared last week, according to our suggestion, plant winter cover crops such as rye and winter wheat today. 

Fall is the best time lay the groundwork for a new garden.  Using the no-till way, this can be done by layering various materials such as wood chips, garden soil, old cuttings from veggie plants, straw, compost, and grass clippings.  The Sagittarian Moon provides warmth and ascending forces to this work. It is unfavorable to split and cut firewood and weed on this day.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Before noon the waxing Moon is in Sagittarius (fruit) with ascending forces and the recommended chores are describes for Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 25-27, 2020

From noon on Friday until 7am EDT on Sunday, a 42 hour window of avoiding work with plants is recommended.  At 7pm on Saturday, Venus crosses the Sun’s path and based on Maria Thun’s research it is recommended that for short term and long term plant survival that work in the garden be avoided.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

By 7am EDT, the waxing Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) with ascending forces and the air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to harvest root vegetables for storage.  It is not a good time to fermentation as the waxing Moon may cause the fermentation, such as sauerkraut, to dry out.  Making a brine ferment, for example pickles or cucumbers, may be more appropriate.  If there is time, weeding can be done, although it is better to weed during a waning as opposed to a waxing Moon.  It is more important to prepare the garden rows and take the compost temperature and turn the compost if the temperature is more than 145°F.

Monday, September 28, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Aquarius (flower) by 4am EDT with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is light and airy.  This is a good time to prepare existing gardens for winter.  Weed the rows and cut back veggie plants to ground level.  Leave the leaves and other cuttings on the ground or move them to a compost pile.  It is also a good time to clear out and air barns and sheds to prepare them for the livestock to return for winter months.

 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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