Weekly Update, September 28, 2020

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

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.

Monday, Tuesday, September 28-29, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces and the air and day quality is light and airy.  This is a good time to prepare the garden for winter.  Cut back the dead vegetation to ground level and everything can be left on the soil.  Add the leaf litter to the compost.  In the perennial flower gardens start cutting back some of the flower stock that have died or dried up.  Add these cuttings to the compost pile.

This also a good time to clean and air out barns and sheds before the livestock return for the winter.  It is also a good time to harvest flower seeds. 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, September 30-October 2, 2020

The waxing Moon moves into Pisces (leaf) after 8am EDT with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to cut the lawn and save the grass clippings for compost as well as mulch for garden rows.  Thin layers of grass clippings can also be placed around perennials in the flower beds.  If there has not been much rain lately, water the compost pile and irrigate the garden , flower beds and greenhouse.

If you are in need of a well, Moon in Pisces are days that are good for dowsing for water.

This is unfavorable to cut the branches of fruit trees and shrubs.  Avoid harvesting fruits and vegetables for preserving, fermenting and freezing.  It is also unfavorable to undertake outdoor painting.

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Full Moon occurs at 5pm EDT and the energy changes from waxing to waning.

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the waning Moon in Pisces (leaf) is a beneficial time to replace fence posts.

 As the Moon is now waning, all types of mulching is beneficial: mulch garden paths with wood chips; mulch the garden with whatever materials are preferred such as straw, wood chips, leaves or grass clippings.

Saturday, Sunday, October 3-4, 2020

The waning Moon remains in Pisces (leaf) until 10am EDT and by noon it has moved into Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  Now is a good time to harvest fruits and vegetables to be immediately preserved, fermented or frozen.  It is also good to harvest, dry grains such as wheat and buckwheat.  Seed prepared garden beds with winter cover crops such as winter wheat or winter rye.   

Monday, October 5, 2020

The waning Moon remains in Aries until 11am EDT and by 2pm EDt it has moved into Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  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. 

 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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