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September 2020

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

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, September 14, 2020

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

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, September 7, 2020

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

Monday, September 7, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  This is a good time to harvest all vegetables that are meant for storing or preserving.  Making apple jelly, crab apple jelly and/or grape jelly as well as making tomato sauce, salsa and any type of fermentation.  Add well- rotten old compost around fruit trees and shrubs and near winter vegetables such as carrots and beets.  Prepare the garden for winter vegetables by cutting back the cover crop such as sorghum grass or buckwheat  and applying compost.  Be sure to let the cover crop stay and rot on the ground.  The Moon in Aries provides warmth and the compost the ensure rapid degradation.  Set fence posts with rocks not cement.  Note that the waning Moon focuses the energy downwards.  This is a good time to re-mulch garden paths as the mulch will stay longer and not degrade.  With the Moon in Aries and waning, it is also a good time to spread straw or other mulch on open areas in the garden.

Looking ahead with the plan to plant lettuce in a few days, prepare the ground by cutting back cover crops or using grass clippings and cover the area well (1/2 inch) with rotten compost.  The grass clippings with provide the necessary nitrogen for the lettuce.  Be sure not to disturb the roots of the ground cover as the compost cover will force them to die and rot.  The roots are necessary as they hold water.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 8-10, 2020

After 7pm on Tuesday, the waning Moon has moved into Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy.  This is a good time to harvest tomatoes and other vegetables for drying.  If the potato tops are turning brown or already brown, Moon in Taurus is a good time to harvest potatoes.  There are many different types of potatoes and some of them are still perfectly green, so leave them until later.

Turn the compost or start a compost pile with grass clippings, straw, kitchen waste, garden waste (even tops from the potato and wood chips.  Continue mulching garden paths and mulch around the base of shrubs.  Harvest winter vegetables such as carrots and beets for storage:  they can also be fermented or stored for future fermentation.  It is a good time to set fence posts with rocks instead of cement. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

To combat aphids, soak nettles in water for 24 hours, and to combat flea beetles, soak catnip in water for 24 hours.

Friday, Saturday, September 11-12, 2020

The waning Moon is now in Gemini (flower) and at the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces.  The day quality is light and airy.  Check the entire garden very thoroughly for above ground pests and combat them accordingly (see notes for Thursday, September 10).  If you have extra nettle or catnip water, save it to water the garden later, for example on Sunday and Monday which are leaf and water days.

Harvest medicinal flowers, such as calendula, for drying or place them in oil to make an oil extract.  The oil extract will be the basis for the making of salves. 

Prune back old raspberry and blackberry canes that have finished fruiting.  Also, prune very young fruit trees that were planted this past spring.  By pruning even six inches of these young stems the tree will branch out more next year.  If weather permits, paint outside.   Set fence posts with rocks, not cement. 

Sunday, Monday, September 13-14, 2020

On Sunday, the waning Moon has moved into Cancer (leaf) after 9am 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 beds.  Water these seeds with the left over nettle and catnip water, and water other green leafy plants as well.  Continue pest control of above ground pests; hand picking the bugs and placing them in soapy is a good option. 

Cut back cover crops such as oats and leave on the ground to rot.  Be sure to cover this layer with compost.  If it has not rained for awhile, water the garden thoroughly as the Moon in Cancer helps the water be better absorbed by the earth.  It is unfavorable to store vegetables as the damp air could create a tendency for the vegetables to rot.  It is also not a good time to make preserves because the fruit may not set as things will be too watery.  Also avoid setting fence posts because it is too damp and the wood will rot faster.


 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

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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