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October 2020

Weekly Update, October 19, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, October 19-20, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  If you have harvested all your vegetables and slugs had been a pest in your garden, let your chickens roam around in that area to feast on the slugs.  Another way to deter slugs is to mulch oak leaves and spread them in the garden around acid loving plants such as blueberries and rhododendrons.

Mow the lawn.  Add grass clippings to garden paths or compost.  Harvest herbs for your culinary and medicinal needs – sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, lemon verbena, and mint.  This is also a good day to dowse for a well, seed spinach in the greenhouse or a tunnel. 

As it is several days before the next Full Moon , this is a good time to start weaning calves.

On Tuesday there is a six hour window of no gardening when the Moon crosses the Sun’s path – 8am to 2pm EDT.

Wednesday, Thursday, October 21-22, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius (fruit).  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth. 

Cut back finished flowers and stalks and them to the compost pile.  Clear the garden beds, remove stalks and finished, withered tomato vines.  Avoid harvesting for storage.  Beets, carrots and potatoes are best harvested on a waning Moon.  Proceed with fall cleanup in the perennial gardens; rake leaves and store for later use in the gardens (mulching is better done on a waning Moon).

On Thursday, the Moon has moved further into Sagittarius (fruit) with stronger ascending forces.  Prune ever-bearing raspberry bushes if they have finished fruiting. 

Friday, Saturday, October 23-24, 2020

By Friday 8am EDT, the waxing Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good day to clip nails on cats and dogs as well to take care of hoofs on livestock. 

While weeding in Capricorn is preferred on a waning Moon, time is pressing to put the gardens to rest for winter, so you may have to do what needs to get done.  If all the vegetables have been harvested let the chickens and ducks to clean up hibernating pests out of the ground. 

Sunday, Monday, October 25-26, 2020

By noon on Sunday, the waxing Moon has moved into Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Weeding is now preferred as the roots will come out easily and weeds can be left on the ground to rot. 


 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, October 12, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 12-14, 2020

The waning Moon is in 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.  If you have extra cucumbers, you can make a brine fermentation.  This is a better time to harvest the last of the tomatoes, even green ones, and make green tomato chutney or store them to ripen.  Place the green tomatoes on newspaper in a single layer and cover.  Check daily for ripening.  Make butter and yogurt.

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 water and mulch around these trees, shrubs and berry bushes after they are planted.  Mulching is best done on a waning Moon. 

Harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs that you want to dry, such as tomatoes and ground cherries.  Dry them in a dehydrator or in oven at a low setting.

Sweep out and dust out sheds, barns and tool sheds.  This is an unfavorable time for weeding.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 14-17, 2020

After 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, the waning Moon is in Virgo with descending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  Virgo days are great days to plant or transplant in the garden.  Houseplants and other tender plants that were in pots on the patio can be repotted and gradually brought inside so that they can acclimatize to the warmth indoors. 

Thursday is a good day to work with the compost pile.  Either turn the compost or start a new one with leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, kitchen scrapes, etc.   Turn the manure pile.  If your compost is ready to sit over the winter, apply the biodynamic compost preparations.  Check and repair fences, set fence posts, and finish your pathway projects.

There are several interruptions while this Moon is in Virgo.  The New Moon occurs on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 4pm (EDT) and the Moon is at perigee at 10pm (EDT) that same day, resulting in a 24 hour grey out area, which is not recommended for working in the garden.  Generally it is a time to rest around a New Moon.

On Saturday, now that the Moon is waxing, all the Virgo chores apply except the compost work and fence repairs.

Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2020

If it has been done already, start a natural deworming of sheep, goats and cattle (ruminants) for the next two weeks and finish on the Full Moon.

By 6pm (EDT) on Saturday, the waxing Moon has moved into Libra (flower) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  This is a good time to clean out sheds and barns.  Air them out well.  Cleans garden and farm tools.  Harvest flower seeds. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  If you have harvested all your vegetables and slugs had been a pest in your garden, let your chickens roam around in that area to feast on the slugs.

Mow the lawn.  Add grass clippings to garden paths or compost.  Harvest herbs for your culinary and medicinal needs – sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, lemon verbena, and mint.


 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, 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

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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