Of course, people have been observing the Moon for many thousands of years and there are many signs in this area. The natural satellite of the Earth really influences many processes taking place on our planet, in particular, it causes tides. But in the field of the influence of the Moon on the life processes of plants, including cultural ones, no serious research has been carried out. Perhaps this is why there is no evidence that the lunar calendar actually works..
But let’s not deny the experience of our grandparents, many of whom simply hung the lunar calendar in a prominent place, and observing the phases of the Earth’s satellite has become an ineradicable habit. So, what kind of gardening work is advised to do in one or another lunar cycle?
The first phase of the moon.This is the first week after the new moon. It is believed that during this period all the vital plant juices move upward, from the roots, because the root system itself is actively developing and filling with strength, transferring it to the shoots. In the first phase of the Moon, plants get stronger and begin to actively develop. A very favorable period in order to transplant plants, sow seeds and plant seedlings, water, feed, carry out a growth-stimulating pruning.
It is recommended to sow and plant cabbage, celery, parsley, greens, cereals, cereals and cucumbers in the first phase of the moon.
Second phase of the moon.It is also considered an active period in the development of the aboveground part of plants, because their vital juices continue to rise. At this time, it is recommended to harvest cuttings, plant fruit trees, sow seeds and plant seedlings. It is also advisable to carry out weeding, because the weed root system is weakening. Do not forget about watering, because it is believed that during this period the plants need a lot of moisture especially..
It is recommended to plant tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, peppers, beans, green onions, all plants that curl and creep. You can successfully transplant plants, top dressing, it is useful to loosen the soil.
The third phase of the moon.There is a waning period after the full moon. Now the life force of the plants goes to the roots. That is why at this time it is advised to plant all root crops and tuber-bulbous plants. This is the period of formative pruning, cutting flowers for bouquets, root feeding. In addition, it is time to harvest the root crops for long-term storage..
In the third phase of the moon, it is recommended to plant beets, potatoes, turnips, other plants in which everything useful and important for the gardener is formed in the ground, as well as to do winter planting.
The fourth phase of the moon.It is believed that the level of vitality of plants is now at a minimum level, so it is advisable to do weeding, thinning, pinching, pest control, loosening the soil and digging.
Let us state: the first two lunar phases, the period of the growing moon, are considered the period of growth of the aboveground part of plants, and the last two phases of decline are considered the root system. Gardeners who believe in the lunar calendar are convinced that if you plant tomato seedlings during the waning moon, they will wither or the harvest will be weak. In turn, a sad fate awaits the potatoes planted with the growing moon, because all the power will go to the tops.
New moon and full moon.These are special days when, according to the lunar calendar, it is better not to interfere with the life of plants at all, because there is a transition from one life rhythm to another.
The day before and immediately after the full moon, you can fertilize, mulch the soil, collect seeds, medicinal herbs. On the new moon, only pest and weed control should be done, but planting, transplanting and sowing seeds will end in a bad harvest.
In a lunar and solar eclipse, you should not be engaged in a garden and a vegetable garden.
In addition to the phases of the natural satellite of the Earth, fans of the lunar calendar pay attention to what sign of the zodiac the Moon is in.
All signs of the zodiac are divided into the following groups:
- Fertile – Pisces, Taurus, Scorpio, Cancer.
- Semi-fertile – Capricorn, Sagittarius, Libra.
- Infertile – Virgo, Aries, Leo, Aquarius, Gemini.
It is clear that fertile signs are favorable for planting almost all plants, but infertile ones are not. At the same time, the sign of Leo is considered completely sterile, and Aquarius is sterile, with the rest of the infertile, not everything is so simple – for some plants Virgo, Gemini and Aries can be quite favorable.
In particular, it is better to plan pest and weed control for the sign of Leo and Aries, compost is successfully laid in Scorpio, and organic fertilizers are applied during the period of fertile signs.
A bit tricky, right? In general, in a month the Moon will pass all 12 zodiac constellations, stopping in each for about two and a half days, but the influence of the zodiac sign is felt most strongly on the first day.
Again, we recall that there is no scientific confirmation of the signs and rules of the lunar calendar presented by us. We think when planning work in the garden and vegetable garden, first of all, one should be guided by common sense, take into account the peculiarities of the climate, soil, current weather conditions, the requirements of a particular type of plant. And if you are plagued by doubts, well, you can look into the lunar calendar for this month to make sure that the time for planting zucchini is chosen correctly.