Planting by the Phases of the Moon

One of the most controversial aspects of the grow biointensive method is Alan Chadwick's method of planting seeds and transplanting seedlings according to the phases of the moon. Short- and extra-long-germinating seeds (which take approximately 1 month to germinate) are planted 2 days before the new moon, when significant magnetic forces occur, and up to 7 days after the new moon. Long-germinating seeds are planted at the full moon and up to 7 days afterward. Seedlings are transplanted at the same time. Both planting periods take advantage of the full sum of the forces of nature—which are greatest at the new moon—including gravity, light, and

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When the stems of cucumbers, melons, squash, pumpkin, and gourds grow into the path, turn the stems back into the bed's growing area to keep walkways clear. The stems prefer the more humid miniclimate in the growing area and will stay there.

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When the stems of cucumbers, melons, squash, pumpkin, and gourds grow into the path, turn the stems back into the bed's growing area to keep walkways clear. The stems prefer the more humid miniclimate in the growing area and will stay there.

  1. Charles Morrow Wilson, Roots: Miracles Below—The Web of Life Beneath Our Feet (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968), p. 105.
  2. The lunar gravitational pull that produces high tides in the oceans and water tides in the soil is very high at the new moon. And the moon, which is dark, gets progressively lighter. (See the drawings.) The exact day on which you plant or transplant is not as important as generally taking advantage of the impetus provided by nature.

if you place short-germinating seeds in the ground 2 days before the lunar tide forces are greatest, the seed has time to absorb water. The force exerted on the water in the seed helps create a "tide" that helps burst the seed coat in conjunction with the forces produced by the seed's swelling. No doubt you have wondered why one time beet seeds come up almost immediately and another time the germination process takes 2 weeks in the same bed under similar conditions. Temperature and moisture differences, pH changes, and humus levels may influence the seeds in each case, but the next time you note a marked difference in germination time, check your calendar to determine the phase the moon was in when you sowed the seeds. You may find the moon had an influence.

Looking at the drawing of the moon's phases, you can see that there are both increasing and decreasing lunar gravitational and light force influences that recur periodically during the lunar month. Sometimes the forces work against each other, and sometimes they reinforce one another. When the lunar gravitational pull decreases and the amount of moonlight increases during the first 7 days of the lunar cycle, plants undergo a period of balanced growth. The decreasing lunar gravity (and the corresponding relative increase in Earth's gravity) stimulates root growth. At the same time, the increasing amount of moonlight stimulates leaf growth.

During the second 7 days of the lunar cycle, the lunar gravitational force reverses its relative direction, and it increases. This pull slows down the root growth as Earth's relative gravitational pull is lessened. The moonlight, on the other hand, continues to a peak, and leaf growth is especially stimulated. If root growth

PLANTING BY THE PHASES OF THE MOON

2 days before new moon First 7 days Second 7 days m <<((((

Plant short- and extra-long-germinating seeds (most vegetables and herbs) in flats and/or beds

Balanced increase in rate of root and leaf growth

Moonlight + Lunar Gravity -

Increased leaf growth rate

Moonlight + Lunar Gravity +

has been sufficient during previous periods, then the proper amounts of nutrients and water will be conveyed to the above-ground part of the plant, and balanced, uninterrupted growth will occur. This time of increasing gravitational, moonlight, and magnetic forces gives seeds that have not yet germinated a special boost. Seeds that did not germinate at the time of the new moon should do so by the full moon. Alan Chadwick said it is during this period that seeds cannot resist coming up, and mushrooms suddenly appear overnight.

During the third 7 days of the lunar cycle, the amount of moonlight decreases along with the lunar gravitational pull. As the moonlight decreases, above-ground leaf growth slows down. The root growth is stimulated again, however, as the lunar gravitational pull decreases. This is a good time to transplant, since root growth is active. This activity enables the plant to better overcome transplant shock and promotes the development of a good root system while leaf growth is slowed down. Then, 21 days later, when leaf growth is at a maximum, the plant will have a developed root system that can provide it with sufficient nutrients and water. This is also the time to plant long-germinating seeds that take approximately 2 weeks to germinate; they will then be ready to take advantage of the boost from the high gravitational pull of the new moon.

During the last 7 days of the lunar cycle, the lunar gravitational force increases, and root growth slows down. The amount of moonlight decreases and also slows down leaf growth. This period is one of a balanced decrease in growth, just as the first 7 days in the lunar month is a period of balanced increase in growth. The last 7 days, then, is a rest period that comes before the bursting forth of a period of new life. Short-, long-, and extra-long-germinating seed crops are listed in the Master Charts later in this chapter.

A planted seed bursts its seed coat around the 28th day of the lunar month and proceeds into a period of slow, balanced, and increasing growth above and below ground, passes into

KEY:

Q New Moon First Quarter

O Ful1 Moon

Fourth Quarter + = Increasing — = Decreasing

Full Moon

Third 7 days

Fouth 7 days

New Moon

Germinating Seed

Transplant short- and extra-long-germinating seedlings from flats into beds and plant extra-long-germinating seeds (most flowers) in flats and/or beds

Increased root growth rate Moonlight -Lunar Gravity -

Transplant short- and extra-long-germinating seedlings from flats into beds and plant extra-long-germinating seeds (most flowers) in flats and/or beds

Increased root growth rate Moonlight -Lunar Gravity -

Balanced decrease in rate of root and leaf growth (resting period) Moonlight -Lunar Gravity +

Balanced decrease in rate of root and leaf growth (resting period) Moonlight -Lunar Gravity +

English Haws watering can.

English Haws watering can.

Haws Valves
Special upward-pointing Haws watering rose.
Growing Period Ross Breeders
Ross watering fan attached to a valve unit.

Ross watering fan attached to a variable water pressure gun.

Ross watering fan attached to a variable water pressure gun.

Planting The Moon Cycles

a period of stimulated leaf growth, then goes into a period of stimulated root growth (getting ready for the next period of stimulated leaf growth), followed by a time of rest. This plant growth cycle repeats itself monthly. Plants are transplanted at the full moon so they may begin their life in the growing bed during a time of stimulated root growth to compensate for the root shock that occurs during transplanting. (It is also vital that the plant's root system be well developed so it can later provide the leaves, flowers, vegetables, fruits, and seeds with water and nutrients.) The transplanted plant then enters a time of rest before beginning another monthly cycle. The workings of nature are beautiful.

Planting by the phases of the moon is a gardening nuance that improves the health and quality of plants. If you do not follow the moon cycles, your plants will still grow satisfactorily. However, as your soil improves and as you gain experience, each gardening detail will become more important and will have a greater effect. Try this one and see.

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  • Brian McIntyre
    When to plant what vegetables moon calander?
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    How and what to plant using moon phases?
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    Do you plant root vegetables by the light or dark of moon?
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