Gardening with the moon: knowing the essentials

The moon influences the tides, the garden… Get to know its powers and equip yourself with a lunar calendar: it will help you make your garden a success!

Experienced gardeners have observed that plants flourish according to the cycles of the moon but also to their correspondence with the appropriate days. “Plants, in their growth and behavior, evolve under the influence of the moon, and as little as they are edible, it touches us closely. To respect their development, from growth to consumption, a protocol must be followed, ”writes Brigitte-Bulard Cordeau in her book Le petit livre de la lune. Here are some ideas ...

Crescent, waning moon

Waxing moon:(C-shaped upside down)

Between the new moon and the full moon, this is the perfect time to preserve the health of plants by preventing them from diseases, attacks by insects, fungi or by providing them with the necessary care.

Waning moon:(C-shaped)

The taste of fruits and vegetables is all the more appreciable when the picking takes place on a waning moon.

This is when they are packed with nutrients. And the full moon then offers a real cocktail of vitamins.

Moon rising, falling

What is the difference between the rising moon and the falling moon in the garden.

Descending moon:

as the moon descends to Earth, the sap flows down to the roots.

For gardeners, this is the time to perform in-depth work.

We choose not only the period of the waning moon but also the root days, which correspond to the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.

Rising moon:

When it moves away from the earth, the moon is ascending.

Once sown, the seeds are subjected to the ascending moon which makes them grow faster by pulling them upwards. Because when the moon rises, the sap rises with it.

Sow in the waxing moon is therefore ideal : Plants are resistant and may remain immune to attack by aphids, Colorado beetles and other slugs.

In contrast, it is the hellish moon waning moon.

Good to know about the moon ...

You also need:

- avoid gardening during lunar knot hours

- plant carrots, turnips, onions and potatoes during "root days" (signs of earth)

- plant fennels, leeks, parsley, basil, perennials and leafy shrubs in "leaf days" (water signs)

- plant artichokes, cauliflower, broccoli and flowering plants such as lilac, magnolia, tulips, roses in "flower days" (air signs)

- plant cucumbers, eggplants, melons, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and fruit trees in “fruit days” (signs of fire).

  • To read: The little book of the moon, by Brigitte-Bulard Cordeau (Chêne editions).

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

  • To discover: our lunar calendar for gardening with the moon

Visual credits: Moon and garden: © Vovan - Tomato picking © Laurent Hamels Fotolia Plantation: © DLeonis Fotolia

Video: Planting By The Moon. (September 2021).