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JULY 2011 Moon Gardening Guide


When is the best time to plant, prune, weed, feed, trim for growth, mow for reduction, seed, propagate, harvest or store products? Well according to many gardeners (me too), deciding on when is guided by which phase the moon is in (and which astrological sign too, but more on this topic in another article for those interested). There is another article on this site which is an introduction to Lunar or Moon Gardening and to follow on, here is a day by day suggestion calendar for JULY 2011 where the actions that suit the phase of the moon and the day come together.

Will anything die because I o not garden by the moon? No. Does everyone believe in this practice? No. What if I think using astronomy or astrology (later) is not an important or even an acceptable subject or study? No problem. Stop reading here, for what follows will not be of much interest to you and I promise that there will be another container gardening article put up for you very soon, so please look out for it. This article (and future monthly moon-phase gardening guides) will be clearly marked so you will be able to sort out those you want to read and those you donít.

Is gardening by moon phases really necessary ... after all there is so much to think about as it is? No, certainly not, but over thousands of years this practice has been followed, recorded, and is now refined to the extent that many gardeners think that the planning required around using the phases of the moon to guide their gardening actions is well worth their focused efforts.

As I am posting this article on 25th June 2011 I note that the current moon is a WANING crescent (28% of the full moon) and the NEW MOON (essentially the start of the lunar cycle for gardeners) is coming up now, very neatly I can say for us, on 1st July 2011. And just for the record and your forward planning I have summarised the dates of the NEW MOON for the rest of the year. I use the New Moon to mark my monthly start for my garden planning for a very obvious reason. Can you guess what it is?

Donít laugh now, itís because I get paid around about every New Moon so my budget can be revised accordingly and I plan my garden centre and nursery visits for now. I hope you are smiling as you read this as I am while I write. And then I use the days of the Full Moon to contemplate my plans, see what I am thinking of changing and then go ahead and do my homework and container work which again leads up to my New Moon pay day.

Well of course that is not a particularly scientific approach to writing or gardening, but it keeps me in check. I donít forget that at month end we are moving into the WAXING phase towards the mid-month (or so ) FULL MOON which then starts off the beginning of the WANING phases of the moon and subsequent gardening actions.

There will be a NEW MOON (dark moon) on

July 1st 2011 and again on July 30th 2011
August 29th 2011
September 27th 2011
October 26th 2011
November 25th 2011
December24th 2011

Here is the calendar for July. JULY 201l. The actions suggested are not written in stone Ė it is just that the more practised you become, the easier it becomes and the less you have to think about it. You will find that your results will show quite quickly (I hope that they do) so that you will give the system a fair enough chance to reap the benefits of what so many many people have done before you. Questions? Come to the forum and post them there and our group will help you answer them. And so to begin.

WAXING WAYS Ė 1st July NEW MOON
- Moisture from the soil and sap in the plants begins to rise.

F 1 Prepare soil; watering and fertilizing; compost and mulching
S 2 Prepare soil; watering and fertilizing; compost and mulching; mow lawns to increase growth; trim plants to increase growth
S 3 Prepare soil; mow lawns to increase growth; trim plants to increase growth
M 4 Prepare soil; mow lawns to increase growth; trim plants to increase growth
T 5 Sow and plant leaves; mow lawns to increase growth; trim plant to increase growth
W 6 Sow and plant leaves; mow lawns to increase growth; trim plant to increase growth
Th7 Sow and plant leaves; sow and plant fruit, sow and plant shrubs and flowers, sow and plant vine vegetables
F 8 Sow and plant fruit, sow and plant shrubs and flowers, sow and plant vine vegetables, watering and fertilising FIRST QUARTER
S 9 Sow and plant fruit, sow and plant shrubs and flowers, sow and plant vine vegetables, compost and mulching, watering and fertilising, cuttings and graftings
S 10 Sow and plant fruit, sow and plant shrubs and flowers, sow and plant vine vegetables, compost and mulching, watering and fertilising, cuttings and graftings
M 11 Sow and plant fruit, sow and plant shrubs and flowers, sow and plant vine vegetables, compost and mulching, watering and fertilising, sow and plant hot vegetables (like chillies)
T 12 Sow and plant hot vegetables, mow lawns to increase growth; trim plants to increase growth
W 13 Sow and plant hot vegetables, mow lawns to increase growth; trim plants to increase growth
Th 14 Sow and plant flowers and shrubs, Sow and plant fruit, trim pants to increase growth; mow lawns to increase growth, repot and transplant

WANING WAYS - 15th July FULL MOON
- Moisture from the soil and sap in the plants begins to fall.

F 15 Harvest, mow lawn to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
S 16 Harvest, mow lawn to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
S 17 Harvest, mow lawn to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
M 18 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, water and fertilising, repot and transplant
Tu 19 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, water and fertilising, repot and transplant
W 20 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, water and fertilising, repot and transplant, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
Th 21 Weeding, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth, pest control
F 22 Weeding, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth, pest control
S 23 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, compost and mulching, LAST QUARTER repot and transplant
S 24 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, compost and mulching, repot and transplant, Mow lawn to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
M 25 Sow and plant root crops and bulbs, compost and mulching, weeding, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth.
Tu 26 Weeding, harvesting, pest control, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
W 27 Weeding, harvesting, pest control, mow lawns to decrease growth, trim plants to decrease growth
Th 28 Repot and transplant, watering and fertilising, pest control, harvesting, soil preparation
F 29 Repot and transplant, watering and fertilising, pest control, harvesting, soil preparation
S 30 Soil preparation, mow lawn to decrease growth, NEW MOON trim plants to decrease growth
S 31 Soil preparation, mow lawn to INcrease growth, trim plants to INcrease growth

This is when you will find your GARDENNG NOTEBOOK or Journal a very useful tool as you fill it up with all sorts of observations, action notes Ďdates to doí and personal asides. It is such fun to read about what you were doing this time last year Ė and that muddy smudge on page umpty-one will remind you clearly of that Ö that flowered so nicely for you.

Are you new to Moon gardening? Well if it intrigues you then why not try it? It is easy enough to follow a pattern of actions regularly and together with the moon phases be prepared to harvest and prepare your containers for a touch of moonlight magic! Itís not magic actually; itís just the results that seem so.

What do you want your container garden to do?
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