Gardening by Moon's Phases in the Signs

The lunar phases mainly govern what types of planting to do and what type of activity is best.  The gravitational pull influences the moisture in the soil.  It is also considered unwise to plant or move any plants on the day when the Moon changes phase, so leave 12 hours on either side of each phase.  Choose Barren signs in the Waning phase to harvest your crop for storage.  Pick fruits and vegetables for immediate consumption during the Waxing phase.

During the increasing or waxing light—from New Moon to Full Moon—plant annuals that produce their yield above the ground. An annual is a plant that completes its entire life cycle within one growing season and has to be seeded each year. During the decreasing or waning light—from Full Moon to New Moon—plant biennials, perennials, and bulb and root plants. Biennials include crops that are planted one season to winter over and produce crops the next, such as winter wheat. Perennials and bulb and root plants include all plants that grow from the same root each year.

A simpler, less-accurate rule is to plant crops that produce above the ground during the waxing Moon, and to plant crops that produce below the ground during the waning Moon, Thus the old adage, "Plant potatoes during the dark of the Moon." Llewellyn Georges system divided the lunar month into quarters. The first two from New Moon to Full. Moon are the first and second quarters, and the last two from Full Moon to New Moon the third and fourth quarters. Using these divisions, we can increase our accuracy in timing our efforts to coincide with natural forces. Learn more about moon phases 'Calendars through the ages'.