Eco Garden April 2016

Eco Garden April 2016
August 4, 2016 Christina Mullin

What to plant this month


What to plant this month


What to plant this month


What to buy at your local farmer's market


What to buy at your local farmer's market


What to buy at your local farmer's market

Moon Gardening by Priscilla Woolworth

Did you know that there is a connection between the Moon and the tides, and planting and gardening? Planting according to the phases of the Moon is the oldest form of gardening known to man. When planting your garden, the Moon’s position has an impact on how well your seeds will germinate, grow and develop based on how much moisture is in the soil.

Understanding this and timing your gardening chores according to the phases of the Moon is the basis of Moon gardening. Calendars are available here for March, April and May, including what to buy in season at your local farmer’s market and suggested vegetables to plant.

Please check out my blog about Gardening According to the Phases of the Moon, where I explain it in more detail.


April 1st-6th: Waning Moon

April 7th: New Moon

April 8th-20th: Waxing Phase

April 21st: Full Moon

April 22nd-May 5th: Waning Phase

Garden Chores to be done in April:

The month of April is a great time to plant flowers and vegetables!

Dig organic matter into beds and mulch as well, to suppress weeds and conserve water.

Start cosmos, sunflowers, and zinnias from seed. They are super-easy to grow, make nice cut flowers, and attract beneficial insects to your garden.

Be careful not to cover your plants or freshly sown seeds with too much mulch; best to mulch around them.

Thin seedlings: carrots, beets, green onions and lettuce.

Plant bare root roses, cane berries, grapes, artichoke, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberry.

If your tender perennials have frost damage, wait until all risk of frost has passed, because deadwood insulates healthy plant parts against late freezes. When it’s safe, prune damaged parts down to new growth buds.

Feed citrus trees with an organic fertilizer specified for citrus

Feed actively growing plants with fish emulsion or compost.

Wash aphids off tender new growth by filling a spray bottle with water and add 1 tsp. environmentally safe dish-wash soap and spray the aphids right off the plant. Works every time!

To get rid of sow-bugs/pill bugs from your seedlings, set traps made with rolled-up newspaper taped at one end.

Treat plants with chlorosis, a sign of iron deficiency (yellowing leaves) with organic chelated iron.

Plant calendula, carnation, chrysanthemum, columbine, coneflower, cosmos, cockscomb, cornflower, delphinium, dianthus, foxglove, fuschias, geranium, heliopsis, hollyhock, impatiens, larkspur, lavender, lupine, morning glory, marigold, nasturtium, nigella, penstemon, poppy, rudbeckia, salvia, statice, yarrow, zinnia.

For the bees especially plant lavender, rosemary, sage, angelica, yarrow, dill, fennel, sweet alyssum, Shasta daisies, sunflowers, coreopsis, black-eyed Susan, Goldenrod, lupine, and wallflower

Plant roses, cane berries, grapes, artichoke, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberry.

Good drought tolerant choices are sundrops, damianita,yarrow, California fuschia, lavender, penstemon and salvias.

Add to your herb garden: basil, chives, parsley, lemongrass, lemon verbena, mint and tarragon.

*Genovese basil is the best

In your vegetable garden, plant lettuce, tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash, cucumber, corn, okra, pumpkin, melon, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, celery, turnips, carrots, beets, parsnip, potatoes, radish, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, luffa and lettuce.

If you started your carrots, beets, green onions and lettuces last month, thin the seedlings now.

Following is a Moon Gardening calendar for April and which days are best for specific chores:

April 1st till the 6th, the Moon is Waning, and the energy of the earth is drawn down but the gravitational pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil and this energy goes into the roots making it a good time of the month to sow crops that produce their yield below ground and control plant growth by pruning, weeding, and controlling garden pests, as well as dividing perennials. This is the best time for garden maintenance because the growth cycle of plants decreases.  Fruit trees do best planted at this time of the month because the position of the moon encourages development of root growth and tree bark, essential to their success. This is also the best time to cut wood, because it resists parasites and cures better. Farmers pick their apples, cabbages, potatoes and onions at the Waning Moon, when water content is lowest and so the harvest stores better and keeps longer. Best time to dry herbs, flowers and fruit and the herbs are at their most potent. Also, add potassium fertilizer to plants that need it because it will be better absorbed at this time. Mow your lawn to slow growth.  First time composting, start your composting during this period because the Waning Moon phase helps aid in the decomposition of plant matter.

Recommended days for these garden chores:

April 1st-3rd: Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests

April 4th: Prune, water, compost, fertilize

April 6th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests

April 7th: New Moon

April 8th till the 20th, the Moon is in the Waxing phase, when the lunar gravitational pull brings the water up, which makes it a good time of the month to encourage plant growth and proliferation. Plant seeds, transplant, re-pot, trim and prune for growth. Also, fruits and vegetables that are tender and should be eaten immediately are at their best when gathered at the Waxing Moon, because the water content is higher, salads are crunchier, and juicier.

April 8th: Plant annuals, especially cabbages and leafy greens

April 12th and 13th: Plant hardy above ground annuals

April 17th: Plant flowering vines

April 19th and 20th: Plant above ground annuals, especially flowers and herbs

April 21st: Full Moon

The 4 days before and also 4 days after the Full Moon is the best time to prune, plant seeds (they germinate faster when planted at the full moon because they absorb more water) and fertilize plants as close to the Full Moon as possible. Cut bamboo and sow a lawn or put down sod.

The Full Moon is when water is at the highest level in the month. Best time to pick tomatoes. Harvest grapes to be used in winemaking as close to the full moon as possible because the grapes will retain more juice and bouquet. Gather any herbs to be used for their essential oils at the Full Moon because oil content is more concentrated at this time.

April 22nd: Earth Day

April 22nd and 23rd: Plant above ground annuals, especially tomatoes

April 24th and 25th: Harvest and cultivate; plant tubers and fruit trees

April 27th and 28th: Plant for root growth, divide perennials

April 29th and 30th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests

Happy gardening!

See you in May!