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 June, July and August, 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.
JUNE MOON PHASE SCHEDULE:
June 1st-3rd: Waning Moon
June 4th: New Moon
June 5th-19th: Waxing Phase
June 20th: Full Moon
June 21-July 3rd: Waning Phase
Garden Chores to be done in June:
The month of June is a great time to prune any dead wood in shrubs and trees.
Plants with yellowing leaves can be treated with Iron Chelate.
To conserve water, apply a thick layer of mulch on top of your flower beds and around the trees and bushes
Feed roses, citrus trees, and the rest of the garden with fish emulsion or worm juice (natural alternatives to chemical fertilizers). Make sure you dilute these organic fertilizers well, as too much of a good thing can be too strong for your plants: 1 gallon of water + ¼ cup of fertilizer
Harvest onions, garlic and herbs for drying
Cut raspberries to the ground after fruiting
Give tomatoes, pole beans and tall perennials support.
Pinch side shoots on the tomatoes.
Hoe and cultivate the soil where needed and break up the surface.
Feed spring blooming shrubs such as azaleas, lilacs, and rhododendrons
Bait and trap earwigs, slugs and snails
Mow lawns to 3″ high.
Thin fruit trees and water deeply.
Deadhead lilacs and spring flowers.
Plant flowers that attract pollinators:
*Butterflies love flat daisy-like flowers, pentas, zinnias, single marigolds, cosmos, yellow lantana, and osteospermums.
*Hummingbirds love plants with tubular flowers like nicotiana, penstemon, and fuschia.
In your flower garden plant: alyssum, calendula, cosmos, cockscomb, cornflower, geranium, globe amaranth, impatiens, larkspur, morning glory, marigold, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, salvia, sunflower, and zinnia.
In your vegetable garden, plant tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash, cucumber, lettuce, leeks, corn, okra, pumpkin, basil, melon, turnips, carrots, beets, parsnip, radish, and cilantro, onion, bean, and peanuts.
This is the best time to plant avocado, cherimoyas, mango and citrus, such as the gorgeous and delicious Meyer Lemon.
Wash aphids off tender new growth by filling a spray bottle with water + add 1 Teaspoon environmentally safe dish-wash soap and spray the aphids right off the plant.
Another non-toxic method: Make a tea with nettles. Add ¼ cup nettle tea to a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Shake well and spray on aphids.
Following is a Moon Gardening calendar for June and which days are best for specific chores:
From June 1st-3rd, 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.
Mow your lawn to slow growth. First time Composters, start your composter during this period because the Waning Moon phase helps aid in the decomposing of plant matter.
Recommended days for these garden chores:
June 2nd: Water, compost and fertilize
June 4th: New Moon
June 5th-19th, 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 fruits are juicier.
Garden Chores to be done:
June 6th and 7th: Plant above ground annuals
June 10th and 11th: Plant flowering vines
June 13th and 14th: Plant above ground annuals, especially flowers and herbs
June 15th, 16th and 17th: Plant above ground annuals, especially tomatoes; pinch and prune for growth
June 20th: Full Moon
June 21st: Summer Solstice
June 20th day is the Full Moon, which is when water is at the highest level in the month and is a really good time for planting and gathering any herbs to be used for their essential oils because oil content is more concentrated at this time. The day of the Full Moon and also 2 days after, are the best time to prune, plant seeds (they germinate faster when planted at the full moon because they absorb more water) and also fertilize plants as close to the Full Moon as possible. Cut bamboo and sow a lawn or put down sod.
June 21st-30th, the Moon is in the waning phase again.
June 21st: Plant for root growth
June 22nd, 23rd and 24th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
June 25th-26th: Plant for root growth
June 27th-28th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
June 29th-30th: Water, compost and fertilize
“Organic gardening practices teach us how to plant in harmony with nature.”