Moon Times for Planting

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The general suggestions are these...

Plant vegetables that bear crops over the ground in the waxing moon; that is, from new moon to full moon.

Plant Vegetables that yield edible roots in the waning moon; that is, from full moon to dark moon.

Here is a calender for 2015 based on biodynamic moon time planting. Scroll down several pages for individual months and details about when to sow, transplant and harvest.


Vegetables also have astrological associations ( a lot of this is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner and his associates in Biodynamic research).

For anyone who wants to read his lectures on gardening they are archived here as The Agricultural Course.

(His vast amount of lectures on other topics are here.)


At the new moon, the lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes the seeds to swell and burst. This factor, coupled with the increasing moonlight creates balanced root and leaf growth. This is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples are lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and grain crops. Cucumbers like this phase also, even though they are an exception to that rule.

Second quarter imageIn the second quarter the gravitational pull is less, but the moonlight is strong, creating strong leaf growth. It is generally a good time for planting, especially two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground, but their seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Mow lawns in the first or second quarter to increase growth.

Full Moon imageAfter the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots. This is a favorable time for planting root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also good for perennials, biennials, bulbs and transplanting because of theactive root growth. Pruning is best done in the third quarter, in the sign of Scorpio.

Fourth quarter imageIn the fourth quarter there is decreased gravitational pull and moonlight, and it is considered a resting period. This is also the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune. Mow lawns in the third or fourth quarter to retard growth.

Astrological Vegetables...

Aries image

Aries- A fire sign. Barren and dry. Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, destroy weeds and pests.

Taurus image

Taurus- An earth sign. Productive and moist. Second best for planting and transplanting. Good for root crops and potatoes, especially when hardiness is important. Also a good sign for leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage and spinach.

Gemini image

Gemini- An air sign. Barren and dry.Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, destroy weeds and pests. Melon seeds respond well in this sign.

Cancer image

Cancer- A water sign. Very fruitful and moist. The best sign for all planting and transplanting. Also good for grafting, and irrigation.

Leo image

Leo- A fire sign. Very barren and dry.Cultivate, harvest root and fruit for storage. An excellent time to destroy weeds and pests in the fourth quarter.

Virgo image

Virgo- An earth sign. Barren and moist.Some flowers and vines are favored by it. Cultivate and destroy weeds and pests.

Libra image

Libra- An air signs. Semi-fruitful and moist. Best sign for planting beautiful and fragrant flowers, vines and herbs. Good for planting pulpy stems like kohlrabi, and root crops.

Scorpio image

Scorpio- A water sign. Very fruitful and moist. Best planting sign for sturdy plants and vines. Tomatoes like to be transplanted in Scorpio, and it is a good sign for corn and squash. Graft or prune in the third and fourth quarter to retard growth and promote better fruit. A good sign for irrigation and transplanting.

Sagittarius image

Sagittarius- A fire sign. Barren and dry.Harvest roots and onions for storage, and plant onion sets and fruit trees. A good sign in which to cultivate the soil.

Capricorn image

Capricorn- An earth sign. Productive and dry. Good for planting potatoes and other root crops, and for encouraging strong hardy growth. Good for grafting, and pruning to promote healing, and applying organic fertilizer.

Aquarius image

Aquarius- An air sign. Barren and dry.Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, destroy weeds and pests. Good for planting onion sets.

Pisces image

Pisces- A water sign. Very productive and moist. Second best sign for planting and transplanting. Especially good for root growth and irrigation. 

Source ~

Lunar Planting for March 2015...various suggestions.

1st-5th A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
6th-8th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
9th-10th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Excellent time for planting root crops that can be planted now. Also good for leafy vegetables.
11th-13th Barren days, do no planting.
14th-15th Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.
16th-17th A barren period, best suited for killing plant pests. Do plowing and cultivating.
18th-19th Good for planting cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops.
20th-21st Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
22nd-23rd Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
24th-25th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
26th-28th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits.
29th-31st A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.

~ from the Farmers Almanac

Moon calendar for March - astrological phases of moon

March 2015

Mar 01 Leo Lion (Heart)
Mar 02 Leo Lion (Heart)
Mar 03 Leo Lion (Heart)
Mar 04 Virgo Virgin (Bowels)
Mar 05 Virgo Virgin (Bowels)
Mar 06 Libra Balance (Reins)
Mar 07 Libra Balance (Reins)
Mar 08 Libra Balance (Reins)
Mar 09 Scorpio Scorpion (Secrets)
Mar 10 Scorpio Scorpion (Secrets)
Mar 11 Sagittarius Archer (Thighs)
Mar 12 Sagittarius Archer (Thighs)
Mar 13 Sagittarius Archer (Thighs)
Mar 14 Capricorn Goat (Knees)
Mar 15 Capricorn Goat (Knees)
Mar 16 Aquarius Waterman (Legs)
Mar 17 Aquarius Waterman (Legs)
Mar 18 Pisces Fishes (Feet)
Mar 19 Pisces Fishes (Feet)
Mar 20 Aries Ram (Head & Face)
Mar 21 Aries Ram (Head & Face)
Mar 22 Taurus Bull (Neck)
Mar 23 Taurus Bull (Neck)
Mar 24 Gemini Twins (Arms)
Mar 25 Gemini Twins (Arms)
Mar 26 Cancer Crab (Breast)
Mar 27 Cancer Crab (Breast)
Mar 28 Cancer Crab (Breast)
Mar 29 Leo Lion (Heart)
Mar 30 Leo Lion (Heart)
Mar 31 Virgo Virgin (Bowels)

More detailed suggestions from Om Journal on Daily planting schedule for March 2015.

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  • Bumping this to link to some lunar calendars

    Purposes are more general than gardening. Health can be a lunar thing too, especially re surgeries. If possible try to follow the maxim attributed to Hippocrates of not touching the part of the body with iron that is being influenced by the moon at that time. It takes about 2 to 3 days for the moon to move through the signs. Here is a good lunar calender, which tells the signs... (Scroll down to get the monthly lunar signs). Here is what parts of the body are ruled by different lunar phases... (remember Capricorn being also skeletal, rules teeth, so keep that in mind for dentistry). If possible avoid surgery of any kind 4 to 5 days before and after Full Moon. Virgo is the best sign overall for serious surgery, but quite hard to arrange that, as it is a couple of days a month and maybe weekend! But any fixed sign is next best - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius (except if the moon is ruling that part of the body on the date). 

    I should have written a separate post on this - I was sure I had but apparently not. is a slightly different calendar...given just day by day overall kind of observations. I don't know how relevant they are, but for interests sake ...

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