Moon Gardening Spring 2015
As most long term readership realizes I’m a firm believer in the power of the moon. To reiterate many of my previous posts on the subject my interest in the moon is not based on some occult, arcane, mystical New Age-y type of belief but on observations throughout my life. Without repeating my previous posts I believe there is enough circumstantial evidence, i.e. human behavioral patterns, tides, as well as, other animals and even plants to indicate that the moon, being the largest and closest celestial body, does influence more than tides. In addition, there is some empirical research, (though not enough) to indicate that the various moon phases have a definite influence on gardening chores in particular, and farm life in general to warrant some experimentation by the small-holder to see the effects of gardening with the moon.
Toward this end, here at Hunny-Bunny I’ve decided to pursue this ancient folkloric method of gardening where possible. Since much of gardening is time-critical, most especially in spring and fall, I’ve had to deviate from strict guidelines of moon phase cultivation to take advantage of available time and weather conditions where necessary. For example, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday May 10th, 11th, and 12th, according to moon phases were times for destroying weeds. This was because the moon is approaching the last, or 4th quarter, commonly called the Waning Moon. This Waning Moon is diminishing to the Moon’s last visible crescent and precedes the New Moon, or first quarter phase. Thus, it is known to be a barren phase and the worst for any type of growth. Based on this characteristic any weeds plucked and destroyed will be less likely to rapidly regrow and less likely for the plucked plants re-root. Since I’ve missed this phase by only hours I will today weed my garden rows because to wait for another period of optimal weeding would set back the garden chores considerably.
In contrast, today Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the moon phase gardening, is considered a good time for planting root crops, transplanting, pruning for growth, and apply organic fertilizer. So in addition to removing weeds I will spend the day in the garden accomplishing as much of this as possible. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 14, will be ideal for harvesting so I will begin to harvest the asparagus bed.
To my mind, Moon Phase Gardening is an interesting new wrinkle to horticulture and oddly enough while it has been a method of gardening among both primitive and peasant gardeners for generations, even back to Biblical times, it has been little researched by science; perhaps because there is little money to be made from such research. Over the history of man’s agrarian experience Moon Phase horticulture has proven to be one of the folkloric methods of cultivation that is based on individual farmer’s observations and experience and does warrant experimentation by the backyard small-holder.
Meantime, for those well-wishers who may be wondering about developments with my ongoing melanoma condition, it would seem that all is apparently well. Besides scarring of the extensive sutures, indications are that all trace of cancer is gone. I say this with caution, however, because melanoma is an insidious form of cancer and can metastasize rapidly from just a few escaped and renegade cells. Obviously, I’m under carefully medical scrutiny and testing, and while I’ve not been 100% true to the alternative therapy, I’ve changed my lifestyle and most especially my eating habits considerably. Foremost has been the near elimination of refined and even natural sugars from my diet. Since cancer has an affinity to sugar this is clearly one of the most essential dietary changes to make. I’ve lost a good deal of weight and trimmed down not so much by intention, but simply by removing as much unnecessary sugar as possible.
Once again the kind thoughts and prayers were most appreciated during these last three months since my diagnosis.
Meantime, as the world situation continues to deteriorate and as man has still to learn that exclusion of God from the affairs of men is deleterious to men in particular and all life in general, we must continue to storm heaven with our Rosaries. It is the last, best recourse we have. Also, by the way since a reader asked, when I refer to the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I refer to original Rosary consisting of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries exclusively. Since the so-called Luminous Mystery is a man-made and recent introduction and largely serves as an anthropomorphic device to refocus devotion from God to man-centered prayer it has no place among Catholic Prayer. If three mysteries were good enough for Our Lady, there is no need for a “new and improved” version.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.