🌙 Gardening with the Help of the Moon 🌙

The Farmer’s Almanac has printed a planting calendar based on the moon phases for over two centuries, but the moon’s effect on plants has been understood by mankind since ancient times.

So how do you use the moon’s gifts to their greatest potential in your garden? By understanding the effects of each phase, of course! 🌝

New Moon 🌑

During this phase, the moon pulls the moisture from the soil up towards the surface, causing seeds to swell and sprout. As the moon heads into her next phase, light levels increase with each night, stimulating root and leaf growth. Thus this is a great time for sowing seeds, as well as planting above-ground leafy veggies like lettuce, spinach and broccoli.

Best for: planting seeds 🌱

First Quarter 🌓

During the first quarter phase, the moon’s gravitational pull isn’t as strong. However, her light is growing stronger with each night, making leaves grow more vigorously. This is a great time to plant baby plants in your garden, especially in the last few days of this phase before the full moon comes, when nights are at their brightest! ✨

Best for: planting seedlings and young plants 🌿

Full moon 🌕

The gravitational pull of the moon is strongest when it is full, meaning the soil’s moisture level is at its highest for the month. This makes pulling weeds much easier! Hurrah! Important to note is that in the days between the full moon and the next phase, light levels decrease with each night, resulting in increased root growth. Why is this important? Two reasons: with roots growing faster and getting stronger each night following the full moon, weeds become harder to pull! Best to get all that you can on the day of the full moon, (or the days just before it). Another great part about this phase’s boost in root growth is that root vegetables and flower bulbs planted during this time get the best possible conditions to make themselves at home in your garden. 😊

Best for: planting root vegetables and bulbs, weeding the garden 🌷

Third Quarter 🌗

This is the resting phase. As the moon leans into darkness with every night leading to the new moon, things slow down in the garden. As such, this is the best time for reflecting on your garden as a whole. What needs tending and shaping up? What is not thriving and maybe needs to be moved or given a light feeding of fertilizer? This is a time for general maintainance before the new moon arrives and the cycle begins again.

Best for: transplanting, pruning, harvesting and fertilizing plants 👩🏻‍🌾

5 Quick Garden Tips!

Hi everybody! I've been seeing so much lately on gardening and plants and figured I'd throw in my 2 cents!

Here are some quick, partially witchy ways to improve your garden!

Moss Agate is your Best Friend

Moss agate is said to be the gardener's stone- and for good reason as well! In my experience, if a plant isn't looking so good and youre trying to fix that, put moss agate next to the base of the plant or plant in the soil next to the plant!

Water in the Morning or the Late Afternoon

I've found that these generally are the best time to water, since during the middle of the day the water evaporates more or the water gets warmer.

Talk to your Plants!

Plants not only make good company, they also enjoy hearing you talk to them! Encourage them to grow, compliment their leaves or stalks or flowers! Comment on how well they're doing or ask if they're okay when you tend to them!

Prune Prune Prune!

The majority of plants I grow, and most I read about, all say that pruning or cutting the plants back will promote new and better growth. Be mindful of wear and what you prune though. For example, an easy way to prune basil is just pull the leaves off. Their leaves are great for herbs in cooking or craft!

Save & Root Cuttings!

Another thing that many plants seem to share in common is the ability to root from cuttings. With basil or mint, you simply cut the plant right below the node (where the leaves grow). Make sure the cutting is around 3 inches long before you make the cut, then place the cutting in a cup of water and set it somewhere that gets sunlight. Usually within 2 to 3 weeks youll have enough roots to plant it in some soil.

I hope these tips help you with your gardens!!! 💚🌿🌱☘💚

Anonymous asked:

So I’ve never actually grown any plants because I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is, but I really want to get into it!!! Do you have any tips, or resources you could direct me to for a beginner to start a hydroponic herb garden?

Hi! I’m excited for you to get into growing plants! Herbs have always been a little tricky for me for some reason, but yea hydroponic gardens have been working pretty well! 

Then, here is an easy video on how to make a simple DIY non-circulating hydroponic system from recycled containers . I have more mason jars than containers, so I use those mostly. As you’ll see in the video, he rooted them in soil and then moved them to the hydroponic containers. It is much easier (and less risky to the roots) to just root sprigs in water to begin with.  

If you want to make a whole system with circulation and everything, I would recommend starting with these small non-circulating ones. But check out videos for small circulating systems as well! 

A few tips: - Use a dark container, or cover the container somehow (with duct tape, paper bags, or paint the jars black) so that sunlight doesn’t reach the water and cause algae to grow faster. 

- Hydroponic net pots/cups make it easier to remove the plant safely when you clean the water. 3″ ones fit wide-mouth mason jars perfectly. 

- How often to change the water can vary from plant to plant. For example, my hydroponic tomato plant gets it’s water changed weekly or every other week, onions get water changed every day, mint every 3 days or so, etc. Changing the water too often for some will result in nutrient deficiency and crisis 

-  Get one of those strip-tests for fish tanks that test the pH in the water. They only cost a couple bucks, and if your plants start to look sick you can test the water to rule out any pH issues. You want something between 5.5 and 6.5. 

- There are all sorts of possibly confusing nutrient formulas to mix together and then mix into the water, and I don’t really care for it lol. I just buy liquid or powdered plant food for veggies/herbs at garden sections of department stores (like the one in the link for rooting herbs in water) and just add it to the water directly. 

- Something else you might want to try your hand at is growing microgreens. They’re more simple than hydroponic herb gardens, and the fast growth is honestly rewarding :) 

- If you want to get into growing houseplants, I highly recommend the book How Not To Kill Your Houseplants  by Veronica Peerless