Do you sync your life to the moon cycle? This might be the perfect activity for you to try…
There are many ways in which we can sync our lifestyles around the moon, and the phenomenon is only growing in popularity. From our beauty routines to dietary options, more and more of us are making choices according to the lunar cycle, but have you tried moon gardening? While the concept was first developed in the agricultural revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, gardening by the moon, and using biodynamic methods, is something that we’ve since lost touch with. Not any more, though. This idea is being reawakened in the 21st century and the concept is growing further in practice.
It’s quite common to confuse moon gardening with biodynamic gardening,
and many people believe that they are one and the same thing. Although rooted in the same foundations, they are, in fact, quite different. However, both methods take an entirely organic approach as a base level and then extend the nature of organic gardening to a more purified level.
In terms of moon gardening, the focus is on how the lunar cycle influences the land in which we grow plants. It’s of little surprise that the moon’s gravitational pull influences the movement of water through the soil, plants, and seeds – everything that exists on earth, in fact. This means that, regardless of the location, your garden will respond to the influence of the moon accordingly, whether this is a balcony terrace or a country estate, a simple potted tomato on a windowsill or an ornate French vegetable potager.
Syncing with the cycle
Following a 28-day cycle through an elliptical orbit, the moon has four quarters, which you’ll need to be aware of when moon gardening. In the first quarter, it grows (waxes) from almost nothing, through a crescent, to a half-moon. The second quarter sees it continue to grow (waxing gibbous) into a rich, full moon, before entering the third quarter. The next two phases see the moon shrink again (waning gibbous) to a half-moon, and then to a crescent (waning crescent) in the fourth quarter. It’s these phases that are the easiest to see, understand and work by when gardening. A growing, waxing moon (for example, a moon that’s getting bigger) has an opposing effect on the strength of earth’s own gravitational pull, resulting in water being drawn up into plants, seeds and leaves. This means that a waxing moon, particularly in the second quarter of this phase, with it strong pull on the water, is the best time to sow your seeds for optimum germination.
This feature is extracted from Moon Gardening by Matt Jackson (CICO Books, £12.99).
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