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Planting by the Light of the Moon

By Sharon
April 6, 2012

Aunt Bett said, "Listen to the moon. It'll tell you when to plant." I think she was real close to being right.

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threegardeners
Apr 5, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Which is which? I never could them right...

Is waxing before the full moon or after? or is that waning?
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Sharon
Apr 5, 2012 7:11 PM CST
I thought I clarified that in the article, didn't I?? Ugh. My fault.

Waxing is before the full moon during the time the moon is getting fuller, lighter; waning is after, when it's getting smaller and darker.

Like a wave, going up it waxes, going down it wanes.
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Apr 5, 2012 7:24 PM CST
Sweet story, good advice!
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Sharon
Apr 5, 2012 7:27 PM CST
Thanks, Sandi.
Hope all is well down your way.
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Apr 5, 2012 7:30 PM CST
Thanks Sharon!!

Awesome article Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Apr 5, 2012 7:50 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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GordonHawk
Apr 6, 2012 6:35 AM CST
very nice story Sharon... always nice to hear the old methods remembered and passed along... lots of folks have never had someone to let them know of the old ways...
One of the things I would love about planting at night,, in the full moon .. was digging in the dirt in AL .. and seeing the glow worms sparkle in the soil as I turned it over to plant.. it was magical.. and spritual.. and strength building.. there was an old song about the glow worms... I remember hearing.. maybe I can find it ...
Thanks again for telling the stories..
OOH... here is the Mills Brothers singing it in '57... the song goes back on broadway in 1907 and translated from the German to get there then...
seems it was more lightning bugs flying in the song.. but as larvae in the soil where I'd see them... they glow when disturbed then also.. as worms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8myK93FqbYc
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Sharon
Apr 6, 2012 7:49 AM CST
Without even clicking on YouTube I already remember: "Glow little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer. . . "

I used to dance around all over the creeks and hollows singing that song, Gordon. Thanks for reminding me.

The old ways had value, a depth of spiritualism that we don't often find anymore. I know exactly what you mean. It took me years before I realized the value in what I'd been taught. Fortunately, the older I get the more I remember and the more value I place on those memories, those ways.

Thanks for reminding me about those night time experiences, I had honestly forgotten about the little worms glowing in the soil. Magical, wasn't it?

And thanks for reading the article.
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duane456
Apr 6, 2012 2:22 PM CST
http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com/phases.html
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Sharon
Apr 6, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Wow Duane! Thank you so much.

That's quite full of information, even detailed.
So much better than my memory.
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duane456
Apr 6, 2012 9:36 PM CST
I can't say I worry about when I'm planting things. Some people really do swear by it though. I plant things when "I" have time.
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Sharon
Apr 6, 2012 10:08 PM CST
I guess we all do that, Duane. But I still try to plant lettuce and tomatoes before the full moon and onions after. Little things like that become habitual. We have about 10+ days between the first quarter and full moon and between full and last quarter. That gives me plenty of time to decide when, as long as I plant the right thing during that 10+ days.

I almost always have more than I need of whatever I plant. Flowers included.
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HappyJackMom
Apr 9, 2012 9:36 AM CST
Thanks for the reminder Sharon. I had forgotten about my Grandpa Gillis planting by the phases of the moon! If I remember right, it seems to me that he always purchased a copy of "The Old Farmer's Almanac" every year. And I see that the 2012 edition is out for those of us that are forgetful. Whistling Me forgetful? *Blush*

http://www.almanac.com/
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Sharon
Apr 9, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Hi Donna,

You're right, we always had the Old Farmer's Almanac, always.

And why do you think I write all these articles, Donna? Gotta get them written down, lest I forget!
Must be true about all of us. Green Grin!

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