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 Daisy, C. 1982 (Blue on Blue)
Daisy, C. 1982 (Blue on Blue)
Warhol, Andy
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MOON GARDENING

Our gardening ancestors understood that  the moon's gravitational pull influenced  the tides of all the water on Earth, including the dew that settles on sprouting seedlings.

It seems there is enough evidence to the moon-gardening folklore that scientists have studied the moon's effect on plants.  A study done at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames, Iowa showed that soil tilled on moonless nights experienced dramatic drops in weed seed germination.  Researchers charting electrodynamic fields, or life fields,  in trees have found cycles directly related to the activity of the moon.

To find out, yourself, about the moon and the effect it has on your flower or vegetable garden here are some guidelines:

THE DECREASING MOON The period between the full moon to the new moon is the "waning moon" and is believed to be the best time for weeding, pruning, cultivating, harvesting and planting perennials below the ground.  This would include vegetables like carrots, turnips, potatoes and radishes.

THE INCREASING MOON The waxing moon is the period between the new moon and the full moon and is the best time to plant the seed of above the ground crops.  These would include cabbage, vines and leafy greens.  Moving or adding plants should also be done during the time of a waxing moon.

THE DARK MOON This is the period between waning and waxing, also called the new moon.  This is the ideal time for propagation.  It is believed that during the late evening of a dark moon is when soil should be turned.

THE FULL MOON The moon is considered full just before and after the astronomical full moon.  Seeds that need light to germinate should be sowed now. Night blooming flowers are at their most beautiful duing this phase of the moon.

 

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 A single ladybug may consume up to 5,000 aphids in it's lifetime. They are considered to be good luck because they help to save crops by consuming crop-damaging insects.Encourage ladybugs to live in your garden by placing a lady bug house nearby. Use Ladybugs as a natural pest control instead of toxic chemicals.

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Tip: Cut Bulb Foliage

Once daffodil, tulip, and hyacinth flowers die, leave bulb foliage until it yellows. The foliage will rejuvenate the bulb for next year's flowering. Once it yellows, cut the foliage off at the soil line.  

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