Don't Let Your Gardening Resolve Dissolve


Don't Let Your Gardening Resolve Dissolve

Is one of your New Years Resolutions to get a jump on your garden and keep up on all the little details that make a great garden? Perhaps your good intentions of starting early dissolve into your busy life. The seed catalogs are very enticing, so you order with grand plans, and then forget to start seeds at the right time.

The Gardening by the Moon Calendar for 2002 can help you keep your resolution and focus. Specific lists of vegetables and flowers tell you when to start seeds in flats, and when it is time to plant them out. It reminds you to start the fall garden when the harvest is coming in. Each month lists garden chores appropriate for the season, such as when to mulch, pinch back plants, and divide perennials. Each day shows what phase and sign the moon is in, so you can work with the forces of nature to achieve optimum results.

Lunar planting is a technique that can add more vigor to your crops, and get them started quickly. Based on the same principals as the tidal forces, the water rises in the soil at the time of the new and the full moon, and this extra moisture encourages growth. For annual crops that bear above ground, plant in the first quarter. For root crops, plant just after the full moon. These are the best phases for planting. Further refinements consider the astrological sign that the moon travels through every few days; the best planting signs are the water signs of Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. The calendar clearly shows when all the aspects are favorable.

The Gardening by the Moon calendar is available in three versions, for a short, medium or long growing season. The full color calendar costs $11.95, plus $2.50 shipping. You can order one from Divine Inspiration, PO Box 2503, Guerneville, CA 95446, or order on line at

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