Planting By the Moon

As plants are approximately 90% water, it is believed by many gardeners that all planting should be done according to the phases of the moon.

The moon affects the movement of water on the earth and this is their reason for believing that the moon also has an effect on the growth patterns of plants.

Some people also believe that by planting according to the lunar cycles you will get tastier fruits from your plants and bigger, more vibrant colors from their flowers.

While many people don't follow this idea of planting according to the moon, it is surprising to see that there are a lot of people who will still follow the suggestions of recommended planting times even though they are skeptical.

There are some grounds to believe that the moon does affect the growth of plants, and quite apart from the aspect of the gravitational pull and the relationship to the movement of the water, there is the added belief that the amount of light that the moon emits during it's changing phases has a greater effect than some people first thought.

As plants are extremely responsive to the changes in light, which is called photoperiodism, it is correct to assume that the light from the moon could influence growing patterns.

Plants have been shown to respond to light levels that are lower than those experienced during a full moon so changes in moonlight would have an affect on them.

It is possible to buy calendars specifically for gardeners where the various planting times are listed for the different types of plants throughout the year according to the phases of the moon.
You might not believe the affect this can have on your garden but there is certainly no harm to plant by these suggestions.

You might just have a bumper crop in doing so.
"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures". ~Frances Bacon


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