When something is blooming, it is cool

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

Have you noticed all those locust trees blooming so luxuriantly lately? Well, according to folk wisdom, theyre to blame for this protracted cool snap weve been enduring which has forced folks to fire up their furnaces again, break out their winter coats, and generally grouse about the weather.

What weve been enjoying is Locust Winter just as weve enjoyed Wild Cheery Winter and Dogwood Winter, still having Blackberry Winter before us even though my esteemed friend Mr. Keenan Bishop says its Blackberry Winter now!

Folk wisdom has it that whenever anythings in bloom in the spring therell be a cold snap. So far folk wisdom has been pretty accurate, unfortunately.

And guess what this weathers doing to the soil temperature? You got it, keeping it cool, cool, cool. Even though were now statistically past the danger of frost, that doesnt mean the good earth will warm up too quickly. The warm rain helps but we need some warm days and nights too!

Now, if its dry enough to plant this week, heres the information according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

Moon is dark

The moon is in the dark phase now. Until the next new moon or no moon visible in the sky at 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, plant only those veggies that produce beneath the ground.

Then beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing until the next full moon on June 11, plant above-ground producers.

According to the signs of the zodiac, today is a great day for planting anything that produces beneath the ground. The moon, of course, is in the dark phase and the sign is in Pisces (the feet), one of the four most productive signs.

All planting should cease Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when the sign moves to Aries (the head). Reserve these days for killing, deadening, cultivating anything but planting.

Great planting returns Thursday and Friday when the sign moves to Taurus (the neck) another of the four most productive signs. On either of these days you may plant anything that produces beneath the ground.

Three bean days are on tap for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 27-29. The moon will move to the light phase at 1:25 a.m. May 27, as Ive said several times here, so all three of those days will be perfectly suited for planting beans and we all love a good mess of beans from the garden! But only beans on these days, please.

Outstanding general planting is on tap May 30-31 for above-ground producers when the sign moves to Cancer (the breast) another of the four most fruitful signs.

In summary: If the weather is cooperative and your ground is dry, between May 25 and 31 you could plant anything and everything in your garden beginning with below-ground producers May 25-26, beans only on May 27-29 after the moon moves to the light phase, and any above-ground producers (including beans) May 30-31.

How about pumpkins?

A reader e-mailed me this week asking when to plant pumpkins. I told the reader after the moon moves to the light phase and specifically on May 30-31 when the moon is in Cancer (the breast), one of the four most fruitful signs.

I welcome your questions! Dont hesitate to call me at 223-8422 (home) or 227-4556 (The State Journal) or e-mail me at pcase@state-journal.com. If you have questions about different varieties of plants, contact Kim Cowherd, horticulture agent at the Franklin County Extension Office (695-9035) or one of our many fine local nurseries.

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