If the weather continues to hold, if it’s dry enough, if your ground is ready – and most importantly if you’re so inclined – beginning March 1 there are a few vegetables we can begin planting in the unprotected outdoor garden. These are the ones that enjoy cool air and soil temperatures.
Elsewhere in today’s Spectrum section, Kim Cowherd writes about seven steps for a successful garden. Take a few moments and read that: It’s very good information for the novice and veteran gardener, no matter what size your garden – be it a “plot” or a “pot!”
For those of you interested in the information on the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac for just this week since February’s not done until after Wednesday, that’s here with this column. And for those wanting to plan out the month of March, here’s the overview.
Gardening 2012 is about to pick up steam. We – Kim, Keenan Bishop and I – hope to be able to help you have a super successful experience. And don’t hesitate to contact Kim and Keenan at the Extension office (695-9035) or me at the ways offered elsewhere here.
March begins and ends with the moon in the light phase when planting should focus on above-ground producers. The light moon is in force until 4:40 a.m. March 8 when the full moon comes into force and then returns to rule at 10:37 a.m. March 22 with the light moon continuing until 3:19 p.m. April 6.
When the light moon is in force (through March 7 then most of March 22-April 6) proceed with only light-moon activities and planting above-ground producing veggies. Conversely, when the dark moon is in force (most of March 8-21) it’s below-ground producers. Check the list below for other dark-moon activities.
Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: March 2-4, 30-31, Cancer (the breast); March 12-13, Scorpio (the secrets); March 21-22, Pisces (the feet); March 25-27, Taurus (the neck). There are 12 days this month ruled by the fertile signs: Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces and Cancer. And, gardening folks, that’s a whole lot of fertile days in one month! I hope we have that many in May.
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fence rows – anything but planting: March 5-6, Leo (the heart) and March 23-34, Aries, (the head). There are four killing days, those ruled by either Aries or Leo. And that’s as few killing days as we can have in a month! I hope it’s that way in May, too!
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: March 14-16, Sagittarius (the thighs); March 17-18, Capricorn (the knees); March 19-20, Aquarius (the legs). Like last month there are seven days ruled by the so-so signs: Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers, blooming things in the greenhouse or for the house: March 7-8, Virgo (the bowels); March 9-11, Libra (the reins). There are five days this month ruled by the two flowering signs, Virgo and Libra.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force on March 1, 28-29. Gemini days are specifically “bean days” and it’s about two months too early for beans since they are not frost and/or freeze resistant. Gemini days are good for peas, too, and according to Home Gardening in Kentucky it’s safe to plant them beginning March 1. All the Gemini days in March are in the light phase of the moon too – above-ground producers.
Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
- If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. Check above for the right days.
- If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
- If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.
- If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery – anything that requires a change – here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet – Sagittarius through Pisces.
This month those days are March 14-21, eight days! The signs are in Sagittarius (14-16), Capricorn (17-18) and Aquarius (19-20) and one day ruled by Pisces, March 21.
Neighbors, if you have changes to make or elective surgery to schedule, animals or children to wean then you have a nice long stretch to plan and prepare.
How to be in touch
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Call or text (502) 682-5995 or call The State Journal at (502) 227-4556.
- My Twitter account is at full speed so join me @plantingbysigns. You can also visit plantingbythesigns.net and join in more detailed discussion on my blog found there.
- And now I’m on Facebook so “drop by” and join me. My “handle” is “Planting By the Signs” and it’s devoted to general gardening with an emphasis on utilizing the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. You won’t find any of my baby pictures or my dinner plate from last night – just gardening according to signs and phases.
This week’s signs, phases
Here’s this week’s information about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you need to be in touch with me, my contact information is at the end of the accompanying March Overview.
The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until the full moon on March 8, 4:40 a.m. This entire week is under the influence of the light moon.
TODAY: Aries (the head), killing sign, no planting only cultivating and deadening.
Monday-Tuesday: Taurus (the neck), very fertile sign, light moon in force.
Wednesday-Thursday: Gemini (the arms), great days for planting peas if you’re inclined with the moon in the light phase.
Friday-next Sunday: Cancer (the breast), very fertile sign, above-ground-producing veggies that like cool weather and soil temperatures. Still good days for beans.