Planting by the Signs: Moon in dark phase; no planting Thursday or Friday

By Philip Case Published:

If you’re planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for this week.

The moon is in the dark phase now and will remain there until the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky – on Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:55 a.m.

If you’re planting, make it below-ground producers after having a look at the list below for those things you can still plant that have a statistical chance to make it to harvest.

Until the new moon Friday, plant only those veggies that produce below the ground. With only a couple of exceptions, all of the veggies on the fall list are below-ground producers, so you won’t have any problem with that, just as it was in the spring.

A look at the signs today and Monday find the sign in Gemini (the arms), the bean sign. You can still be planting bush beans for one last crop on any of these days since half the equation is right: The sign is outstanding but the moon is in the dark phase. I wouldn’t hesitate since half’s better than none!

Cancer (the breast) in force Tuesday and Wednesday with the moon still in the dark phase. On either of these days plant anything that produces below the ground from the list below – and beans, too, if you want half the equation right.

All planting should cease Thursday and Friday when the sign moves to Leo (the heart). Reserve these two days for any activity but planting. The moon also changes phases on Friday at Five Minutes Until Lunch!

Then beginning Saturday and continuing through Aug. 21 we find a four-day stretch flowering signs. Saturday and next Sunday are ruled by Virgo (the bowels), followed by Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20-21 ruled by Libra (the reins). These are great days to put out our fall flowers.


From “Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky,” here’s how long you can continue to plant these veggies in the unprotected garden:

Until mid-August: beets, bush beans, rutabaga

Through August: Bibb lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, endive, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, snow peas, turnips, turnip greens


In the protected garden, planting and harvest can go on for some time to come. You can use polyethylene row covers to extend the harvest of frost-sensitive crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The row cover traps heat and protects the plants from killing frosts but beware that on warm, sunny days the row cover must be ventilated to protect plants from excess heat.

Some plants, such as herbs, can be planted in containers and brought inside or moved to a protected area when there are hard frosts. You can use cold frames in much the same way, with the cover propped open during the day so the plants receive light, and closed at night. Using any combination of these methods can extend your gardening season by several weeks, well into the fall.

For more information, review “Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky,”, or pick up a copy of the book at the Franklin County Extension Office.


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