Planting by the Signs: Moon in light phase, fertile signs coming Sept. 1

By Philip Case Published:

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

The moon is in the light phase now and will continue there until the next full moon – the second of August and called the “Blue Moon” – on Friday, Aug. 31, 9:58 a.m. During this period be planting only above-ground producers in the unprotected garden from the list below.

A look at the signs reveals we’re on the second day of our monthly series of so-so signs, which aren’t good or bad, just so-so.

Today is under the influence of Sagittarius (the thighs); Capricorn (the knees) then rules Monday through Wednesday and the series concludes with Aquarius (the legs) in force on Thursday and Friday. The light moon will rule this entire time until 9:58 a.m. on Friday so above-ground planting will be in order.

On Saturday, Sept. 1 – can you believe it’s already Sept. 1! – the sign moves to Pisces (the feet), one of the four most fertile signs. The moon will be firmly in the dark phase by then so all planting should be below-ground producers. The sign remains in Pisces next Sunday, too.

A look ahead reveals all planting should cease on Sept. 3-5 when the sign moves to Aries (the head), one of the two killing signs. Reserve these days for any gardening activities but planting.

If you have changes to make, like stopping smoking, starting a diet, weaning small animals or children – anything that requires a change – you have a small three-day window for it to be within the perfect formula: Most of Friday through next Sunday.

The moon is in the dark phase then and the signs are going out of the body, namely legs and feet. There are and will be fewer and fewer days for the next several months that precisely fit the formula. We’ll just have to do the best we can.

If you’re taking a shot at some “change activities,” be underway by Sept. 3 when the sign moves back to Aries (the head).


Here again is the list from “Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky” showing how long you can continue to plant these veggies in the unprotected garden, statistically speaking anyway. I’ve altered it a bit given the unseasonable nature of this year.

As I discussed last week and mentioned above, if the weather continues as it has all year, what if we could add three weeks to each of these “last plant” days? And remember I didn’t make up this “three weeks” thing. It’s what the experts said.

Through the upcoming week – and maybe a little longer for Bibb lettuce on: beets, bush beans, rutabaga, Bibb lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, endive, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, snow peas, turnips, turnip greens

Through September: leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach

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.

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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