Planting by the Signs: Moon in dark phase; some planting can still be done

By Philip Case Published:

For those of you doing any late planting according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for this week. At least we’ve had some rain now and, if nothing else, the yards need mowing!

The moon is in the dark phase and will remain there until the next new moon on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:11 p.m. Throughout this period, be involved in only darkmoon activities – and if that includes planting, then just below-ground producers.

A look at the signs reveals Gemini (the arms) is in force today. Gemini, as you are bound to know if you’ve been reading this column, rules the arms and is specifically suited for beans – or peas when pea-planting time comes ‘round. Since, however, we can’t plant either now, just celebrate the days and leave it at that.

Fertile planting for below-ground producers is on tap for Monday and Tuesday when Cancer (the breast) comes to rule. Cancer is a very fertile sign and things planted when it’s in force should do mighty fine!

The killing sign Leo (the heart) is in force Wednesday and Thursday. You can be involved in any gardening activity but planting on these Leo days.

Following the Leo days, we find our monthly series of flowering signs, Virgo and Libra, ruling Sept. 14-18 – perfect for those fall mums!

Friday and Saturday are ruled by Virgo (the bowels), followed by Libra (the reins) ruling next Sunday through Tuesday, Sept. 16-18. Remember the moon moves to the light phase late Saturday night so beginning next Sunday it’s above-ground producers.


Through September: leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach in the unprotected garden.

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.


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