Planting by the Signs: Flowering signs in force now, fertile signs to come

By Philip Case Published:

Statistically speaking, planting in the unprotected garden concludes at the end of this month. For those using row covers, cold frames or other devices to extend the summer, however, planting and harvesting can continue for some time even as the days grow continually shorter and cooler.

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 any planting you’re doing anywhere, here’s the information for the upcoming week.

The moon is in the light phase now, the new moon having come to rule just a few short hours ago at 10:11 p.m. Saturday. Any planting done anywhere until the next full moon at 11:19 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, should be above-ground producers.

A look at the signs reveals we’re in the final three days of our monthly series of flowering signs. Virgo (the bowels) wrapped up Saturday and Libra (the reins) rules through Tuesday. These are perfect days for those fall mums, pansies and other cool-weather-loving bloomers!

Outstanding planting for all above-ground producers returns Wednesday and Thursday when the sign moves to Scorpio (the secrets), one of the four most fertile signs.

Following the two Scorpio days we greet our monthly so-so signs, Sept. 21-27. They are, in order: Sagittarius (thighs), Sept. 21-23; Capricorn (knees), 24-25, and Aquarius (legs), 26-27. Not bad/not great – just so-so.

While we’re at it, let’s finish out the month. Pisces (the feet) is in force Sept. 28-30. Pisces is one of the most fertile signs, like Scorpio, and we find it ruling with the moon in the light phase on Sept. 28 and through all but the last 39 minutes of the 29th, then in the dark phase on the 30th and on into October.


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


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