Planting by the Signs: New moon and last of flowering signs Monday

By Philip Case Published:

Not unlike last week – and likely as not next week too – if you’re doing any indoor planting, transplanting or participating in other activities which might benefit from consulting the signs of the zodiac and phases of the moon, here’s the information for this week.

The moon is in the dark phase now but that will be changing Monday when the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky – comes to rule at 8:03 a.m.

Thus only dark moon activities today and light moon ones beginning Monday until the next full moon on Oct. 29.

A look at the signs reveals today and Monday are the final days in our monthly series of flowering signs. Libra (the reins) rules both days. This is a flowering sign, so either day would be great for planting fall flowers for abundant blooms. And since we’re not worried about eating them, dark moon works fine.

The very fertile sign Scorpio (the secrets), rules Tuesday and Wednesday with the light moon in force. Anything planted on either of these days should just do really fine!

A series of so-so signs begins Thursday and continues through next Thursday, Oct. 25. In this order the days are ruled by: Sagittarius (the thighs), Thursday through Saturday; Capricorn (knees), next Sunday and Monday; concluding with Aquarius (legs) Oct. 23-25. Lots of so-so days!

PUT THE GARDEN TO BED

Fall is most assuredly here as we found out Thursday morning with the arrival of old Jack Frost! Time now to clean up your spent garden, dispose of the plants and “put your garden to bed” for the winter.

The best thing to do would be to remove all plant material then plow, till, hoe or spade it and plant a cover crop. Old plants can be placed in a compost heap or just discarded all together since you don’t want to save any of this year’s diseases for next year.

If you compost, ideally send the plants through a grinder first.

The worst thing you can do is just leave the dead plant material lying on the garden. That gives ittle buggies and diseases a lovely place to overwinter and be all ready to attack your plants in 2013.

HOW TO BE IN TOUCH

>Email pcase211@gmail.com or pcase@state-journal.com.

>Call or text (502) 682-5995 or call The State Journal at (502) 227-4556.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns where each day I will resume this week providing information regarding the phase of the moon and sign of the zodiac for that day.

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