Planting by the Signs: Moon in light phase; fertile signs coming this week

By Philip Case, Published:

Since we’re a little tight on space this week, I’ll get right to it.

If you’re doing anything that can benefit – and many things can – from consulting the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information:

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until 11:38 p.m. Saturday – thus most of the week. If you’re doing any indoor or protected planting, the focus should be on above-ground producers.

A look at the signs reveals today and Monday are in the sign of Taurus (the neck), one of the four most fruitful signs. These Taurus days are great for any above-ground planting (not outside, of course, unless it’s peas) or tending to things you’re interested in thriving.

Tuesday and Wednesday find the sign moving to Gemini (the arms), the peas or beans sign. Since peas are cold-weather lovers, if your ground is ready you could plant some now. I’m not, but you can!

The very fertile sign Cancer (the breast) comes to rule Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the moon in the light phase all but the last 22 minutes of Saturday. Like Taurus, Cancer is one of the four most fertile signs for any above-ground planting or tending to things you’re interested in thriving.

All planting should cease next Sunday and Monday, Jan. 27-28, when the sign moves to Leo (the heart), one of the two killing signs. Either of these days would be great for plowing, deadening – anything but planting.

The month concludes and February begins with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Virgo (the bowels) Jan. 29-30 and in Libra (the reins) Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Virgo and Libra are the two flowering signs.


Plowing the garden: The old timers have always said that it doesn’t matter how wet the ground is in January and February it’s safe to plow through February. There’s plenty of time for the ground to freeze and thaw. Just get it done before March comes in like a lion … or lamb.

Soil test: If you haven’t had your soil tested for several years, now would be a great time before the labs at the University of Kentucky get real busy. Drop by or contact the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct., 695-9035 for complete instructions.


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