Planting by the Signs: Moon in light phase, good planting signs now in force

By Philip Case, Published:

If you’re doing any work in your early garden, here’s the information for this week. And don’t forget to celebrate the official arrival of spring with the Vernal Equinox, 7:02 a.m. Wednesday.

The moon is in the light phase now and will continue there until the full moon 5:27 a.m. March 27. Until then, if you’re planting in the cold frame, greenhouse or early garden, it’s above-ground producers.

The signs of the zodiac find the fertile sign Taurus (the neck) in force today. If you’re planting, this is a great day for it. But let me caution you: It simply doesn’t matter what the phase or sign is, if the ground is wet in your outside garden then do not plant! You’ll regret it the rest of the days of your life (or at least this summer)!

Monday and Tuesday find Gemini (the arms) coming to rule. Either of these days would be great for planting peas if the ground is dry. In fact, these are Perfect Pea Days with the moon in the light phase and the sign in the arms.

The great planting continues Wednesday through Friday with the moon still in the light phase and the sign moving to Cancer (the breast), like Taurus another of the four most fruitful signs.

If you’re starting plants for your late spring/summer garden, get it done by Friday because all planting should cease Saturday and next Sunday when the sign moves to Leo (the heart), one of the two killing signs. Pull up weeds or cultivate but don’t plant.

Beginning Monday, March 25 and continuing through March 28 we find our monthly series of flowering signs, the first two days ruled by Virgo (the bowels) and the second two by Libra (the reins).

If you have questions, be in touch.


According to Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky, here are veggies that love it when the soil and the air are cool and can stand frost and light freezes. Please note whether or not they produce above or below the ground and plant according.

NOW: peas, snow peas, spinach, onion sets, radishes, rhubarb crowns, rutabaga, turnips, Irish potatoes

March 20: parsley, parsnips


Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information, ask questions, make comments or visit a platform for discussion.

>Email or

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

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns. You can also visit and join in more detailed discussion on my blog found there.

>And now I’m on Facebook so “drop by” and join me. My page is “Planting By Signs” and it’s devoted to general gardening with an emphasis on utilizing the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

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