Here at the apex of harvesting we find ourselves at the end of planting in the unprotected garden. Seems ironic, doesn’t it, but that’s the story. As the Good Book says, “To everything there is a season …”
Yes, hot-weather-loving veggies planted now will take off and go great guns because the soil and the days are still warm, but in the unprotected garden they have, statistically speaking, no chance of making it to harvest unless the fall is extremely mild and then it’s a gamble.
Even with warm dirt and air, the days are getting progressively shorter and that signals certain things to plants — like you don’t need to work too hard at what you’re doing, summer is about over.
I know I write this over and over, but I just don’t want anyone thinking a Better Boy tomato plant that goes in the ground this week is going to give you much more than heartbreak when the cold of November withers it.
Now, this week’s information according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.
The moon is in the dark phase and I hope you had the chance to enjoy that magnificent full moon earlier in the week that’s waning a bit now. The dark moon continues to rule until 7:36 a.m. Sept. 5 when the new, or light, moon returns.
This is a period for planting below-ground producers through Sept. 4, which in the unprotected garden includes one veggie: radishes.
According to the University of Kentucky, you can plant spinach through next Sunday but the entire week finds the dark moon in force and spinach producers above the ground.
A look at the signs reveals today is the second of three ruled by Aries (the head), one of the killing signs. Use today and Monday for any gardening activity but planting.
Outstanding planting is on tap for below-ground producers Tuesday and Wednesday when the sign moves to Taurus (the neck), one of the four most fertile signs. So, if you’re planting radishes these would be your days.
Gemini (the arms) rules Thursday and Friday. Gemini is the bean sign but we’re way past planting beans!
August ends and September begins with Cancer (the breast) in force Saturday, next Sunday and Monday.
Cancer is one of the four most fertile signs if you’re planting radishes in the unprotected garden.
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