Since all outdoor planting in the unprotected vegetable garden has been over for quite some time now, what’s on tap is continuing to tuck our gardens in for their long winter’s nap, perhaps repotting house plants and — if you happen to have a greenhouse — doing some planting there.
And, of course, there are other things you can do according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac in addition to planting and gardening so here’s the overview for November. As always, if you have questions don’t hesitate to be in touch.
The moon is in the light phase now, the new moon having come into force at 7:50 Eastern Standard Time this morning since we “fell back.”
The “light moon” will rule until 10:16 a.m. Nov. 17 when the full moon appears, heralding two weeks of “dark moon” continuing until 7:22 p.m. Dec. 2 when the new moon returns.
When the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. Then when the full — or dark — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.
Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.
Dark moon: Nov. 18 through most of Dec. 2.
Light moon: Through Nov. 16.
Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), Nov. 3-4 and 30; Pisces (the feet), Nov. 12-13; Taurus (the neck) Nov. 17-18 and Cancer (the breast), Nov. 21-22. There are nine days remaining this month ruled by the fertile signs — Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces and Cancer.
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows, cleaning up your 2013 garden — anything but planting: Aires (the head), Nov. 14-16 and Leo (the heart), Nov. 23-25. There are six killing days, those ruled by either Aries or Leo.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Nov. 5-6; Capricorn (the knees), Nov. 7-8; and Aquarius (the legs), Nov. 9-11. Again like September and October, there are seven so-so days this month.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers that can last longer into the fall and winter — like pansies. There are four “bloom days” remaining in November: Libra (the reins), Nov. 28-29; Virgo (the bowels), Nov. 26-27.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Nov. 19-20.
Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
- If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through Nov. 16) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. Check for the right days.
- If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
- If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.
- If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.
Again during November we have NO DAYS that perfectly fit that formula. My suggestion again this month would be, since we can only use half the formula, to go with Nov. 5-13 when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions — thighs through feet.
The other option, which is the other half of the formula, is when the moon is in the dark phase. The thing is most of those days — just like in October — find the signs ruling some part of the body that functions like the heart, lungs, stomach, bowels, kidneys, brains … you get the idea from the top of the head to the top of the thighs.
The only exceptions are the days ruled by Libra (the reins/arms), Nov. 28-29. This sign, however, has never been considered an optimum part of the equation, likely because it’s such a small window sandwiched between Virgo (the bowels) and Scorpio (the secrets) — two very functioning parts areas of the body.
However, since “perfect formula days” are otherwise lacking this month, I see no reason not to give it a try since the arms don’t “function” like the core of the body and the moon is in the dark phase all three days Libra is in force.
One more time: With the gardening season over, it’s important to clean up your patch, no matter what size it is from a couple of flowerpots to an acre. According to all the experts, about the worst thing you can do — but the easiest — is leave dead plants standing or laying on the ground in the garden over the winter.
Whatever you do, just get spent plants off the garden plot.
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