Planting by the Signs: Spring is near and there’s lots to do

By Philip Case, Published:

Just a little more than four days to go and spring officially arrives, beginning a little after lunch Thursday with the Vernal Equinox at 12:57 p.m.!

All who predicted a bad winter can raise their hands, stand up and claim their prize when the next utility bill arrives. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had it with snow, ice and cold. Last Tuesday was so beautiful it was almost mean — particularly in light of how nasty it turned Wednesday.

Well, that’s behind us (hopefully to stay) and spring is just a few days before us. Maybe with it will come some stable weather — warm weather that is.

If your garden is ready and if you’re into cool-weather gardening there are lots of things you can plant now with more coming onto the calendar as the weeks pass, the days get progressively warmer and longer — and the ground begins to warm. Check out the list below.

Here’s what’s up for the week ahead, according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

The moon began today in the light phase but, depending on when you read this, it’s either moving to the dark phase at 1:08 p.m. or it’s already moved. Thus for the next two weeks the dark moon will be in force until the new moon returns at 2:45 p.m. March 30.

During this time proceed with only dark moon activities and if that’s planting then it’s below-ground producers. Furthermore, if it’s outside it’s below-ground producers that love cool weather and soil temperatures.

According to the signs, today is the second day in our monthly period of flowering signs with Virgo (the bowels) in force. Libra (the reins), the other flowering sign, rules Monday and Tuesday. These are bloom signs and anything planted on either of these days should bloom and do so abundantly.

The outstandingly productive sign Scorpio (the secrets) rules Wednesday through Friday with the moon, of course, in the dark phase for below-ground producers.

Then Saturday sees our monthly series of so-so signs begin and continue through March 27. These six days beginning Saturday will be ruled by Sagittarius (thighs), Capricorn (knees) and Aquarius (legs), two days each. Not good, not bad, just so-so.

Add the two Pisces (feet) days March 28-29 and you have eight days beginning Saturday and continuing through March 29 perfectly suited for making any changes, like stopping smoking, starting a diet, elective surgery, starting a running program, weaning small animals or children — anything that requires a change.

The signs through the period will be going out of the body past anything that functions — thighs through feet — with the moon in the dark phase. It doesn’t get any better than that for making changes!

While we’re here, let’s finish out the month. Aries (the head) rules March 30-31 with the moon moving to the light phase at 2:45 p.m. on the 30th. Remember Aries is a killing sign so you don’t want to be planting anything anywhere.

What to plant

Here are veggies you can safely plant now or beginning this week if — and only if — your ground is dry. And there are a lot of them!

I don’t want to disillusion you, but even though statistically it’s OK to plant it might not realistically be because we’ve had such an extended period of cold weather and soil temperature is vital to proper germination and development.

But planting is your call. According to Home Gardening in Kentucky, this week you can plant: asparagus, beets, carrots, chard, collards, kale, kohlrabi, onion sets and seeds, parsley, parsnips, Irish potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, snow peas, spinach and turnips.

Then on or after March 25: cabbage, leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce plants, head lettuce and onion plants.

How to be in touch

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.
  • My Facebook  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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