Planting by the Signs: Moon in light phase; fertile sign in force until killing sign Tuesday

By Philip Case, Published:

For those of you doing planting in your spring garden, in a greenhouse or cold frame — or any other task that could benefit from consulting the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac — here’s this week’s information.

For those who may have missed it, again this week I have repeated the list of veggies that do well in the spring garden when the soil is still cool, but warming. Just remember if you do any planting be sure your ground is dry or you will pay a high price all summer with a cloddy garden.

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until the full moon at 3:42 a.m. April 15 (Tax Day). Confine all planting to above-ground producers. And if you’re sowing seed for later transplanting, confine your seeding to veggies that will produce above the ground when in the garden — like tomatoes and peppers.

Yes, you can seed those now in a greenhouse or cold frame but not in the garden. We’re still six weeks from being able to safely plant them.

The signs of the zodiac find Cancer (the breast) in force today and Monday. Cancer is one of the four most fertile signs and with the moon in the light phase that’s for any above-ground producer in the unprotected garden from the list below.

All planting should cease Tuesday through Thursday when the sign moves to Leo (the heart), one of the two killing signs. These days are great for killing, deadening, plowing — anything but planting even with the moon in the light phase.

When Leo finishes its run comes our monthly series of flowering signs Friday through April 15 with Virgo (the bowels) ruling Friday and Saturday followed by Libra (the reins) next Sunday through April 15. These days will be great for getting out some early spring flowers — just be prepared to protect the delicate ones from frost or freezing weather.

And, always remember even if the air temperature is warm during the day it typically cools off at night so the soil is getting warmer, but slowly. It’s been cold and nasty a mighty long time!

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting that are best suited when the light moon is in force:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that through April 14 and from April 29 through May 13 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. I receive a lot of inquiries about when to pour gravel.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

What to plant now

Here are veggies you can safely plant now if — and only if — your ground is dry.

According to Home Gardening in Kentucky you can plant: asparagus, Bibb lettuce plants, beets, cabbage, carrots, chard, collards, head lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, onion sets and seeds, onion plants, parsley, parsnips, Irish potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, snow peas, spinach and turnips.

Also in April, the book says sweet corn after April 20 and bush beans April 25. I wouldn’t because neither is frost resistant but I’m just telling you what the book says.

Everything else in the garden can’t be planted until May when the danger of frost is over — hopefully.

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, 502-227-4556.
  • My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns. You can also visit
  • My Facebook 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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