Health: Moon in light phase; killing signs in force

By Philip Case, Published:

This week is one of those with contradictions since we’re on the cusp of the all clear regarding the danger of frost. Just read on and if you’re confused, let me hear from you.

 If you’re doing any planting in your early garden — or anywhere else for that matter — and if you are doing it according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information.

And remember the caution about the potential for frost stays around, in my opinion, until after Mother’s Day, which is May 11. So be cautious about what you plant remembering, too, we haven’t really had enough warm weather to raise the soil temperature a lot.

Other sources say we’re good to go with hot-weather lovers in the unprotected garden after Derby Day, and that would be Saturday. It’s all up to you.

Just be patient, better days are ahead!

The moon is still in the dark phase and remains there until the new moon at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday. Thus today and Monday plant only those veggies from the list below that produce below the ground.

But, you really shouldn’t plant because of the sign. Read all about it below.

Beginning Tuesday afternoon and until the full moon at 3:16 p.m. May 14, plant only those that produce above the ground. 

The signs of the zodiac find us sitting on the porch today and Monday as far as planting goes since Aries (the head), one of the killing signs, is in force both days. Cultivate, deaden and clean fencerows or get ready for the great days Tuesday and Wednesday — just don’t plant today or Monday, please.

With the moon in the light phase all but two hours and 14 minutes of Tuesday and the sign moving to Taurus (the neck) that day and Wednesday, great planting is on tap for above-ground producers — maybe some of the hot-weather lovers, too, if you’re a real risk taker.

Gemini (the arms) comes into force Thursday and Friday and Gemini is the “bean day” and beans planted when Gemini rules and the light moon is in force are said to grow “as long as your arm” and keep blooming and producing.

Since, at best, it takes seven days for beans to geminate, statistically speaking we should be safe regarding frost once they break the soil surface. If you want early beans, Thursday and Friday are great days if your ground is ready.

And if you don’t get any in the ground then, the outstanding sign Cancer (the breast) comes to rule Saturday then May 4 and 5 — three marvelous days for above-ground producers.

While I caution repeatedly about frost and cool soil temperatures, these days are fantastic ones for planting if your ground is ready and you can protect tender plants or are willing to lose them. The risk may be worth it since there’s plenty of time to replant.

Cancer in the light moon in May — doesn’t get much better than that.

All things taken into consideration, a pretty fair week lies ahead — beginning Tuesday!

What to plant now

One last time, here are the veggies that enjoy cooler weather and soil temperatures. They really don’t like it much when it gets hot! And there are a couple in there now like bush beans and corn that are fans of hot weather.

According to Home Gardening in Kentucky you can plant: asparagus, Bibb lettuce plants, beets, bush beans, 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, sweet corn and turnips.

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.”

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.