Planting by the Signs: Summer nearly here; moon in dark phase

By Philip Case, Published:

Ah, comes this third week in June and with it the first day of summer that officially begins at 6:51 a.m. Saturday with the Summer Solstice.

As strange as it may seem, this has always been something of a bittersweet day for me. On the one hand it’s the longest day of the year with the most daylight  — but on the other hand the six-month march to the Winter’s Solstice in December begins and with that the daylight hours get progressively fewer.

There, I’ve said it and let that be the end of it so that we all can enjoy the summer that is unfolding before us. And, for you planting your gardens by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for this week.

The moon is in the dark phase now, the full moon having come into force shortly after midnight Friday. Until the new moon at 4:08 a.m. June 27, plant only those veggies that produce below the ground.

According to the signs, we are halfway through our so-so period this month with the sign today in Capricorn (the knees), followed by Aquarius (the legs) Monday and Tuesday. Not good/not bad — just so-so.

The very fertile sign Pisces (the feet) comes to rule Wednesday and Thursday. These will be perfect days for planting below-ground producers with the moon firmly in the dark phase.

Get your planting done before Friday and Saturday, however, when the sign moves to Aries (the head), one of the two killing signs. Spend these days tilling, cultivating, weeding … anything but planting.

Then beginning next Sunday and continuing though June 24, the very fertile sign Taurus (the neck) is in force for, like the Pisces days, any below-ground producers.

Making changes

Continuing through Thursday is a perfect time for making changes you might have been contemplating. The signs are still going out of the body past anything that functions, specifically Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces — knees, legs and feet.

So, dark moon/thighs, knees, legs and feet: Have at it if you want to stop smoking, start a diet, begin an exercise program, wean small animals or children — anything requiring a change.

How to be in touch

Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.

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  • My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.
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