Planting by the Signs: Planting time coming to an end

By Philip Case, Published:

If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information.

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until the full moon comes to rule at 7:25 a.m. Saturday. Through Friday plant only those veggies that produce above the ground and do have a look at the list below to see what can still be planted and have at least a statistical hope of making it to harvest.

It seems so strange that here, at the hottest time of the summer, we are talking about the end of the season in the unprotected garden. Every seed and transplant comes with a “date to maturity” stamp, so to speak, and while we might get lucky with the veggies that take the longest time from planting to harvest, the statistical probability is we won’t.

As the Good Book says: “To everything there is season … a time to plant and a time to pluck up (harvest) what is planted …” 

According to the signs, today is the final one in our first round of flowering signs this month with the sign in Libra (the reins), one of the blooming signs. Flowers planted today should bloom abundantly.

As I often remind you, it’s really best NOT to plant veggies when a flowering sign is in force since the plant tends to spend more time blooming and less energy setting fruit. At the expense of redundancy, I remind you of the guy with the beautiful cucumber vines and blooms — but no cukes!

And speaking of cukes, above you’ll see a picture of Steve Hughes looking at cucumbers on his vertical vines. I don’t know what sign he planted them in, but I’ll bet whether by intent or accident it wasn’t a flowering one!

I had a new “convert” from New Hampshire (ain’t the World Wide Web wonderful!) contact me about this the other day, wanting to plant tomatoes when the flowering signs were in force. I advised him to, if at all possible, wait until Monday when the sign moves to Scorpio (the secrets), one of the four most fruitful signs.

In that part of the country, however, they have a real short growing season and every day they can plant is crucial. I told him all I can do is give the information and share what I think; the rest is up to him.

Monday and Tuesday then are both outstanding days for planting above-ground producers with the sign in Scorpio.

The monthly series of so-so signs begins Wednesday and continues through July 14. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs) rules Wednesday and Thursday, then Capricorn (the knees) is up for Friday and Saturday. The series concludes with Aquarius (the legs) in force next Sunday and Monday. 

Through Friday the light moon rules with the dark moon arriving early Saturday. These signs aren’t the best but they aren’t destructive either. If you have planting you really need to get done then these days are okay.

Time for changes

With the arrival of the dark moon Saturday comes a time for making changes through July 16. During this time the signs move through Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces — all parts of the body that don’t “function” with the moon in the dark phase. These days will be great for making changes like starting a diet, stopping smoking, weaning children or animals, starting an exercise program, elective surgery — anything that involves a change.

Just be underway by July 17 when the sign moves to Aries (the head), one of the killing signs.

What NOT to plant

According to “Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky,” published for the Cooperative Extension Service by the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture, here’s what can’t be planted now in the unprotected garden and have a statistical chance to make it to harvest:

Last week we began the list with lima beans, eggplant, onions from seed, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and tomato plants.

This week we add to it: bush beans (I personally think we can go a little later with these since they grow so quickly), beets, celery, cucumbers, muskmelons, onion plants, pepper plants, Irish potatoes, southern peas, watermelons and winter squash.

By next week it will be easier to say what still can be planted, according to the book and statistics, rather than what can’t be planted!

The list is based on the average number of days it takes from the time of planting to harvest and all this time the earth is slowly rotating toward fall.

You can extend the season far into the fall by using a cold frame or some other means of protection.

How to be in touch

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

  • Email or
  • Call or text 502-682-5995 or call The State Journal at 502-227-4556.
  • My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.
  • Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs

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