Planting by the Signs: Moon in dark phase; fertile signs this week

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 dark phase now and will remain there until the new moon at 6:42 p.m. Saturday. Through this period plant only those veggies that produce beneath the ground and be sure to check the update list below to see what can still be planted and have at least a statistical hope of making it to harvest.

Also, read Adam Leonberger’s column about fall gardening elsewhere in today’s Spectrum section. He has a few additional tips from UK.

According to the signs, outstanding planting is on tap for TODAY and Monday with the sign in Taurus (the neck), one of the four most fertile signs for below-ground producers with the moon in the dark phase.

Tuesday and Wednesday find Gemini (the arms) in force. This is the bean sign and, according to the list below, we have until July 25 (Christmas in July!) to plant bush — not pole — beans, according to the “what can still be planted” list.

Of course, the moon is in the dark phase so that makes only half the equation right — but half beats none so if you want to plant some more beans then have at it. There won’t be any more days this summer that find Gemini ruling with the light moon in force.

Following Gemini are three days ruled by Cancer (the breast), one of the four most fertile signs. Cancer is up then for Thursday through Saturday with the moon moving to the late phase at 6:42 p.m. on Saturday.

Wrapping up the month, the killing sign Leo (the heart) rules next Sunday and Monday followed by our series of flowering signs beginning with three Virgo (the bowels) days, July 29-31, followed by a pair of Libra Days on Aug. 1-2.

As I write each and every time these days roll around, they are “bloom days” and much better suited for planting flowers than veggies since bloom is what things do on these days.

What can be planted

Here’s the updated list of what can still be planted in the unprotected outdoor garden and have a statistical hope of making it to harvest. If you don’t see the veggie on the list from Home Gardening in Kentucky published for the Cooperative Extension Service by the University of Kentucky, then statistically it’s too late.

The list will get shorter each week now so, again, if you don’t see it here then probably best to wait until next year.

What to still plant: bush beans, beets, broccoli plants, Brussels sprouts plants, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower plants, chard, collards, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce plants, lettuce head plants, okra, parsley, radishes, snow peas, spinach, summer squash and turnips.

With a couple of exceptions the list looks a lot like the spring garden, doesn’t it? By Aug. 1 the list will be very short as our inexorable march to fall continues. As a matter of fact, a few days this week kinda felt like fall!

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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