Moon in light phase; so-so signs this week

By Philip Case Published:

If you are doing any planting now, and you’re doing it according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information.

And, again, below you’ll find the updated list of those veggies that can still be planted in the unprotected garden and have some statistical hope of making it to harvest — and I’ll warn you there aren’t many.

These cool nights we’ve been having don’t help matters as the ground begins to cool and that signals to hot-weather-loving veggies that the growing season is winding down — when we all know it’s far from done and harvest is really just getting into full swing.

Of course the gardening season doesn’t have to end if you’re prepared to protect delicate plants from frost. Just be mindful of what you can plant now.

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain there until 2:09 p.m. next Sunday when the full moon comes to rule. Through Saturday be planting in the unprotected garden only those things that produce above the ground from the list here and then beginning Aug. 11 until the new moon on Aug. 25 at 10:13 a.m. only those that produce beneath the ground.

A look at the signs reveals today and Monday are outstanding days for planting above-ground producers with the sign in Scorpio (the secrets). Scorpio, of course, being one of the most fertile of the signs with the moon in the light phase.

Then our monthly series of so-so signs begins Tuesday and continues through Aug. 11. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are under the influence of Sagittarius (the thighs) followed by Friday and Saturday ruled by Capricorn (the knees) and concluding with Aug. 10-11 under Aquarius (the legs).

As always, these signs aren’t particularly fertile but they aren’t destructive either — just so-so.

Making changes
With the dark moon coming to rule on Aug. 10, there will be three full days and a piece of the 10th to make changes. The full moon comes into force at 2:09 p.m. on the 10th and will be at full strength Aug. 11-13 with the sign in first Aquarius and then two days under Pisces (the feet), Aug. 12-13.

And Pisces is one of the most fertile signs for below-ground producers with the moon in the dark phase then.

These days fit the formula perfectly: dark moon with the signs going out of the body past any parts that function, specifically the legs and feet. If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning animals or children — anything that qualifies as a change — these days are the most propitious for those activities.

Just be underway by Aug. 14-15 when the sign moves to Aries (the head), even though the moon is still in the dark phase.

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.

As you see, pretty much they’re the fixins’ for a salad!

Last day is Aug. 15: Leaf lettuce
In September: Spinach, Sept. 1; radishes, Sept. 15

How to be
in touch

Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.
Email pcase211@gmail.com or pcase@state-journal.com.
Call or text 502-682-5995 or call The State Journal at 502-227-4556.
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