This week and beyond

Moon: Dark phase until the next new moon at 3:16 p.m., July 2; plant only below-ground producers during this period; then above-ground producers beginning July 3 until 3 p.m. on July 16.

Signs: Today and Sunday, bean days but dark moon; Monday and Tuesday, very fertile; July 3-4, no planting.

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A ‘one-day garden’!

Before we get to the overview, let me tell you of a perfect day coming for a one-day garden featuring both above- and below-ground producers.

Here’s how it rolls out:

July arrives Monday with the very fertile sign Cancer (the breast) ruling. The moon will change phases from dark to light at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, so you could conceivably plant below-ground producers until noon or 1, take a siesta until about 5 and then utilize the long day to plant above-ground producers.

A one-day garden for is sure in perfect phases and sign for both above- and below-ground producers! I don’t recall seeing anything like that in quite some time — if ever!

July overview

Here’s the July overview for those still planting in summer gardens and looking now toward fall. If you have questions or need clarification, please be in touch.

One caution: As tempting as it may be given all the rain we’ve had, don’t plant if the ground is wet. It just isn’t a good idea!

Moon phases

July begins — and ends — with the dark moon in force. That pattern, which we’ve had for many months, changes in August because of the two “new moons” in July that are on July 2 and 31. Thus, when we get to August, the new — or light moon — will rule.

The dark moon rules until the new moon — or no moon visible in the sky — arrives at 3:16 p.m. July 2. The light moon is then in force until the full — or dark moon — returns at 5:38 p.m. on July 16.

Then, it’s dark moon until the month’s second new moon at 11:12 p.m. July 31. And, as you’ll notice, that second new moon barely makes it under the wire with less than 50 minutes remaining in the month! It will rule until 8:29 a.m. on Aug. 15.

When the light moon is in force, plant those veggies that produce above the ground. When the full — or dark — moon is ruling, plant only those that produce beneath the ground.

Ideally, check the signs and plant when one of the fertile signs rules. Don’t plant when either of the killing signs, Aries or Leo, is in force. If you can only utilize one aspect of the system, I would suggest going with the moon phases.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with any planting anywhere, or other activities.

July begins with the fertile sign Cancer (the breast) ruling, so we’ll begin by reviewing when the fertile signs rule this month and which phase of the moon is in force — dark (below-ground producers) or light (above-ground producers.)

Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac.

Cancer (the breast) July 1, 2, 29 and 30, dark moon on July 1, 29 and 30 and light moon after 3:30 p.m. on July 2; Scorpio (the secrets), July 10-11, light moon; Pisces (the feet), July 19-21, dark moon; and Taurus (the neck) rules July 24-26, dark moon.

There are and incredible 12 days this month ruled by the most fertile signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. These are the absolute best days for planting, if possible.

Killing days: No planting, transplanting or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating your garden, cleaning out fence rows — anything but planting.

Here’s when they rule in July: Leo (the heart) July 3-5 and 31; and Aries (the head), July 22-23. There are six days this month ruled by killing signs. Personally, I think that’s too many!

Flowering days: Virgo (the bowels) rules July 6-7 and Libra (the reins) is up for July 8-9 — four flowering days in July. These are bloom days and flowers planted when they rule should bloom and do so abundantly. I would strongly suggest avoiding planting veggies when bloom signs are in force since more energy goes toward blooming than setting fruit!

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Sagittarius (the thighs), July 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), July 14-16; and Aquarius (the legs), July 17-18. There are seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs.

Bean/pea days: Gemini (the arms) rules July 27-28, dark moon rules. Chances are there’s time for another planting of bush beans if you have the inclination and space. When the ground is as warm as it is now, they take about 60 days from planting to first picking. Now, that’s bush — not pole — beans.

Half of the Bean Equation is right: outstanding sign although it’s dark moon and beans and peas produce where? That’s right — above the ground!

As for pea planting, there should be none going on now and, according to "Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky," we should wait until July 20 to plant snow peas — only snow peas, no other varieties. Peas love cool weather in which to germinate and grow — and likely as not, July won’t be too cool, but the peas will be up and growing as the days get shorter and ultimately cooler.

General tips

Making changes: If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small children or animals, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires making a change — the best time for that is when the moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body beyond anything that functions.

Perfect days this month are July 17-21, five in all but considerably fewer than we were seeing a couple of months back. Those are your perfect days for July. There will be fewer perfect days for several months now before the trend turns back the other way.

Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or road on your farm, do that when the light moon rules and that’s July 3 through most of July 16.

The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase, so they don’t sink. If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light phase of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

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