May 2008 Garden Schedule

Working in harmony with nature provides us the opportunity to reduce the workload in our gardens.

Most of us are aware of the effects of the position of the moon in relation to moods or the tide. Today I’m going to introduce you to the relation between the moon and plant life.

Moon Cycles

Every month we have one full moon and one new moon. After the new moon where the moon is dark it will start to grow bigger (called waxing) until it reaches, after about 2 weeks, the stage of a Full Moon. This is where the moon is at it’s brightest and after this it begins to shrink again (called weaning).

The moon pulls the tide, and our minds, but it also pulls the sap in the plants. When the moon grows, the waxing stage, all the sap is going to the top half, or exposed part of the plant, this is most potent on a full moon.

On the other side, when the moon is growing smaller (weaning) all the sap in the plant will go to the roots, (the hiden part of the plant). Again, most potent on a New Moon.


WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW CAN THIS HELP US IN GARDENING?


With the above in mind we can schedule our gardening tasks to get the most efficiency out of everything we do and the following information is intended to help make this easy to follow.


MAY 2008

Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd...


Saturday,May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th...




Monday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 6th...

Wednesday, May 7th, and Thursday, May 8th...

Friday, May 9th and Saturday May 10th... These are LEAF DAY, please see above for description.


Sunday May 11th and Monday May 12th... FRUIT DAY


Tuesday, May 13th, Wednesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 15th...

Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th are OPEN DAYS. You can do most anything in the garden on these days. I use these days to sit back and enjoy the all the beauty in the garden.


Sunday May 18th, Monday May 19th and Tuesday May 20th... LEAF DAY, see above for description.


Wednesday May 21 and Thursday May 22nd... FRUIT DAY, see above


Friday May 23rd, Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25th... ROOT DAY, see above for description.


Monday May 26th and Tuesday May 27th...


Wednesday May 28th and Thursday May 29th... LEAF DAY, see description above.


Friday May 30th and Saturday May 31st... FRUIT DAY, see description above.


NEW MOON

The best day for pruning and on this day you can actually heal sick trees or shrubs by pruning them.

One this day I suggest you can prune everything and don't even worry about the clean up until another day.

If you are collecting roots for medicine or culinary use, they are the most potent during the New Moon.

In May the New Moon is on May 5th


FULL MOON

This is the perfect day to collect all those special above ground herbs that you have, whether they are for medicinal or culiinary use, that day there are at their most potent.

In May the Full Moon is on May 20th


I hope you find this as helpful as I have and please return again for the next month schedule.

For those interested I will also be posting pictures of my gardens which will help explain why I need to minimize the work load, I have many gardens, built before I developed RA and my goal is to ensure I can always maintain my gardens.


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