The moon continues descending this week until Friday evening – The earth is breathing in and drawing growth forces back down below the soil surface. The lower parts of the plants, especially the roots, are activated. Activities that take advantage of the descending moon include making and spreading compost, transplanting seedlings and trees, taking and planting cuttings, and cultivating soil. The moon then starts ascending – The earth breathes out. We see this as growth activity above the soil. Growth forces and saps flow upwards more strongly and increase the plants vitality. This is the time to spray horn silica preparation 501, cultivate at the appropriate constellation before sowing, harvest on an air constellation plants for medicinal purposes, flowers and plants for preparation making and field crops such as silage and hay (Biodynamic Resource Manual, 51-53).
A Moon node will occur on Friday the 3rd at 06:00. Moon nodes occur where the moon’s path crosses the path of the Sun. The influence of the node lasts for approximately 2 hours on either side of the node. The effect is similar to that of an eclipse of the Sun by the Moon and it is best to avoid any agricultural or horticultural work for this brief period (Biodynamic Resource Manual, 53).
The full moon is on Wednesday 8th of February. "In the 48 hours leading up to the Full Moon there is a distinct increase in the moisture content of the earth. The growth forces of the plants are enhanced. The Full Moon period is also connected with the growth of the plant and quick germination of seeds. Seed germination is prompt but may be soft and prone to fungal attack. The influence of the full moon appears to provide favourable conditions for the growth of fungus on plants. This is related to the increase of moisture and humidity." (Biodynamic Resource Manual,51)
The moon is in an earth sign on Wednesday evening starting at 19:00 until Saturday morning at 06:19. Earth signs are favourable for root plants. These included all plants whose roots we harvest: carrots, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, celeriac, swedes, potatoes, onions and garlic.
The moon then moves into an air sign until Monday at 14:16. Air signs are favourable for flower plants. These include all the plants, which are grown for their flowers, and where we want a long flowering time: garden flowers, medicinal and preparation flowers, bulbs and broccoli.
From Monday at 14:16 until Wednesday at 18:52, the moon is in a water sign. Water signs are favourable for leaf plants. These include all the plants whose leaves we harvest: cabbages, cauliflower, parsley, coriander, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, silver beet, asparagus and fennel.
For the rest of Wednesday, the moon is in a fire sign. Warmth or fire signs are favourable for fruit plants. These include all plants whose seed fruit we harvest: beans, peas, grains, cucumbers, squashes, lentils, corn, capsicums, rice, soya, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, strawberries and fruit trees.
-Gardening Notes are compiled using Brian Keats Antipodean Astro Calendar; Maria Thun’s Gardening for Life; Biodynamic Agriculture Australia’s Biodynamic Resource Manual; Peter Cundall’s The Practical Australian Gardener; Louise Riotte’s Astrological Gardening; and the experiences and farm practices on Transition Farm
Links for more information
For more information about our Biodynamic Gardening Notes, visit our previous post About our Biodynamic Notes.
For more information about liquid brews for plant health, visit our Seasonal Notes page and click the tag “liquid brews” .
For more information about Biodynamics and to purchase biodynamic preparations, I know of three organisations in Australia:
Demeter Biodynamics at http://www.demeter.org.au/index.htm
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia at http://www.biodynamics.net.au
Australia Biodynamic- Victoria Inc. at http://www.biodynamicsvictoria.org/
For more information about the Antipodean Astro Calendar, Biodynamic Planting and research and more visit Brian Keats’ website at http://astro-calendar.com/index.htm.