Planting by the Signs


This year I planted my seeds by, "the signs".  Meaning I used the phases of the moon to select the best time that would promote growth in my plants.  


If the moon can affect the tides, then why not the growth of plants?  I would like to admit that I have been diligent about using the signs each year, but that would not be the truth. 

 But, I am getting there.  


I used, The Old Farmer's Almanac's charts ,to select the days that were best for planting.  If you are familiar with, "the signs", you know that there are signs for just about everything.  That would include cutting hair, mowing the yard, and pulling teeth.  




While some modern folks tend to regard this information as superstition, I know my grandparents relied on it to yield the best crops possible.  Back then there wasn't just trotting to the grocery store when the garden didn't produce well.  

So far, I have heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, lemon squash, and cucumbers sprouting along.  

Anyone else out there planting by the signs?  



Comments

  1. it certainly can't hurt to go by 'best planting' dates!

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  2. oh yeah!! the mOOn rules!
    i don't think it's superstition. here's hoping your plants flourish!!

    happy sunday!

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  3. The one thing I plant by the signs is potatoes…Old Farmers Almanac indicates the weekend of Valentine's Day is best.

    Velva

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  4. Hello, your seedlings are looking good. We usually only plant tomatoes and say a prayer that they grow.. Happy Sunday, have a great day!

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  5. I'm quite familiar with the Farmers Almanac. But, planting according to the phases of the moon? That's a new one to me! All of your plants sound great…especially the heirloom tomatoes. Nothing like the taste of a homegrown tomato.

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  6. Interesting. I have heard of planting by the signs but haven't followed any signs so far. When did it say to plant the seedlings?

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  7. We do not plant by the signs. We plant by what grandparents told us was the best time to plant! lol

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  8. Looking good, I think one can't go wrong with that.Blessings Francine.

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  9. I just plant when the temps go up! ;-)

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  10. Both my mother and mother in law planted by the moon!!
    It looks like you have a good, healthy, strong beginning.

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  11. Never heard of this idea. I just wait till the weather gets better.

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  12. my bro promises his garden will be awesome this year - so we are hoping for some from his garden. can't wait. fingers crossed on that one. ( :

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  13. Great macros of your seedlings. They look real healthy. I am not planting by the signs but I would always listen to someone who did.

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  14. My seeds are sprouting too, but I plant by the calendar and directions on the seed packets!!

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  15. Looks like your plan is working!

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    1. Lynne, so far so good! We have a long way to go!

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  16. I don't plant by the signs, but it sure can't hurt and there may be some truth in it. Do let us know how everything will work out. I will be doing a lot of planting in the next few weeks.

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  17. I just ordered an almanac of the old farmers thing. I cant wait for it. I love the old days of doing anything and everything!
    -Lisa

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  18. Your seedlings look good, Michelle! I like reading the Farmer's Almanac, and I think it has a lot of wisdom. Our growing season is so short that I usually buy plants already a good size. I've been tempted to buy many annuals and perennials but I can't plant them till the end of May. They are all sitting in wheel barrow and shelves in my garage. Luckily I have windows in there so they get light

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  19. I always wanted to try it out but never got around to it. I remember in KY -- although it is not a sign planting -- one should always plant potatos on some date around St Pats. And folks did use this idea when it came time to get the potatoes in the ground. The signs and other traditions of planting are intriguing -- I do believe them as they came from real planter's experiences over many generations. Please let us know how your garden grew using the signs. -- barbara

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  20. Maybe that's what has been wrong with our garden the past couple of years. We didn't go by the signs. I'll try to remember to do that this year and see if it helps. Certainly won't hurt!

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  21. I always thought the temperature dictate planting time. Then again the moon does have a lot influence over people's moods. So why not plants also..

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    1. Andy, I do have to watch the temperature and threat of frost, but the monthly signs of the moon are always circulation back around. So, even if I miss a day to plant, it comes back around again.

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  22. I heard of this before but don't plant enough to work it through. Seems there may be some scientific reason to it, even it not fully discovered yet. Love your photos and hope the seedlings grow really well.

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  23. I have in the past but this year it just isn't happening. Good luck...your garden sounds divine!

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  24. Those old traditions usually bear themselves out to hold at least some kernel of truth. I haven't tried it, but it might be fun to experiment. Here in the Bible belt, we usually plant our gardens on Good Friday, and it seems to work out fine most years.

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  25. I don't, but I sure don't think it is silly. My parents always liked to plant potatoes for sure by the moon. And we weaned calves that way...and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that works. (I just can't remember the sign now!) But I took the bottle away from my girls when they were babies and it sure was easy.

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  26. Did you know that lightning also promotes growth? Remember that the next time you have a huge lightning and thunder storm come through.

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    1. Butch, I have to admit that I have never heard of that!

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  27. I tried this, but I am too lazy...

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    1. I had to laugh at Rose's comment about taking the bottle away from her girls at the right sign. I remember dropping my bottle and my mother said, "No more!" I really cried. It must have been the wrong sign of the moon that day. We planted potatoes on Good Friday because my dad said that his parents said that if we planted on Good Friday, we would get lots of potatoes instead of lots of green leaves. Your plants look terrific!

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  28. I have never heard of this before...other than seeds. Hummmm....how does one figure out when you should do a certain thing?

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    1. Karen, The Old Farmer's Almanac (I gave a link.) has charts for you to follow. I always buy the book each year and all the charts and weather predictions are included.

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  29. I did not know about the signs, so I haven't planted around them, but I'm intrigued. I'd especially like to know when to cut my hair. Now you're talkin'!

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  30. I must admit I buy the Almanac each year to read, but so far, I have not followed the signs. About the best thing I do for my garden is purchase my seeds from Baker Seed Heritage Seeds.

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    1. Meggie, I also buy my seeds from the Baker Creek Company. They always do well!

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  31. Uhhhh, no. Not me. I buy all vegetables at Publix.

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  32. The Universe is full of mystery for us to discover !

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