As you know, I was raised a City Girl, but when I grew up and fell in love, it was with a dairy farming, corn fed, Country Boy!
Dale and I have lived outside of town for 12 years now, on a nice chunk of acreage. I quickly fell in love with Country Life, even if it meant doing chicken chores and planting gardens.
Dale and I both have AMAZING Gardeners in the family, so sadly, they left only the BLACK THUMBS to us.
It took a few years, a lot of killed plants, and a multitude of mistakes, but we now have 2 big gardens, and a strawberry patch, that we maintain in the summer. SUCCESSFULLY I might add!
We are also teaching ourselves to can our produce, so that has been exciting! I will share some of those favorite recipes later this summer if you’d like.
My Aunt, who we call the Gardening Goddess of the family, plants by the Moon. You may think that sounds silly, but if you read about the Full moon and its pull on the waves of the ocean and the tide, you will see it is INDEED something to pay attention to.
If you still don’t believe me, just talk to a Labor and Delivery or ER Nurse.
So supposedly, plants that are sown in the days before these moon cycles, will be more productive. Moon Gardeners say that the gravitational force of the full moon affects the water in the soil, as well as the magnetic field changes of the Earth that encourage plant growth.
I can’t prove this or disprove this, but we try to do this every year and it WORKS for us!
New Moon – 1st Quarter: Above ground crops with seeds you see. Cabbage, lettuce, spinach etc.
1st Quarter – Full Moon: Above ground crops with seeds in pods, fruit or flowers. Beans, melons, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers etc.
Full Moon – Last Quarter: Blubs & Roots Crops. Carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes, grapes.
Last Quarter – New Moon: Barren.
Spring finally seems to be here!
I don’t know about you, but I was so excited about its arrival, that I wet my plants.
Tee hee! 😉