Moon planting - magic or madness?
The heavy rain we just had will have wreaked havoc on young seedlings or just-planted seeds in the garden. That is one reason why I have an indoor propagation table, with Growlight and capillary watering system. No matter what the weather does, I can produce healthy, well-grown seedlings.
I mention this because I’ve decided to use my set up to test the well-known gardener’s mythology of planting according to moon phase. There are several different (and mutually exclusive) systems, but the one I’m using seems popular. Several gardeners whom I respect swear by it.
According to the system, we should plant ‘leaf’ crops like lettuce, silverbeet and so on during the time that the new moon waxes up until the first quarter. Seeds of fruiting plants like tomatoes and pumpkins should go in while the first quarter grows to the full moon. Root crops should go in while the moon wanes from full to last quarter, and from the last quarter to dark of the moon we should not plant.
I will plant one or two punnets of seeds from each group every three days, taking note of the moon phase and labelling as I go. Then I’ll check every day for signs of germination, recording the time taken for seedlings to emerge and the evenness of germination. All punnets will be filled with identical seed-raising mix and all will have the same moderate temperature, light and moisture.
I haven’t got the kind of vegie garden where I can give plants identical conditions to grow on, so I won’t be planting out and continuing to observe growth and time to harvest. Still, if there is any pattern or remarkable effect, at least something should be observable in the seedlings. I await the results with some interest, and will let you know.