Green Living

Want a Great Garden? Use the Moon.


“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted.” – Ecclesiastes 3

Planting with the moon cycle in mind is a cool way to really get in touch with Mother Nature and experience the energy, vibrations and wisdom with the cycles and rhythms of the earth. I feel like gardening this way has helped me become aware of my own cycles, rhythms and be in touch with my self and my emotions.

I have been gardening by the moon since I started gardening. I don’t always get it right. Sometimes life is so full and I am happy to just get the damn seeds/plants in the ground, regardless of where the heck the moon is at. I never say, “Oh man, I missed the proper moon window, I will just try again next season.”

But I always plant. Gardening is a crap shoot, no matter what you do, or how long you do it. There will always be failures and unexpected circumstances. So don’t let that hold you back. I view gardening as a huge experiment and I never have any preconceived expectations of how a crop is going to do (which is also a great skill to practice in other areas of your life).

I started out with this attitude because I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning and I wasn’t going to let my inexperience stop me from starting. And then I quickly realized that even the most experienced farmers can’t entirely predict what is going to happen. One year basil is just going to suck and there is nothing you did wrong!

I am also a huge fan of astrology. I like to look to astrology to pick important dates, especially when it comes to business. For example, I will NEVER launch a book or business idea in mercury retrograde!

During the 1st Quarter of the moon/spring plant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Barley, Cabbage, Cress, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leek, Oats, Parsley, Onions, Spinach and seeds of flowering plants.

During the 2nd Quarter of the moon/summer plant: Beans, Eggplant, Peas, Pepper, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes and Watermelon.

During the 3rd Quarter of the moon/fall plant: Artichoke, Beets, Carrots, Chicory, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnip and all bulbous flowering plants.

During the 4th Quarter of the moon/winter: turn sod, pull weeds, destroy noxious growth, cover beds.

In general you want to plant root crops when the moon is decreasing (also known as waning-which means is it getting smaller after a full moon).

And plant above ground crops when the moon is increasing (also known as waxing-which is when it is getting bigger going towards a full moon).






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    January 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Wow thank you for going through all the work of giving us a chart. And a very pretty one. Will come in very handy this year.

    • Stephanie
      January 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      You are so welcome! Hope it is helpful for you!

  • Jamie
    January 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    It’s so funny you posted this. January is when I start planning my gardens and I thought about using the moon cycles to plant. I just wanted to ask if this is a 2013 calendar or something we can use every year? I know the moon cycles and the solar calendar we use don’t match up so I wanted to check. Thanks.

    • Stephanie
      January 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Yes, these are the dates that are specific to 2013. I mentioned the general guidelines in the post, but the dates are for 2013. And if you really get into this way of gardening, of the specific dates, say to plant above ground plants that month, there are peak dates that are the absolute best.

  • Adelina Priddis
    January 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Ooo, pinning this! I do have one question, have you ever planted asparagus before? We tried 2 summers ago, and then were told it took years to grow asparagus. I didn’t really know where to go from there, and couldn’t find any help on exactly how to care for the plants and get them to grow.
    I’m pretty excited for this years growing season to get here. We got a new house with a huge garden plot.

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Yay! Thank you! I have not grown asparagus before, but you are correct it takes years before you can harvest asapargus. You are suppossed to pinch off buds the first several years so the roots can get established (this is also very common for small fruit trees and blueberries). Congrats on your new house and garden!!

  • Keri
    January 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Thank you for this awesome chart! Where do I find the vegetables that correspond with the chart? I want to print this out for my Amish neighbor and can’t find the list of veggies.

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      The list of veggies is in the post. I didn’t add them to the calendar, because every micro climent is very different. The veggies listed in the post will give you a general idea of what to plant though.

  • Angela
    January 6, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    This is too cool! Thanks for posting! Have you ever heard of potty training to the moon cycles? I know Penelope is already potty trained, but I’m getting ready to start potty training my daughter. An older pediatrician I knew swore by it but I’m not sure how you read the moon phases to find out which one is good. Just curious….

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      OMG that sounds so interesting and something I would love to learn about!!! Do you have a good book or article that I can read for more info? Thanks so much!!!

  • annie
    January 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    What do you mean by seed beds?

    • Stephanie
      January 27, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Good question, sorry! It means to start seeds inside in small seed beds (I use old egg cartons).

      • annie
        January 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM


  • Joanatron
    September 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Is the chart different every year?

    • Stephanie
      September 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Slighty yes, but generally it’s the same. And the general guidelines stay the same every year.