It’s now march, the month that brings about the beginning of spring. So now is the perfect time to get your 2018 garden planned out, and maybe even get some of your seeds started inside. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited to get my garden going this year, it’s going to be in collaboration with the rest of my family and a friend or two.
We’re using the old school methods to plan out our garden too. Farmers and gardeners alike have been using the moon phase calendar to plan out their own planting and harvesting schedule for as long as agriculture has been a part of our lives.
What is the Moon Phase Calendar?
There are 8 phases of the moon, and the whole cycle takes about 28 days to rotate through them all. The tracking of the phases across that cycle is called the moon phase calendar. The Lunar calendar, by contrast, is when 12 of these 28 day cycles are combined together to form the lunar year.
The eight phases are the: new, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning gibbous.
Each phase on the moon phase calendar has specific personality traits attached to it too. Click here to learn all about them.
The Moon Phase meanings
Each moon phase has a specific meaning, especially when it comes to planting. Starting your garden cycle with the new moon is the best time to start accumulating the materials and working out your grow plan. Because of all the different meanings behind the moon phases it’s important to plan your gardening habits accordingly.
The moon phase calendar is divided into two main sections: the waxing and waning phases. And while the meanings behind each individual phase may vary, there are trends for each side of the moon phase calendar that you can generally rely on.
The waxing phases
The waxing phases are a great time to start new projects and work on building up and creating. If you start with the New Moon, by the time the full moon comes back around on the moon phase calendar, you’ll have some amazing results to share. So sow the seeds of the future with the waxing phases!
Yes, that was intentional, and I am aware of how bad it was.
The waning phases
After the full moon phase comes the waning phases. The waning phases are more for reflection on progress made, and reorganization. When it comes to gardening, the waning phases of moon phase calendar are better suited to the maintenance and care of plants, rather than trying to start new ones. And definitely don’t even think about upgrading your seedlings to the dirt or bigger pots until the waning phases have passed and the waxing is upon us.
How to use this months moon phase calendar
March is a unique month, there’s a bonus full moon this month. The blue moon coming up at the end of the month leaves room for it to still begin.
The new moon phase comes around on the 17th this month, so you’ve still got a week to get into your garage and clean and declutter it and find your gardening supplies from last year. If you start on the 17th and by the first day of spring (the 20th) rolls around you’ll be ready to put the seeds in the soil and have a great year of wonderful garden plants.
The full moon will come around at the end of the month, and by then you should have a sturdy set of starters going.
What’s in my garden this year
My garden is always a nice mix of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. My garden always has tomatoes, basil, sage, parsley and rosemary. I also like to plant some medicinal inspired herbs like Yarrow, though what exactly I’m planning on planting this year is still to be determined. My garden is going to be a collaboration with my mom so we’re also going to include lots of great flowers like Marigolds (which are great for attracting Bees and repelling the parasitic bugs that can wreck my garden.