Pat Shingleton: "Planting on the Moon..."
In 16 days we'll welcome springtime and we may tie the number of freeze days for the season. LSU's Agricultural Department provides guidance for springtime planting dates as some gardeners attest to the importance of the moon phases in assisting plant growth. Every 28 days our moon advances through four phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon and the dark of the moon or fourth quarter. During the first two phases, a larger appearing moon is referred to as waxing while the waning moon transfers from full to new. Gardeners contend a waxing moon not only gravitationally pulls the oceans but all objects containing water for planting above-ground crops. Reversing the water cycle, below ground crops respond to a waning moon.