Pat Shingleton: Sunlight or Moonlight?
Spring "springs" in 18 days as folks attend to their lawns, gardens and flower beds. The Farmer's Almanac and publications from LSU's Agriculture Department provide guidance. Some gardeners attest to the importance of the moon phases in 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. Within the first two phases, a larger moon is referred to as waxing while the waning moon transfers from full to new. Master Gardener Camm Morton suggests that 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.