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Pat Shingleton: Sunlight or Moonlight?

1 year 9 months 4 days ago March 02, 2015 Mar 2, 2015 Monday, March 02 2015 March 02, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
By: Pat Shingleton

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.

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