Pat Shingleton: "Moon Phase and Vegetables..."
Due to our heritage and the discipline as kids, that everything we grew in the summer, we consumed in the winter. My brother Kevin and I compare notes on our vegetable growing as he "puts-n" an extraordinary garden. I was putting a few vegetables into some planters recently when he reminded me of what our grandfather, Bert Price, would advise. “Yunz boys better check that thar Moon phase.” Our last full moon was Monday, April 30th. Every 28 days the moon goes through four phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon and “dark of the moon.” When the moon is waxing or it appears larger, its gravitational pull is the greatest and affects not only the oceans but everything containing water. Many believe that above ground crops such as leafy vegetables do better on a waxing moon. We're now in a waning moon pattern with our next full moon targeted for May 30th. You may have noticed your vining crops, such as cucumbers, excelling. Possibly you too planted those around March 3rd when another waning moon was noted. The theory also suggests that vegetables and flowers planted on a waning moon draws more water down to the earth. For future gardening applications, remember Bert's words, ".... better check that thar Moon phase!"
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