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Garden Calendar: When the Whippoorwil Calls

April 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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I live in an area where almost everyone  learned to plant from their parents and grandparents.  You plant corn when the whippoorwil starts calling.  You plant above ground vegetables in the light of the moon and root crops in the dark of the moon.   This is the way things have been done for generations.

Being new to farming as a living, I thought I would research it a bit.  It seems that there may be some basis in fact although it has not been scientifically proven.  According to Marian Owen of PlanTea, it may have something to do with the water tables rising during the gravitational pull of the moon.

We did decide to plant this week because the moon is waxing (coming full) this week.  The danger of frost should be well over by the time the seeds sprout and we are expecting showers through the coming week.  All signs that indicate a good time to plant.

In the ground today, are butter peas, thorogood limas, Contender green beans, Golden Queen and Silver Queen corn.  It is still a bit early to plant corn but it will give it a bit of a head start and we will plant another few rows of late corn in early June.  We also planted half a row of crook neck yellow squash.  It’s probably a bit on the early side for that as well.

The cabbage slips are starting to recover from being transplanted and are actually growing a little.  The broccoli plants are looking great and I have tiny lettuce starting to spring up everywhere.  Not a sign of the spinach or beets yet though.  The beets were planted on the right moon phase but the spinach was off.

Cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are going to be the last thing in the ground as they really need the soil to heat up before they will start to grow.  I think I am going to have to have another bit of a garden just for them as our main garden is full to over flowing already.

Do you plant by the moon?  Do you use the Farmer’s Almanac?  How do you decide when to plant??

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  • 1 marci357 // Apr 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I believe in planting by the moon – and I always have the farmer’s almanac on hand, especially for fishing, but between long work hours and almost constant rain, I just try to get stuff planted whenever I can. :(

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