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Unlock the secret to moon planting

Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre gives spring gardening tips.
Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre gives spring gardening tips. Sarah Harvey
NEW PHASE: Chelsea with her Moon Planting Calendar.
NEW PHASE: Chelsea with her Moon Planting Calendar. Contributed

DOES it ever feel like you are just unlucky in the garden and then once in a blue moon you hit jackpot and everything goes according to plan?

Have you ever tried to germinate seeds and sometimes you get 90% success rate and other times not one measly seed grows yet you did nothing different.

Don't despair it may not be you but greater forces at play.

The Moon.

For thousands of years people have been practicing Moon Planting.

Moon planting is based on the synodic period of the Moon from one New Moon to the next, an average period of 29.5 days.

Over this time, farmers observed that all aspects of farming seemed to be affected by the interaction of the gravitational forces between the Sun, the Moon and Earth.

The plant geeks, scientists, have found variations in sap flow and biological functions in plants, and subtle changes in Earth's electro-magnetic fields, correspond to the Moon's gravitational pull. Or for us non plant geeks just as the moon influences the seas tides, it also affects the motion of water in plants and soil. The ebb and flow of this water can have an impact on seed germination, flower development and fruit production.

Further proof - The Better Homes and Gardens team did an experiment a few years ago and found that seeds germinated sooner, plants were healthier and produced higher yields when they followed the moon planting guide. If it works for Graham Ross, I'm in!

Ok, so how do we unlock the secrets to moon planting? With a Moon Planting Calendar of course.

Moon Planting Calendars can help unlock the secrets of the lunar cycles with easy-to-follow directions on the right time to plant, when to fertilise, when to cultivate, when to harvest and when is best to time preserve fruit. I believe Thomas Zimmer's Moon Planting calendar is the best for us, in the Southern Hemisphere, to use. It is produced in Australia for Australian conditions.

It is a detailed chart that gives the correct lunar and astrological planting times for fruiting and leafy vegetables and covers the best times to weed, transplant seedlings, prune, harvest and irrigate.

The calendar also contains astrological information such as moon phase, equinox, solstice and eclipse dates and times, including annual planting by the moon guides as well as an astrological commentary on the year to come. Plus it looks attractive too!

So this year don't rely on luck. Get yourself a Thomas Zimmer Moon Calendar at Trevallan Lifestyle Centre and rely on a way of gardening that has proven successful for thousands of years.

Topics:  chelsea van rijn, gardening, opinion


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