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Creating a home garden is an easy task to adopt and accomplish when you have the desire, a little space, and the necessary knowledge.
To help you in this task, the ecoagricultor.com portal offers invaluable advice. Among them, how to turn the moon and its phases into powerful allies for the success of your harvest.
As highlighted, the gravitational force of the moon influences the sap of plants, affecting photosynthesis, seed germination and even the movements for this fluid to ascend or descend from the roots to the upper zone.
For example, the phase between the first quarter and the full moon is associated with the maximum concentration of sap in the upper zone of the plants, while in the new and waning moon there is a higher concentration of sap in the roots.
Identifying the four phases of the moon is easy. They are a full moon (the moon is a white circle), a new moon (the moon is totally dark), a last quarter (when the moon forms a C) and a first quarter (joining the two points forms the letter D).
In this phase there may be an increase in pests. In addition, the sap is mainly concentrated in the foliage of the plant, so its foliage grows faster.
During this phase the sap ascends from the roots to the top of the plant. If you sow during this phase, development will be faster, specifically, the foliage will grow much larger than the roots. It is also more common for plants to be less resistant to diseases or pests.
During this phase, it is recommended to carry out tasks such as the control of invasive plants, eliminating those that are not desired in the garden, in addition to other maintenance tasks of the crops.
During the waning moon the plants tend to bear much more fruit. It is a period in which the sap descends to the roots.
Tasks for each moon phase
- Fertilization: For plants with a shallow root, the best time to fertilize is from waxing to full moon. If the plants have deep roots, it is recommended to fertilize from last quarter to new moon.
- Plant reproduction: By cuttings and grafts, the stages between the first quarter and the full moon are more beneficial, because the cuttings sprout better and in terms of grafting, infection problems are avoided and healing is facilitated. To germinate seeds, the best times are the first quarter and the full moon.
- Watering: To encourage the plants to bear more fruit and more flowers, limit watering during the full moon and the first quarter.
- Pruning: To prevent the plant or tree from losing sap, pruning is recommended during the waning moon. And to make it easier for them to sprout again, it is better to prune between the new moon and the waxing moon.
For the trees to develop more foliage, the ideal is to prune them at the new moon, and to promote fruiting it is recommended to prune during the full moon or the last quarter.
On the other hand, for the plants or trees to bear more fruit, it is suggested to prune in the first quarter, and to reduce growth, prune in the last quarter.
- Spontaneous or unwanted plants: If you want to eliminate the so-called weeds, it is better to do it between the full moon and the last quarter.
- Sowing: The fruit plants or trees are sown in the first quarter, except for those that are gleaned, which are sown in the last quarter.
Plants or trees that are grown for their flowers or seeds should be sown in last quarter.
It is advisable to sow those plants that grow and bear fruit on the earth between the first and the new moon, and between the last quarter and the new moon the plants that bear fruit under the ground.
The seeds that take the longest to germinate are sown in the last quarter.
Seeds that germinate early are sown in a crescent.
- Harvest leaves, seeds and flowers: If you are going to dry them it is better to cut them between the waning moon and the new moon. If they are going to be used at the moment, cut them between the crescent moon and the full moon.