Moon Phases May Grow Better Plants


Moon phases and gardening have been speculated to work together when it comes to getting the most out of sowing seeds. With all of the scientific knowledge about the moon and its phases that may conclude an answer to this, it could very well be possible. Most everyone may already be somewhat familiar with the many different theories conspired about what happens to society when the moon goes through certain phases. A few of those theories that mostly pertain to human behavior, like as human beings begin to act more abnormal with each passing phase of the moon, may not have much supporting scientific evidence to back up such rumors. However, if there are any correlations between the moon and its phases that may help bring out the best in how plants grow, the better understanding one has about how this works may mean better crops. 

It may be presumed that the new moon (first quarter) phases may be better for cultivating the soil since this is supposedly when the moon’s gravitational pull on the earth is the strongest. With such a strong force as this being directed toward the earth, this could help draw moisture upward to the area where the seedlings are planted, causing the planted seeds to germinate properly and quickly. These phases of the moon are assumed to be the best time to plant grains and vegetables that grow above the ground such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, celery, and cauliflower. The second quarter phases of the moon are said to be better for those plants that need to grow strong leaves due to the moon’s decreased gravitational pull that will not draw excess moisture to the surface. Examples of these types of crops that produce mainly above the ground would include melons, peppers, squash, beans, and tomatoes. The full moon quarter may benefit those plants that require a lot of moisture but not much lighting so that all energy is directed towards the roots of the plant. Peanuts, carrots, and potatoes are assumed to fall under this category as well as perennials, bulbs, and biennials. During the moon’s fourth quarter phase is when it may be best for cultivating and harvesting.

According to experienced farmers, the phases of the moon actually does determine which portion of the plant will benefit the most. When speculating how this applies to produce, it may be the magnetic energy between the earth and the moon during each of its phases that could be most beneficial to growing specific kinds of plant life.Researching to determine when the phases of the moon will occur may be the better option for those in the agricultural industry since these plants most likely need to grow in the highest possible quality of soil and natural lighting for a productive harvest. Several gardening books may also offer helpful hints and advice for cultivation techniques, how to grow the best productive crops, and which phase of the moon could be perfect depending on the type of produce being produced.

Opinion by Stephanie Tapley


National Geographic

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