Gardening By The Moon

Did you check out the moon last night?  The “Full Pink Moon” is the name of April’s large full moon. The Native Americans kept track of the seasons by naming the full moons. April’s full moon is named after the wild growing Phlox or “herb pink moss”, since it’s one of the year’s earliest growing widespread flowers. Did you know that you can garden by the phases of the moon. It can be tricking if you’re time is short you have to work gardening into your busy work, social, and family calendar instead of just doing it when you have time. I’ve been gardening by the moon for a couple years now and I can’ t do it 100% because of my crazy schedule but I do try to do some throughout the year, squeezing in a couple hours here and there to gain all the possible benefits.

Gardening by the phases of the moon has enormous benefits to your seeds, plants, and harvests. Each phase controls the gravitational pull and the amount of moisture in the soil. Water levels are at their highest during the new and full moon. And seeds absorb the most water during the full moon. Here are the four phases of the moon and each of its benefits.

New Moon- water level is high. Seeds swell and burst. It’s the best time to start seeds of annual plants and plant above ground vegetables and grains such as lettuces, cabbage, cauliflower, and grains.

1st Quarter-This is the time for strong leaf growth. A good time to planting and transplanting, such as tomatoes, melons, peppers, and beans.

Full Moon- Moisture levels are at their highest. This is the perfect time for root crops such as beets, carrots, onions, bulbs and perennials.

4th Quarter- This time has decreasing moonlight and gravitational pull. It’s considered a resting period so it’s the best time to cultivate, harvest, and prune plants.

Pretty cool huh? Sounds like a lot of planning too, but it’s definitely well worth the extra planning once you go out this summer and pick an abundance of squash, cucumbers, beans, peppers, and the best tomatoes! Think you want to try it out? Here are the phases for the month for May so you can plan ahead! Let me know what you think and how it worked out if you try it! Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

May’s Moon Phases:

  • 1st Quarter-April 29th
  • Full Mooon-May 6th
  • Last Quarter-May 12th
  • New Moon-May 21st
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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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