Friday, August 22, 2008
Planting by the Moon
A couple of weeks ago I missed the Austin Organic Gardeners monthly meeting. I wanted to go because the topic was one of my favorites--fall vegetable gardening, but I completely forgot. Luckily, a friend did not and shared her notes with me.
About 130 people attended the meeting, more proof that interest in vegetable gardening is exploding. (I think regularly the meetings have about 30 people.) The speaker was Tim Miller, who runs a CSA-farm in Kyle. The most amazing part of his farm is that it's all dryland farming. Miller uses no supplemental water. Unbelievable! Particularly with the summer we've had. I so wish I had remembered to attend and learned more about this.
One of the keys to Miller's success is meticulous record keeping. He tracks rainfall, wind direction, moon phase, temperatures, when the seedling emerge, etc. From his records, he came up with this planting schedule, which is far more specific than the Organic Gardeners planting calendar I usually reference. The dates are tied to the phases of the moon and specific to the Austin area.
The only thing I am unsure about on this calender is the September 4th date for flowers (most annuals). I wonder if that includes wildflowers?
A couple other interesting tidbits from Miller's talk: he expects us to have an early freeze this year--October 14. At this point of the summer, it's hard to imagine temperatures below 70 degrees, much less 32 degrees. He also noticed that when we did get rain this summer it was usually around the full moon.
I think I will give his schedule a try. It will encourage and remind me to plant successive crops of certain vegetables, and maybe, just maybe this year I will end up with at least one full-sized carrot!
Have any of you had success planting according to the phases of the moon?