Planting by the Moon - Lunar Planting

When I first embarked on my farming journey, it felt like I was a professional seed killer. No matter what I did, I couldn't seem to get it right. It was disheartening, to say the least. Then one day, I stumbled upon an article about lunar gardening. Curious but skeptical, I asked my organic consultant, Arina, about it. I expected laughter, but to my surprise, she affirmed that it was a tried and true method she used as well! Intrigued? You should be!

Planting by the phases of the moon might sound like an "airy-fairy" practice, but it's actually grounded in science. And no, it doesn't involve dragging your seeds outside in the dead of night with the moon as your only guide. Just as the moon influences ocean tides, it also affects soil moisture. Additionally, the moon impacts plant growth through geotropism – plants' growth response to gravity. Roots grow downward (positive geotropism), while shoots and stems grow upward (negative geotropism).

At Femme Pétale, we sow our seeds primarily before the new moon. During the new moon, the gravitational pull draws water to the soil's surface, causing seeds to swell and improving germination. We also believe this results in stronger plants. As the moonlight increases, it promotes stem and leaf growth.

Just before the full moon, we transplant seedlings, plant bulbs or tubers, move plants, or take cuttings. The full moon enhances moisture absorption, and as the light wanes, it encourages robust root development.

Why not give this method a try? Explore our seed sowing guide and see how lunar gardening can boost your planting success. We'd love to hear about your experiences!