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Lunar Eclipse


The lunar eclipse was very clear up here on our Massachusetts hill. We have perfect conditions for star – and moon – gazing because there is no light pollution. The skies are dark, but brilliant with a splash of the Milky Way and the host of heroes and gods from the Greek and Roman mythologies including Selene, the goddess of the moon whose chariot is pulled by two white cows whose horns are symbols of the crescent moon.

Of course, the moon is important to gardeners because of the effect the phases of the moon have on planting practices. Very simply, plants that fruit abover the ground like beans should be planted when the moon’s light is increasing, from new to the full. this year the best time to plant beans is between June 3 to 15. I can always count on the Old Farmer’s Almanac to lay out the lunar cycles and best planting dates.

Flowering bulbs and vegetables that grow underground should be planted during the dark of the moon, from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again. Therefore beets should be planted betweem May 25 and June 2. Those old farmers know you have to allow for plants that can go in early when the soil is cool, and those that need more warmth and they include that info in their charts.

I confess that while fascinated by this theory I have never given it a try, much less a scientific trial, but it is often in mind as one of those Someday Projects.

If you want to see fabulous photos of the eclipse I recommend you high yourself to Greenbow.

1 comment to Lunar Eclipse

  • Robin (Bumblebee)

    I heard about the lunar eclipse on the news and fully intended to stay up to take photos. Unfortunately, I’m an early riser and my bedtime is about 10 p.m. and I was out like a light by then. Now I have to wait until 2010 for another one!

    Robin at Bumblebee

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