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The moon has an influence on gardening with its different phases. A plant's root or leaf growth is encouraged during the moon's increasing or decreasing of light, through the pull of lunar gravity.

Just as the moon pulls the ocean tides, it also pulls the smaller bodies of water, causing moisture to rise closer to the surface during the waxing (increasing) moon or drawing the roots down during the waning moon.

Plant annuals that produce crops above ground during the increasing light. In the third quarter, just after the full moon, plant bulbs and root crops. This period, when the energy is moving down, is also the best time to transplant and prune. The last quarter is best for cultivating and harvesting. While the moon is growing (waxing) activities associated to growing, planting, starting seedlings, transplanting and grafting are benefited. While the moon is shrinking (waning) it is best to do activities that discourage growth, digging fence holes, pest control, pruning, weeding, tilling.

NEW MOON
There is an increase in root growth now. It is a good time for planting and transplanting above ground annuals. Short and extra-long germinating seeds can also be sown now.
Mow lawns for increased growth.

SECOND QUARTER ) last quarter
There is an increase in leaf growth now and it is a good time for planting and transplanting above ground annuals.
Mow lawns for increased growth.

FULL MOON
There is a balance between leaf- and root growth now. Plant root crops, perennials, biennials, bulbs, and long germinating seeds now. It is a good time for transplanting, pruning and harvesting fruits for storage and drying.
Mow to slow growth of lawns.

FOURTH QUARTER ( first quarter
This is a resting period for the garden and neither root nor leaf is active. Do some pest- and weed control, pruning, cultivation and harvesting for storage and herbs for drying.
Start compost piles.

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