Gardening by the moon has been practised through the ages. Through observation and experience, gardeners have learned that seeds and plants grow more quickly during some parts of the month than others.
The reason is the moon has a strong gravitational pull. Just as it controls the tides, so it controls the moisture in the soil and influences how quickly seeds germinate and plants grow.
The increase in moonlight influences how quickly and strongly seeds and plants grow.
The phases of the moon are divided into four quarters lasting approximately seven days each.
The four quarters are:
1. New Moon 2. First Quarter
These periods are called the waxing moon. It’s a time of increased light and stronger sap flow in plants.
3. Full Moon 4. Last Quarter
These periods are called the waning moon. This is a time of decreased light and the sap starts to flow downwards.