A long, long, time ago when people still thought the earth was the center of the universe, farmers noticed that the crops (like the waters) responded to the gravitational pull of the moon. Back in those pre-telescope days the moon was closer to the earth so its effects were more pronounced. The difference between high tide and low tide was greater; the moon’s pull on ground water was greater too. The ancient farmers used this knowledge to create their planting schedules. They determined the best time to plant is when the moon is full or when the moon is new. In addition to this ancient moon observation, pre-electricity farmers maintained theories about the stars, using zodiac signs to further specify their plans.
Despite our current understanding of the cosmos these old habits stick around. The continued sale of farmer’s almanacs that specify the best days for planting, weeding, harvesting, weaning, butchering, fishing, and more – share zodiac timetables just like farmers have been since long before the printing press.
Not one to flout antiquated traditions (ha ha) the 8th of March is a prime seed setting day. Not only is the moon new, it is also in the zodiac sign of Pisces and we have an eclipse, not that we can see it in our neck of the woods. Our ancestral farmers tell us that Pisces is a water sign (symbolic of flowing energy and emotional depths) and eclipses bring change with them… perfect for changing seeds into plants.
I’ll take some pictures of the planting and of the raised bed so you can see what we start with. Whatever happens, we’ll keep you posted.