Watching the moon made me return to a long-time question: should I extend my astrological gardening beyond that primitive level that I am at now? So far, I've followed just the main principle: above-ground crops should be planted during the increasing phases of the moon, below-ground crops in the decreasing phases. Do I want to stop here or do I want to also watch the signs of the zodiac? The moon moves into a new constellation every 2-3 days.
There are fruitful signs and there are barren signs. I like the description of them from Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Here are some examples.
* Cancer is an excellent sign for planting, transplanting, budding, and grafting.
* Scorpio is a good sign for planting, transplanting, and budding, especially with vines.
* Pieces favors plants requiring strong root development.
* Taurus is semi-fruitful but good for root and leaf crops.
* Capricorn is not quite as fruitful as Taurus but suitable for root cropsand tubers.
* Libra is semi-fruitful, good for root crops, vines, lettuce, cabbage, and corn.
As for the barren signs, Leo and Virgo seem to be the worst. (Maybe it's a good thing that my husband stays away from my garden since he's a Virgo! Joke. He is a helper.) Together with Aquarius and Gemini, they are good for weeding and cultivating. Aries is barren, but appropriate for planting onions and garlic. Sagittarius is the sign for seeding hay crops, planting onions, and cultivating. I certainly will remember that Aquarius is a sign for killing pests! They say that for best results, you should plant when the moon is in both an appropriate phase and a fruitful zodiac sign.
Well... I might change my mind next time I see this gorgeous moon...
If you want to read more about astrological gardening, this is a good place http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com/signs.html