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Spring gardening by the moon

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Spring gardening can be a real gamble especially in Great Falls where the weather can be unpredictably cold, wet or windy. Home gardeners can get a head start by keeping in mind some spring growing strategies based on phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

According a National Geographic News article, “More gardeners today are turning to the moon for sage advice on the best time to plant, prune, weed, and harvest. The practice, known as moon or lunar gardening, is cultivating a cult following.”

Gardening by the moon

  • Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather.
  • The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.
  • The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting.
  • From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
  • The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions.

Marcia Bundi of Bundi Gardens in Great Falls said, “The first stop for any new or seasoned gardener is your local garden center, to learn what is new, and when to plant in the local area.”

The last average frost date in Great Falls is May 15.

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