PLANTING AND HARVESTING
A simple but practical demonstration of planetary influence is to plant some seed when the Moon is in a fruitful sign such as CANCER, which is the most fruitful of all the Zodiac; then when the Moon is in the barren sign, LEO, plant some more of the same lot of seed. The results will clearly show the wisdom and advantage of working in harmony with Nature-putting your work in time with her vibrations, so to speak, because of the difference in the yield from the two plantings.
Planting is best done in the signs of SCORPIO, PISCES, TAURUS or CANCER: all fruitful signs. Astrologers say it is best to plant all things which yield above ground in the increase of the Moon and things which yield below ground when the Moon is decreasing.
Never plant anything in the barren sign. They are only good for grubbing, trimming, deadening and destroying noxious growths.
As the Zodiacal sign, LIBRA, denotes beauty, being also an airy sign, it is considered best for flowers. The seeds should be planted in the First Quarter of the Moon unless seeds from the plant are desired in which case, plant between the Second Quarter and the Full Moon.
First Quarter - Increasing Moon
(New Moon To First Quarter Moon)
During the First Quarter of the Moon plant the following: asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, barley, cabbage, cauČliflower, celery, cucumbers, corn, cress, endive, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, oats, onions, parsley and spinach; also seeds of flowering plants.
Avoid the first day of New Moon for planting, also the days on which it changes Quarters.
Second Quarter - Increasing Moon
(First Quarter Moon to Full Moon)
During the Second Quarter of the Moon plant beans, egg plant, muskmelon, peas, pepper, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes and watermelon.
When possible plant seed while the Moon is in the fruitful sign of CANCER, SCORPIO OR PISCES. The next best signs are TAURUS and CAPRICORN.
Third Quarter - Decreasing Moon
(Full Moon to Last Quarter Moon)
During the Third Quarter of the Moon plant the following: artichoke, beets, carrots, chickory, parsnips, potatoes, radish, rutabaga, turnip, and all bulbous flowering plants.
Fourth Quarter - Decreasing Moon
(Last Quarter Moon to New Moon)
During the Fourth (last) Quarter of the Moon turn the sod, pull weeds and destroy noxious growths, especially when the Moon is in the barren signs GEMINI, LEO and VIRGO.
Pick apples and pears during the old Moon and the bruised spots will dry up. If picked in the new Moon the spots will rot.
Harvest all crops when the Moon is growing old; they keep better and longer.
Dig root crops for seed during the Third Quarter of the Moon. They will keep longer and are usually dryer and better.
Grain intended for future use or seed should be harvested at the increase of the Moon.
Fruit and vegetables gathered just before Full Moon in the Second Quarter will usually stand shipment very much better than others.