A few nights that we where out at the weed garden spraying the plants with neem oil, we noticed just how bright the moon was. We noticed one night it was a full moon and then the next night it was a more of a quarter moon. We had heard a little about moon gardening and cannabis and we wanted to see if it really does work.
Using the moon for a better grow.
An old Native American school of gardening known as moon or lunar gardening relies on how the moon can affect the development, growth and harvest of crops and plants. Lunar gardening focuses on following a certain lunar calendar in order to maximize the yield and health of your garden.
Today, modern marijuana farmers are picking up on these old school traditions and realizing that by paying close attention to the moon and its monthly orbit they are able to make bigger, high quality yields each time.
What exactly is lunar gardening?
Moon gardening is an ancient gardening practice that involves planting your crops at different times of the moon's monthly orbit circling the earth. It has been in practice around the world for centuries now. Some lunar gardeners also say that the moon's gravitational pull can affect the moisture levels in soil by pulling moisture closer to the earth's surface. This will ultimately improve the chances of getting the seeds to germinate effectively.
There are 2 main theories to moon planting.
Plants that bear fruit or flowers above ground should be planted during the waxing period of the moon or when it goes from new moon to full moon.
Plants that produce crops below the ground as well biennial and perennial flowers should be planted during the moon's waning period or when the moon goes from full to a new moon.
Pay attention to the moon's orbit through the zodiac.
- Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces = water
- Gemini, Libra and Aquarius = air
- Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn = Earth
- Aries, Leo and Sagittarius = Fire
Moon farmers say that following and studying the lunar orbit allows them better insight into when to sow certain seeds. This allows them to have better control over their plants and maximize the quality and size of their harvests.
We always plant our seeds on Mother's day and harvest during a new moon.
By following these practices we managed to get our sativa plants up over 8 feet tall. We even had to tie them down like an arch to keep them from peeking over the fence. It was a success with 7 plants producing almost a full pond of flower per plant. Lunar gardening is a great way to maximize your yield.