It won’t be too much longer until time to drop those seeds into the soil. Our eyes are already on the calendar for the “frost free” date; then seeds in hand, we charge forth with the greatest of expectations for a bountiful crop of whatever. But hold on! Have you also checked the phases of the moon and the signs of the Zodiac? From ancient times, farmers have relied on the moon to tell them when to plant.

Those of us who are supposed to know better pay no attention to such things, but at the same time, we do not walk under ladders and we knock on wood to assure that things go right, all the time saying that we are not superstitious. This is not an endorsement of planting by the Zodiac, but what I am suggesting is that just for fun, we experiment.

Plant some seeds by the moon and others as you would normally plant them, then check the differences, if any, and let us know the results. Sure, this has been done in experimental stations, but let’s give it a try in our back yards. If we receive any reports at the end of the season, we will share them with you. The Home and Garden Television Channel has the following planting tips:

New moon to the first quarter, plant above-ground crops such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, and spinach.

From the first quarter to the full moon: plant tubers and root crops such as beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, garlic, and onions as well as strawberries and grapes.

From the last quarter to the full moon: avoid planting anything.

Please send any reports directed to my attention at the Extension Office.

George Weisser, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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