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Growing with the Moon in March


Well, assuming that the it actually stops snowing, the weather warms up and so does the ground this is what you ‘should’ be getting up to in your garden in March…

March is a good time to prune apple trees, but do not leave any later than this. Prune when the moon is descending from 1 – 7 March and 22 to 31 March.

To prevent onions and shallots from going to seed, plant them on a day favourable to ‘root’ plants when the moon id descending i.e. 2 to 4 March. When planting asparagus crowns wait for a leaf or root day when the moon is descending i.e. 25 to 26 and 29 to 31 March.

Planting by the Moon

Roots: prepare the ground/sow seed on 2 – 4, 11 – 13 (before 11am), 20 (after noon) – 22 and 29 – 31. Carrots, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, onion (seed and sets), parsnip, salsify, shallots and turnip can all be sown in the open ground, whilst beetroot, celeriac and okra can be sown under protection of a cloche or tunnel. Potatoes can be planted from 29 – 31.

Fruits: prepare the ground/sow seed on 1, 8 (after 2pm) – 9, 18 (after 3pm) – 20 (before noon) and 27. Broad beans and peas can be sown in the open ground. Aubergine, courgette, cucumber, bell peppers, chilli peppers and indoor tomatoes can all be sown under protection.

Leaves: prepare the ground/sow seed on 6 – 8 (before 2pm), 15 (after 3pm) – 18 (before 3pm) and 25 – 26. Brussels sprouts, chervil, leeks, parsley and spinach can be sown in the open ground. Whilst cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, rocket and salad greens can be sown under cover.

Flowers: prepare the ground on 5, 13 (after noon) – 15 (before 1pm), and 23. Globe artichoke can be sown outdoors, whilst cauliflower and calabrese can be sown from the middle of month under protection.

Harvesting in March

Harvest your root vegetables from 1 to 7, 22 to 23, 25 to 27 and 29 to 31 March when the Moon is descending, the best days to harvest are between 1 – 3, 22, 27 and 29 to 31.

Harvest all other vegetables from 8 to 9 and from 11 to 21 March when the Moon is ascending, the best harvesting days are 8 – 9, 11 – 13 and 19 – 21.

No work or harvesting should be done in the garden on 10 ascending node, 24 descending node and 28 perigee.

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I have shallots and never got round to planting them in Feb. I will do it at the best time next week. Thanks for the information.

25 Feb, 2010


You're welcome Hywel

25 Feb, 2010


Hi Moon grower - I have heard that the reason for working by the light of the full moon was to have enough light to prevent turning the earth during sunlit hours when the weed seeds would get enough light to germinate by. Is that why you base your work around the moon or is there another reason?

25 Feb, 2010


lets hope you get a break in the weather mg. Saw the weather on the news tonight. Not good !

Thanks for the info too.

25 Feb, 2010


Hi Sussexsarah - take a look at my blog for loads of info. Most folk who grow by the moon do not go out at midnight to dig or plough... However, there is a lot of scientific backing for growing in line with the moon.

SBG Mr MB & I both hope the weather will improve soon... this level of cold and snow is totally abnormal for Scotland. But we have to remember that whilst the media talks about'Global Warming' the actual problem is 'Climate Change' which means more extremes of everything...

25 Feb, 2010


thanks so much your informations was so helpful thank you have a great year and thanks again. From the USA

26 Feb, 2010


Thank you MG ~ the Daily Express headlines screaming about global warming being a myth and the consequent fall out from the' Climategate' emails have set back public opinion years~my daughter is currently seconded to the Welsh Assembly and is advising on sustainability ~Housing projects to spend their money on for the best environmental return.
She says that the best way to sell it to people is by advising on being carbon neutral and saving power and cost by using insulation and recycling to the max.
It is an inescapable fact that oil will run out and we will need to be more frugal with what we have left as nuclear isn't the best option. ~wave power is the solution considering nine tenths of the world is ocean (but not the Severn Barrage scheme in it's current format as we have no right to engineer an environmental disaster)~Educating the public should be a priority!

26 Feb, 2010


Arlene I think part of the snag is that the media, in particular, has screamed "Global Warming" in fact what they 'should' be writing and talking about is "Climate Change". Yes this will mean that parts of the globe get warmer but others will actually get colder... evidence the iceberg the size of Luxembourg that broke off Antarctica and is going to have a huge impact on the temperature of the Atlantic. We need to rethink the way we live in the western world before it is too late.

26 Feb, 2010


couldnt agree more Mg. I do wish the journalists would not mix up concepts.
another one they mix is the depletion of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect.

but i wont get started on it. :o)

26 Feb, 2010


With apologies to any serious journalists on GoY the majority of the breed seem to me to be there to sensationalise the news... Their behaviour brings to mind that of a terrier with a rat! Yes SBG they get depletion of the ozone layer and greenhouse effect totally confused too... is it any wonder that Joe & Jane Public think there is nothing to worry about?

26 Feb, 2010

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