• Nick Lott

Gardening by the Moon Dec 2020

source: Moon Calendar & Farmer's Almanac

Gardening by the Moon, or more specifically, according to the phases of the Moon, is an idea that has been around for as long as humans have been growing their own food. It’s becoming more and more in vogue, cropping up (no pun intended) in books, blogs, and other educational materials coming out of the permaculture movement, “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature.”


Waning Gibbous

DEC 1st - 8th - Sow/Plant:

Below ground plants, especially Root plants

Plant trees, shrubs and perennials


- Harvest all crops

- Fertilize, Transplant

- Mow lawns & Prune (to reduce growth)


Waning Crescent

DEC 9th - 13th - Barren phase:

Time to rest. Avoid seed sowing

- Harvest and store crops

- Fertilize, Transplant

- Destroy weeds

- Mow lawns & Prune (to reduce growth)


DEC 14th - NEW MOON

Time to rest, celebrate and meditate


Waxing Crescent

DEC 15th - 20th - Sow/Plant:

Above ground annuals, especially Leaf plants

also Cereals, Herbs, Cucumbers

- Mow lawns (to increase growth)

- Graft & Prune (to increase growth)


DEC 21st - FIRST QUARTER


Waxing Gibbous

DEC 22nd - DEC 29th Sow/Plant:

Above ground annuals, especially Fruit plants

also Cereals and Flowers

- Mow lawns (to increase growth)

- Graft & Prune (to increase growth)


DEC 30th FULL MOON

- Time to rest, celebrate and meditate

- Pick medicinal herbs and plants


Waning Gibbous

DEC 31st Sow/Plant:

Below ground plants, especially Root plants

Plant trees, shrubs and perennials


- Harvest all crops

- Fertilize, Transplant

- Mow lawns & Prune (to reduce growth)


Spraying days:Moon Opposition Saturn