Gardening by the moon

Gardening by the moon has been practiced for thousands of years. Gardening by the moon is not about planting at night but involves planting and harvesting in accordance with the lunar cycle.

“Shine on, shine on harvest moon” is the song lyric, which gardeners here on the Gulf Coast can sing most of the year because of the long production season.

While most gardeners ignore the phases of the moon in regard to optimum planting times, the moon and its phases are given significant credit by some for their gardening success or failure. Planting by the moon does not mean going out at midnight to put your garden crop in.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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Gary Miller

My Grand father was a farmer on a homestead in Oklahoma. He planted by the moon if everything else was right. Soil temp and moisture content led his list. Last and next frost were considered. Antisipated harvest time market was considered. All and all I learned a good farmer needed to be smart and lucky.

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