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Chanterelle
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posted December 29, 2020 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have yet to find the perfect almanac, or fulfill my own ambitions about good record-keeping, testing and verifying much of the information Iíve come across on this topic. Just going to start using this as a link-dump for various sources on the topic... gotta start somewhere, right?
So, the super-basics: just moon phase. With this system you plant root crops when the moon is waning and above-ground crops when itís waxing. (Energy being drawn up or downó same principle applies to timing of pruning, drilling for sap, stripping bark, etc.)
I used to buy the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar, but I honestly donít like the format. According to this system, you plant for root growth when the moon is in Earth signs; for flower growth when the moon is in air signs; for leaf and stem growth when the moon is in water signs; and for fruit growth when the moon is in fire signs. Other systems consider certain signs barren, suitable for tilling or cutting brush but not for planting anything.

My new favorite way-beyond-gardening, unfortunately just an archive of old material: The Waterman and Hill-Travellerís Companion, a Natural Events Almanac. http://www.naturealmanac.com/

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posted December 29, 2020 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/calendar
http://mooncalendar.astro-seek.com/
http://hagstonejournal.com/old-ways-of-appalachia-planting-by-the-signs-of-the-zodiac/

Just more links... will start quoting from the Foxfire Book and stuff like that once I have a real keyboard to type on again. For real. I hereby resolve to pursue a course of consistent and thorough observation. And also to build a better fence.

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posted December 29, 2020 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted January 12, 2021 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently Moon-Saturn oppositions are an ideal time to plant seeds for strong form and structure. Iím going to set Feb 25 as my target date for starting tomato, pepper, cucumber, and gourd seedlings indoors.
http://mooncalendar.astro-seek.com/biodynamic-moon-saturn-gardening-calendar-2021
March 24: waxing gibbous moon in Cancer opp Saturn: sow arugula, lettuce, collards, etc.
But now Iím noticing a discrepancy: the above link shows ALL of the moon-Saturn oppositions to be in Leo, which is obviously not the case. According to a different part of the same site, Moon moves from Cancer to Leo on Feb 26. http://mooncalendar.astro-seek.com/gardening-moon-calendar-guide-february-2021

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posted February 08, 2021 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to make a record of some discussion/meditation topics from this weekend: ďto cureĒ as both giving medicine/relieving illness and as a process for long-term preservation; personal and ancestral grief and methods for dealing with such (conversation, dance, energy work, rituals of remembrance) and concentric rings of support within a community; Ďbury the hatchet to plant the treeí. Also, had to find a new sit spot because my old one is too close to a bobcat den. I woke up to snow coming down everywhere and walked just far enough to hear the creek running in the background. A dog made off with my rabbit skin, so Iím working on some bone jewelry instead.

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posted February 14, 2021 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Waxing crescent in Pisces = plant leaf crops. Iím going to start a flat of lettuce.
Nope, wishful thinking, not enough window space.

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posted March 02, 2021 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My garden to-do list for this month:
3/1-12: pruning, brush clearing, transplanting shrubs if not too wet
3/13-21: Mulching, fence repair
3/22: Plant miscellaneous leftover flower seeds
3/24: Plant leafy greens
3/26-27: Soak seeds and start indoor flats of peppers & sugar snap peas
3/29: Plant potatoes

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posted March 02, 2021 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How's the weather there this week? Any pollen yet?

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posted March 02, 2021 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got one sweaterless day, then rain, then cold again. First yellow crocuses today, though!

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posted March 23, 2021 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Catch-and-release season for wasps in the house... one of my less favorite signs of spring.

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posted April 23, 2021 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tiger swallowtails all month, big black & yellow centipedes since around the new moon, one hummingbird last week, one firefly in the kitchen yesterday. Also saw nine snapping turtles by the river, found a good haul of morels and first flush on my shiitake logs. Making cordage out of pawpaw bark and hoping to strip some poplar this weekend. Temps mostly low 40s around sunrise, but barely above freezing some days. They call this a blackberry winter.
New ginseng from seed emerged about a week ago.

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posted May 28, 2021 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harvesting honeysuckle and red clover flowers for tea today. Last night was the first really good night for fireflies, and a ladybug larva crawled across my knee yesterday. Larval-stage fireflies eat snails, slugs and worms.

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posted November 03, 2021 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Planted bulbs on 10/23: garlic, shallots, tulips and saffron crocus (pretty late for that last one, but worth a try.) Iíve actually done very little vegetable gardening this year, mostly focused on clearing out invasive species like privet, honeysuckle and multiflora rose.

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