This past weekend was perfect. Warm without being too hot. I'm trying something new this year. Planting with the moon. It's something I've heard about for years. A good friend swears by this method. I looked up some information on The Farmer's Almanac page. It said that Friday and Saturday were good days to plant root crops. There was quite a bit to plant, so off I went.
Friday was all about weeding beds and planting the seed tapes. That afternoon the potatoes arrived from Fedco's Moose Tubers. I had ordered conservatively. Two years ago I over ordered potatoes and was giving them away to gardening friends everywhere. Not wanting to repeat that folly, I under ordered. With 2.5 pounds each of organic Yukon Golds and Rio Grande Russet, I thought I may be slightly under.
I cut them into seed pieces to chit and then realized that if I was to plant with the moon, they needed to go in the next day. By the next morning, they had healed over for the most part. Most had eyes that were at least starting to sprout. This is an experiment, so off I went to plant. It turned out that I needed another 2.5 pounds to finish out the 25 foot bed that was being planted with potatoes. Those were easily obtained at my local Farm Supply. Red Norlands were planted and the bed was finished off.
While I was out getting potatoes, the onions arrived. Thankfully the bed was already prepared. They were going into the other half of the strawberry bed that I had weeded out and fertilized last week.
I'm curious to see if I'll notice any difference in how well anything does. Since I'm not doing any controls, it's not a very thorough experiment, but just one of curiosity. Do you plant by the moon, or whenever you have the time?