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Ant Attack!

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My recently planted fruit trees are striving to make themselves at home in my hot climate.But now some local ants, large and small, are turning the leaves into their personal smorgasbord.  A.  I…Continue

What are no work self perpetuating edibles?

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Are melons the best thing to grow in Virginia?

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Hey all! so im thinking that apart from perennial fruits melons are the best bang for my buck, is this accurate?Continue

Watching our gardens grow (total of 4 and a half gardens)

Started by Cassie K May 29, 2014. 0 Replies

I haven't been busy much in the garden, I have mostly been watching the plants grow. I still have left some tomatoes needed to be transplanted as well as melons and cantaloupe plants. Some of the…Continue

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Comment by jimmy on April 28, 2012 at 6:26pm

Not much Lekoma,its been sooo wet here,too wet to disturb the soil,however I did mange to plant some kale,spinach, more bananas,some more citrus,a lychee,a carambola and a black sapote tree after the soil dried out somewhat last week.However I have tomatoes,cucumbers and lettuce still to pick from,and sweet potatoes.

Comment by jimmy on April 27, 2012 at 8:53am
Comment by jimmy on April 15, 2012 at 8:28am

Do you get frost there in winter?

Ishia?,never heard of that one only the yellow Ishica

Comment by jimmy on April 14, 2012 at 7:47pm

Hello Lekoma.

Stella Natura is great,as you say it uses different constellation boundaries based on indications given by Elizabeth Vreede, Rudolf Steiner,the Ancients,Maria Thuns research and observing the animal forms depicted by the fixed stars that make up the zodiac constellations.Its recommended to use it alongside the Astro Calender for a broader perspective on things.

Despite this where the actual boundaries of the constellations begin and end is an ongoing debate,hence the emphasis toward planting toward the middle of the constellation rather than at the boundaries.

Unfortunately,a southern hemisphere version is not available but those with a basic understanding of astronomy can adapt it,and also the planetary positions in the signs and aspects are the same regardless of ones hemisphere abode,of course one must do a time conversion to ones local time.

Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 10:59am

Another area of confusion comes into play when,from our vantage point on earth,we look out into the night sky and observe the actual 'Zodiac' constellations as those 'rotate'(more so the rotation of the earth),around the 'ecliptic'(The plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. The ecliptic plane is used as the primary reference plane when describing the position of bodies in the solar system.

Most objects in the solar system orbit in roughly this plane and in the same direction around the Sun as the Earth. There are exceptions such as many comets and a few minor planets which have high inclinations. Some comets even have retrograde orbits (e.g. Halley's comet) and orbit in the opposite direction to the planets.)

We will see that the constellations are of a different size,and not all occupying neat 30 degree segments of the sky,the boundaries of each of the twelve zodiac constellations being defined by the ancients and astronomers,using certain fixed stars as boundaries.Despite this the 'Sidereal' zodiac used in moon planting uses 30 degree divisions each of the 12 zodiac signs,as this has been found to work in practical terms.

Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 10:28am

Moon planting is based on what is known as the 'Sidereal Zodiac',which is more relevant to the plant kingdom,this relationship was first indicated by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900's and has been shown to be true by extensive practical research in the field during the past 50 years.To understand the difference between the two Zodiacs,the 'Tropical'(used in western astrology for horoscope(birth chart),interpretation and the 'Sidereal' Zodiac see the article under 'Research',Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs in the following link.


Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 8:37am

Sorry,heres that link I mentioned below


Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 8:34am

Hey Jolita,I think you'll find that trying to grow tomatoes indoors may not bear much fruit,unless you are using some type of special indoor growing lights.Basically tomato plants need plenty of light and heat,they wont even do well outdoors out of direct sunlight so indoors is a pretty tough call.They will grow but the growth will be spindly and elongated as they search for the light and you wont get much flower or fruit set,just rank stalk and a few leaves.

Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 8:20am

Hi folks.I've been a bit caught up lately,so have'nt had a chance to post on here yet.

For now these links may help to clarify some aspects of gardening in harmony with solar,lunar & planetary rhythms,and the astrological basis of it that Lekoma is referring to.




If you are interested in experimenting with Moon Planting,I would recommended you obtain a Biodynamic Planting Calendar. 
ASTROCALENDARS - compiled and published by Brian Keats for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres are now available online, by post, or through Anthroposophical Society bookshops, and some Biodynamic groups.Also,in regards to bio dynamics  BIODYNAMIC GROWING GUIDE,by the same author,a six page A4 format, with three moving wheels.

Comment by mickster on March 27, 2012 at 12:09pm

Just checked online and my Strawberries are not GMO.

That was just by chance. I would have ripped them all out.

Thanks for the info cause I don't take kindly to GE food.


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