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Lunar calendar: gardening after the moon
Lunar calendar: gardening after the moon
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Gardening according to the lunar calendar is believed in the power of the moon and its influence on plant growth. Even if the success is not scientifically proven, some gardeners swear by this method. We explain how it works here.

For many, gardening naturally also means observing the rhythm of the moon.

There is no doubt that the moon influences life on earth in many different ways. With its tremendous attraction, for example, it moves the sea. At low tide, the moon pulls the water masses into the open sea and at high tide to the coasts.

In addition, the surface of the earth rises and falls in rhythm with the waxing and waning moon; Tree trunks are measurably thinner and thicker. But insects also need the moonlight as a navigation aid, and many animals use the moon as a timepiece. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the moon will have an influence on the plants.

Those who garden after the moon can consult ancient traditions and experiences from a time when people were much more directly dependent on the cycles of nature. Careful observation of nature and its signs was therefore vital.

The different phases of the moon in the lunar calendar

When gardening for the moon, one assumes that not only large amounts of water are influenced by the moon, but also small ones, such as plant juices. The oldest and simplest rain is: "What grows down, sow in the waning moon, what grows up, sow in the waxing moon."

The position of the moon in the sky plays an important role. The moon is not always at the same height - sometimes it is higher, sometimes lower on the horizon. The lowest point is in the Sagittarius constellation. From there it rises to the turning point in the constellation Gemini and then descends again to the constellation Sagittarius. This cycle is called the sidereal lunar cycle and should not be confused with the moon phase. It lasts a total of 27.3 days.

Increasing Moon

As the moon rises, the sickle gradually becomes fuller, the moon moves away from the sun on its orbit around the earth. At this time one also speaks of exhaling the earth.

In relation to the plants, it is assumed that the plant sap is attracted to the moon and flows into the upper parts of the plant. Above-ground growth is now receiving momentum and it is the best time to work on crops that are bearing fruit. Leaf, fruit and flowering plants can be sown, planted or transplanted. You should only harvest if the fruit is also consumed immediately. The propagation of cuttings and the refinement of plants also fall into this phase. If you want to achieve a dense green carpet, you should sow again with the rising moon.

Full moon

When the moon is full, the sun and moon take the center of the earth. It is the alternation of increase and decrease, two impulses that are in balance. The power of the moon has peaked. Trees may not be cut now, the "injury" could harm them. However, it is beneficial to fertilize, since the plants can absorb the nutrients particularly well. And according to the lunar calendar, the healing power of herbs is said to be greatest when they are collected under a full moon.


A special fascination for the full moon has existed since time immemorial.

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Waning moon

The time of the waning moon is also called the inhalation of the earth. The moonlight becomes less and less, the forces of the plants withdraw into the earth, and underground growth is promoted in this phase. Now is a good time to harvest, store or conserve. In addition, the hedge cut should now be made because the juices are in the root area of ​​the plants. Furthermore, weeds and vermin can be controlled particularly successfully during this time.

new moon

At new moon the moon stands between earth and sun and does not reflect light. During this time, strength must be gathered for a fresh start. Only work that supports the regeneration of plants makes sense: This is how sick or pest-infected plants can be treated.

The constellations in the lunar calendar

During the 27.3 days it takes the moon to circle the earth, it also approaches the twelve signs of the zodiac. Three of these signs are combined into a so-called trine and associated with one of the four primal elements (earth, water, air and fire). Moon gardeners assign certain plants to these four elements. The pioneer of the lunar gardener, the anthroposophist Maria Thun, found in her experiments that she carried out for more than 50 years that the position of the moon in the individual constellations in particular affects plant growth. The best times for sowing, care or harvest are when the moon wanders through one of the zodiac signs to which the plant is assigned.

Leafy plants

Salad, spinach, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, white and red cabbage, leeks, chard, fennel and chicory are assigned to the element of water and thus to the zodiacal signs of cancer, scorpion and fish. If the moon is in one of these watermarks during sowing, planting and care, it promotes the health, taste and growth of the leafy plants in particular.


Leafy plants are assigned to the zodiacal signs of cancer, scorpio and fish.

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Root plants

Carrots, celery, beetroot, radishes, radishes, potatoes and garlic belong to the earth element. Her zodiac signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. The size, durability and taste of all roots are promoted.

Fruit plants

Beans, peas, peppers, cucumber, zucchini, pumpkin, corn, strawberries and cereals belong to the element of fire. Their signs of the zodiac are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The warming element fire supports fruit and seed formation. What is now planted is rich in ingredients and tastes particularly good.


Fruit plants such as peppers belong to the zodiac signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

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Flowering plants

Perennials, onion flowers, summer flowers, petals and the roses are at home in the air element. Her zodiac signs are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. If flowers are planted and cared for during this time, the moon ensures that the flowers are abundant.

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