Dear Readers,

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the moon is in Leo for the next three days. Leo is a fire sign and is an ideal time to sow fruiting vegetables and fruits such as beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes etc.

Earth zodiac signs such as Taurus and Capricorn are root days for plants like carrots, parsnips, beets.  Leaf plants such as leeks, lettuce, kale are governed by when the moon is in water signs like Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Finally, blossom plants like sprouting broccoli and globe artichoke are sown and tended to when the moon is in air signs like Libra, Gemini.

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Here are some of the “fruit” plants I will be planting.  I began sowing at around 3 pm Mountain Time.

Previously when I have gardened by the moon, the seeds have germinated faster and the plants have been stronger than those sown whenever I felt like sowing them or when the weather allowed to do so.

Today I’m going to show you how I’m sowing my seeds in accordance with the moon using recycled containers as I mentioned in an earlier post: Thrifty Tips for the Garden.

First, create some drainage holes in the containers.  Take care if using a knife.

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If using old Styrofoam egg boxes, place a hole in each well and use the lid as a tray to catch the water.

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Fill the containers with compost.

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Grab your seeds.

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Here, I’m sowing Roma tomatoes.

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Make a small hole in the compost and drop in the seed.

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Firm the compost then water.

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Don’t forget to label them so you know what you have sown and when.