Subject: Gardening by the Moon
Here are a few rules I use for gardening by the moon. When I stir myself to actually do it, that is.
Perrenials, trees, shrubs and anything where you want good root development should be planted in the last two weeks of the moon phase, when it is waning.
A good Saturn aspect is excellent for stability and sturdy growth.
Annuals, transplanting and seeding should be done in the waxing phase of the moon, the first two weeks.
Nothing should be done under the full moon. Nothing should be planted with the sun in Leo. (although I've found a few exceptions to both rules)
Anything that grows ABOVE the ground primarily (beans, peas, etc.) should get planted in a waxing phase.
Anything that grows BELOW the ground primarily (potatoes, turnips, onions etc.) should be planted in the waning phase.
If you want hot peppers, use a rising Aries moon. If you want mild sweet peppers, use Taurus. Be careful with onions. If you like a hot onion, go for a fire sign, but if you like the vandalia type sweeter one, use earth or water moons.
Anything being grown for seed should get started under Scorpio. Vines and juicy things should get water moons--Cancer or Pisces. Pisces shortens the vines, but if you want a longer creeping vine (say over a trellis) use Cancer.
For weeding use air moons. The best weeding is done under Leo or Aquarius--they don't come back. Never weed under Taurus or Scorpio. The weeds get stubborn and persist.
Plant flowers under Taurus and Libra. Roses do best under Taurus for scent but Libra is also favored by a lot of people.
If you like multiple blossoms use Pisces.
Air signs rule things that grow high off the ground--apples and cherries etc.
Fire signs rule berries that grow low on bushes like blueberries and elderberries and the type of sericulture for desert plants.
Earth signs rule things that grow on the ground or touching it--like strawberries or tomatoes.
And water signs rule things low to the ground or that need lots of moisture--raspberries. Hay would be another.
Use earth or water moons for melons or anything you want juicy.
Certain flowers have special rulerships--marigolds come under the sun and do very well when planted during a leo moon and are also excellent for keeping bugs away.
The Indians used to plant things in threes--a corn stalk, a pumpkin vine and squash. That's when you use Pisces, which rules threes.
If you plan companion planting, use Gemini for twos, or Virgo. Virgo is great for organic planting and grains of all kinds.
Night flowering plans are for Cancer. So are most white flowers like lillies of the valley or gardenias etc.
All the earth and water moons are good for food. All the air and fire moons are good for weeding.
There are a ton more things you can use of course, but this is a start.