Observing the moon and its cycles is a tradition as old as man himself.
In gardening, the moon cycles are very significant. They strongly affect the flowering & fruiting of trees & plants.
The moon has a strong pull on everything liquid on the planet. Since plants also have a circulatory system (sap) they too experience ´tides´ or biorythms.
When a tree or seed is planted in the ground it adjoins to the planet's electromagnetic energy field. The individual energy field (aura) of the plant then becomes fixed in the planet's energy matrix. The moon cycle at the moment it is planted determines where the plant's life-energy will be centered.
After the new moon (waxing moon), the cycles are increasing toward full moon, pulling the energies UP. A plant planted after new moon will have its energies centered above ground, in the foliage. This is great for planting herbs, leafy vegetables, non-fruiting shade trees (ficus, for example), and ornamental palm trees.
This waxing cycle is NOT optimal for fruit trees, tubers, orhardwoods (since all tropical hardwoods produce fruits, nuts, or edible seed pods). Many species of birds, mammals, and reptiles depend on the fruiting of tropical hardwoods for their sustenance.
The best moon cycles for planting fruiting trees & plants, hardwoods, & tubers (cassava, sweet potato, radish, tikiski, chamol, & other ´groundfoods´) is the first week AFTER full moon (waning moon).
At that time the moon is cycling DOWN, back to new moon. Therefore the life-energy is centered underground, in the root system. This is vital when the plant comes to fruition. A healthy root system provides for prolific fruiting.
For the rooting of cuttings, at Rainsong we always wait till the moon is waning (after the full moon).
Also, for cutting posts for fencing that we want to sprout again as trees, eliminating the need to replace them later.
Anyone interested in learning more about biodynamic gardening in the tropics is welcome to visit Rainsong in Cabuya.
We specialize in reforestation, open-air butterfly gardens, rare & endangered hardwoods, fragrant & flowering trees, native & exotic fruit trees (all heirloom, no hybrids). Our nursery is 100% organic. No chemicals.
Tree lists & Reforestation advice: www.rainsongsanctuary.com
Cutting Lumber by Moon Phases
Cutting down trees for lumber should always be done on a waning moon, as close to the full moon as possible.
Also, there is a 2nd factor that should be observed when cutting trees for lumber. Trees should be cut at half-tide (between low & high tide).
This is due to the 6 hour delay between the ocean's tides and the plant's tides. Cutting a tree when its sap is at 'low tide' means the sap level is at ist lowest. Once milled , the tree's sap attracts invasions of wood-eating insects. Comejen (termites), abrojos, and other wood-eating insects are attracted by the presence of sap in the lumber. Observing both factors (moon & tide) protects your lumber from future problems with insects.
Happy Gardening !!! Mary at Rainsong
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No.1 CUTTING LUMBER
THANKS FOR THE INFO, I HEAR IT IS BETTER FOR THE CHAINSAW AND EASIER TO CUT & SPLIT DURING THIS TIME ASWELL.