Gardening with the Moon – December 2022

Garden with the moon through the lunar calendar for december 2022.

This calendar is based on the biodynamic calendar (based on the work of Maria Thun).

That’s where you’ll find my recommendations for your natural vegetable garden gardening with the moon in this month December 2022.

December 2022 lunar calendar (PDF)

WARNING: Do not garden when the ground is frozen!

Here’s your lunar calendar for December 2022 for the garden:

December 2022 Lunar Calendar – PDF

This December 2022 lunar calendar, like all calendars for the current year, will be available on the training area from the beginning of the year.

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Gardening with the moon – the basics

Gardening with the moon is in fashion…

Relying on the moon for gardening is a belief from another time for some, evidence based on concrete observations for others…

It is for everyone to do according to their beliefs and beliefs.

Biodynamic lunar and planetary calendar 2023
Lunar and planetary biodynamic calendar 2023

Certain works, particularly carried out by biodynamicists, tend to show that the moon, but more generally the stars, would have some influence on the plants.

The ancients closely followed the phases of the moon…

For biodynamicists, it is rather the lunar cycle that is important to take into account.

I have personally observed that it is better to avoid lunar nodes for sowing or planting…

It is also good to see that seeds sown a few days before the full moon (so in the waxing phase of the moon) will germinate much faster than seeds sown in the waning phase…

For the rest, I think these terms are just indications intended to get the most out of your vegetable garden. It’s up to you to do according to your observations and beliefs…

But don’t forget that common sense should prevail on the moon… For example, if it starts to rain heavily the next day when sowing has taken place, it may be better to sow the same day.

Moon phases (about 29 1/2 days)

The ancients took the phases of the moon into account when sowing or planting.

moon phases - gardening with the moon december 2022

  • The moon is growing from new moon to full moon. This period is conducive to working the land, treatments (herbs of course!), transplanting, planting and sowing fruit vegetables. Vegetables harvested at the crescent moon keep better.
  • She is decreasing from full moon to new moon. This period is conducive to sowing what should not be sown (salads, spinach, onions). It is also the ideal time to work the land, harvest (more flavor) or even prune the trees and shrubs whose growth you want to limit.

Moon cycle (about 26 days)

The work of biodynamicists shows a priori a greater influence of lunar cycles on plants.

The lunar cycle describes the moon’s path across the sky:

  • She is said Ascending* (or increasing) when the trajectory is higher from day to day. The juice then rises in the plant. This period is conducive to sowing, planting bulbs, grafting or harvesting fruits and vegetables for fresh consumption.
  • The reverse is said descending* when the trajectory is lower from day to day. The sap descends to the roots. It is then time to plant, transplant, take cuttings, layer, prune, work the land and add organic matter.

* To determine whether the moon is rising or setting, observe its position in the sky relative to a fixed point (the top of a tree, a hill, etc.) at any given time. Observe its position the next day, but 2 hours later: if the moon is higher, it will rise; if it is lower, it drops.

Special days

new moon, a certain phase for gardening with the moon
The new moon should be avoided for sowing.
  • Avoid sowing on days of new moons.
  • When the moon is in Highlightavoid sowing.
  • When the moon is in perigee (especially after a full moon) this is a risky situation for plants susceptible to cryptogamous diseases. This increased lunar activity can develop such diseases. It is therefore advisable to spray preventively based on plants. It is also a good day for sowing, except for plants susceptible to cryptogamous diseases.
  • If there is an unfavorable day (lunar node) avoid gardening.

The moon and the signs of the zodiac

The moon revolves around the earth in 27 days, thus passing through each of the twelve constellations of the zodiac.

The different elements are thus associated with 3 zodiac signs:

  • To the constellations of the Earth (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) we associate root vegetables (garlic, beetroot, carrot, turnip, shallot, onion, radish, potato) and bulb flowers.
  • To the constellations of air (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) match flower vegetables as well as annual and perennial flowers, flowering trees and shrubs, and aromatic and medicinal plants from which the flowers are harvested.
  • To the constellations of water (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) match leafy vegetables (artichoke, celery, chicory, cabbage, watercress, spinach, lettuce, leek) and aromatic and medicinal plants from which the leaves are harvested.
  • To the constellations of fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) we associate fruit vegetable (aubergine, cucumber, pumpkin, broad bean, strawberry, raspberry, bean, melon, pepper, pea, pumpkin, tomato), cereals and fruit trees.

Personally, I mainly use the lunar calendar as a planning tool for my crops.

I try to respect planting and sowing times as much as possible, as well as days for fruits, roots, leaves or flowers… it is better to wait for it than to sow in bad conditions!) or even my availability (material but also psychologically… We are more successful in seeding if we have good energy for it) allow it.

Basically, I don’t consider this moon garden calendar an absolute rule, but rather a simple guide.

My only “prohibition” is the days of lunar or planetary nodes…

Note: the impact of the moon on crops is very relative. The first condition for good harvests is above all good cultivation practices.