This month’s column begins with some general tips regarding what we can be doing now before planting begins. The February Overview follows those tips

February tips

     >Sowing seed: In my opinion, one shared by many others, the best time to sow grass seed is when the dark moon rules in February. Ideally, it would be best to get a soil text if possible but there may not be enough time. The dark moon rules through Feb. 14 and the most fertile days are Feb. 5-7.

>Making changes: We have seven perfect days this month for making changes. These days find the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions. The days are Feb. 8-14. You can review the sequence above if you are interested.

>Ember Days: February has three Ember Days – the usual number when Ember Days occur. They are Feb. 21, 23 and 24. Absolutely no planting should occur on these days.

>Pruning fruit trees: February has traditionally been considered the best time to prune fruit trees while they are dormant, which means no leaves and no sap flowing. The Farmers’ Almanac suggests pruning when the moon is in the dark phase and specifically on these days, Feb. 5-7 (Scorpio/secrets) and 10-12 (Capricorn/knees). Don’t prune when the killing signs are in force on Feb. 18-19, 26-28.

      >Plow your garden: February is a great month for getting your garden plot plowed. The ground has time to freeze and thaw and come planting season it’s all crumbly and ready to plant.

      >Planting peas: A good friend of mine who was an outstanding gardener, firmly believed in was getting peas in the ground before George Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22. If you’re into planting peas and have the space, give it a try.

      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules Feb. 16-28. The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase, so they don’t sink.

February Overview

Here’s information for February about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

       General Tips for dark- and light-moon activities are above and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in, preferably when fertile signs are in force.

The moon

       February began with the moon in the dark phase until 4:05 p.m. Feb. 15 when the new moon appears and thus ends with the light moon in force.

      There is no full moon during February this year, a phenomenon that only occurs once every 18 years, the month bookended by January and March, which have two full moons each! I wrote about that last week.

      Dark moon days this month are through all of Feb. 14 with the light moon ruling Feb. 16 until the new moon at 7:51 p.m. March 1.

The signs

     Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with any planting, in a greenhouse or indoors or other activities.

      February began with the flowering signs in force, so that’s where we will start.

        Flowering days: Virgo (the bowels), ruled Feb. 1-2 and Libra (the reins) is up Feb. 3-4.

        Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month and the phase of the moon which is in force.

          Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 5-7, dark moon; Pisces (the feet), rules Feb. 15-17, light moon after 4:05 p.m. Feb. 15; Taurus (the neck) rules Feb. 20-21, light moon; and Cancer (the breast) Feb. 24-25, light phase. There are 10 days this month ruled by the most fertile signs: Scorpio, Pisces Taurus and Cancer.

      So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 8-9; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 10-12; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 13-14. There are seven days in February ruled by the so-so signs.

     And all seven days find the dark moon in force, making them perfect for making changes with the signs moving out of the body beyond anything that functions and the moon in the dark phase. You read more about that below.

     Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows, plowing your plot — anything but planting.

      Aries (the head), Feb. 18-19; and Leo (the heart) Feb. 26-28. There are five killing days this month.

     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Feb. 22-23. Both days find the light moon in force, which makes them perfect for planting your very early crop of peas.