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

       General Tips for dark- and light-moon activities are below, and for veggies when it comes to planting, it’s above-ground producers in the light phase and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in, preferably when fertile signs are in force and not when killing sigs rule. And never plant when the ground is wet!

The moon

      July begins with the dark moon in force and rules until the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky – arrives at 10:48 p.m. July 12. The light moon is then in force until the full moon returns at 4:20 p.m. on July 27.  

      When the full - or dark - moon is ruling, plant only those veggies that produce below the ground. When the light moon is in force, plant those that produce above the ground.

      Ideally, check the signs and plant when one of the fertile signs rules. Don’t plant when the killing signs Aries or Leo are in force, no matter the moon’s phase!

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 as well as in the garden - or other activities.

      If you can only utilize one aspect of this system – moon’s phases or zodiac signs – I would suggest following the phases. July begins with a so-so sign in force. So that’s where we will begin, too.

     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Aquarius (the legs), July 1, 27-28; Sagittarius (the thighs), July 22-23; and Capricorn (the knees), July 24-26. There are eight days in July ruled by the so-so signs, down from 10 in June.

      We’ve talked extensively about how these days, when they occur in the dark phase of the moon, are ideal for making changes. Check out that information below.

        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.

      Pisces (the feet), rules July 2-4, 29-31, plenty of Pisces days this month, all with the dark moon in force; Taurus (the neck) rules July 7-8, dark moon; Cancer (the breast) July 11-12, dark moon; and Scorpio (the secrets), July 19-21, light moon.

      There are 13 days this month ruled by the most fertile signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer – and I don’t recall having seen that many fertile days in one month in a long time. Most, however, are with the dark moon in force; only the three Scorpio days are under the light moon’s influence.

     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.

      Here’s when they rule this month: Aries (the head), July 5-6; and Leo (the heart) July 13-14. Only four killing days this month, the absolute minimum.

     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules July 9-10. Both are when the dark moon is in force. I’d plant a late row of beans anyway, if you have the space and inclination.

     Flowering days: Virgo (the bowels), rules July 15-16, and Libra (the reins) is up July 17-18. There are four flowering days in July. Flowers planted when these signs are in force should bloom and do so abundantly.

General tips

     >Making changes: If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small children or animals, scheduling elective surgery – anything that requires making a change – do it when the moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body beyond anything that functions.

      There are eight days this month that perfectly fit the formula – four at the beginning of the month (July 1-4 – one Aquarius/legs and three Pisces/feet) and four at the end (July 28-31 in the same configuration - one Aquarius/legs and three Pisces/feet). Something of a unique configuration that gives you two opportunities to make changes!

      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or road on your farm, do that when the light moon rules, which is July 13 until 4:20 on July 27 when the moon moves to the dark phase.

      The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase, so they don’t sink.

      >If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light phase of the moon so the posts don’t sink.