Planting by the SignsThis month’s column begins with some General tips regarding what we can be doing as early planting begins. The March Overview follows those tips.



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, March 2-16, and the signs are going out of the body beyond anything that functions.

      This month we have a lot of “change days” that perfectly fit that formula: the best ones are March 7-16, Sagittarius-Pisces/thighs-feet. Neighbors, if you have changes to make like those listed above or others, then it doesn’t get any better than this: 10 perfect days up from seven last month.

      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules, most of March 17-March 30.  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 of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

      >If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase (March 2-16) so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

      >Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

      >Spring begins at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

March Overview

Here’s information for March 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.

      For those of you anxious to get started, it’s almost time to be putting out those early veggies that enjoy cool air and soil temperatures. Follow my Facebook page devoted entirely to planting by the signs, it’s or just search “Planting by the Signs” and it will be right there. On the page I give information about what to plant when.

The moon

       March is like January with full moons on the first and last days. This is a pattern – two full moons in the same month - that only occurs every 18 years or so, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, and it gives rise to the saying, “Once in a blue moon.”

      Because of the two full moons in January and March, there was no full moon in February!

      March begins with the light moon in force until the full moon appears later in the day at 7:51 p.m., ruling until the new moon at 9:12 a.m. on March 17. By the time the moon moves to the light phase, Daylight Savings Time will be in force, having begun on March 11.

      The new moon, or waxing moon, rules the second half of the month until the full moon returns at 8:37 a.m. March 31.

      When the full, or dark, moon is ruling - March 2-16 – plant only those veggies that produce below then ground. Then for most of March 17 through March 30, above-ground producers.

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.

      March, like February, begins with the flowering signs in force, so that’s where we will start. And, as the fall of the signs would have it, the month ends with flowering signs, too.

     Flowering days: Virgo (the bowels), rules March 1-2, 28-29, and Libra (the reins) is up March 3-4, 30-31. There are eight flowering days in March!

     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), March 5-6, dark moon; Pisces (the feet), rules March 15-16, dark moon; Taurus (the neck) rules March 19-21, light moon; and Cancer (the breast) March 24-25, light moon. There are nine days this month ruled by the most fertile signs: Scorpio, Pisces Taurus and Cancer – and in that order, too!

      So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Sagittarius (the thighs), March 7-9; Capricorn (the knees), March 10-11; and Aquarius (the legs), March 12-14. There are eight days in March ruled by the so-so signs.

     And all eight 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 all about that above.

     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), March 17-18; and Leo (the heart) March 26-27. There are four killing days this month.    

     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules March 22-23. Both days find the light moon in force, which makes them perfect for planting some beans if you’re, as they say, “of a mind” and your ground is ready.

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