Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:00
Thank you so much for your support, it actually gives me confidence to continue too. So glad to bounce ideas off other people on the Forum, especially when some methods do require second opinions. 2 heads are better than 1 and all that and a problem shared is a problem halved! Anyway before I start on this potted description of Biodynamics and lunar gardening, may I just answer one persistent question - The fact that I live in France and you are in UK does not change the Luner Calender as it is on Greenwich Meantime and Europe is in the Northern Hemisphere so it does apply to you as much as I. I have put the hours for gardening in UK time as you are an hour behind us, but that is for your convenience only. Just to recap of the Moon element of this thread:-
The lunar month is 27days 7hrs and 44secs and in the exact image of the sun it passes in front of the constellations of the Zodiac exercising a great influence on the Earth - This can be easily recognised by high tide (when the moon is at its highest point in the sky) and low tide when the moon is at the lowest point (either horizon east or west.) To decide if the moon is ascending or descending in the sky take a tree/building in your garden and look at the moon - 2 hours later look again, it will be higher or lower in the sky and this gives you the visual info backed up by the Calender. For 13and a Half days the moon is rising from the constellation of Sagittarius to Gemini, it follows this track from 21st dec-21st june, during this time sap rises and this is the time to sow/graft, harvest leaf vegetables, the best fruit and to cut flowers for bouquets.For 13 and a Half days the moon is descending from the constellation of Gemini to Sagittarius and following the route of the Sun between 21st June - 21st Dec the sap returns to roots and now is the time to transplant/thin seedlings, spread compost and prune. The ground absorbs nutrients well, and hedges and trees are able to recover readily from pruning. It is this movement of ascending and descending that is of most interest to us gardeners.
When the Moon is at its highest point in the sky it is at its weakest in relation to gardening, when it is at its lowest it is also weak, so of no value to the gardener, this is why the Calender says no gardening before or after certain hours. Sowings may be unsuccessful/transplanting may weaken plants (albeit temporarily) The idea is to sow and plant at the best times working in co-ordination and with the rythmn of the stars.
The other cycle of importance is the synodique cycle where the moon changes from New Moon to Full Moon this takes 29days 12hrs 44mins & 2secs (In the 3rd century BC the Babylonians made this calculation and modern day scientists have found that they were only 0.000053secs out!) This is where we talk about the moon crossing (croissante) and it is at this time that the sun casts a shadow on the moon entirely and it appears to disappear from the sky (That's when on a clear night we say 'I can't see the moon') The Moon is Uncrossing (decroissante) from the Full Moon to the New Moon. At the Full Moon it is entirely lit up by the Sun and appears round.
If the New Moon is at 'noeud' or at a 'node' this means there is a solar eclipse as the Moon is directly in front of the Sun and at a Full Moon it is a lunar eclipse where the Earth's shadow falls on the Moon. At these times gardening is not recommended according to the Calender for 5hrs before or after an eclipse. Plants do not take well during these periods, so leave them alone - weed or mend fences or tidy paths, clean tools etc. Catch up on those jobs.
Going to have a coffee! Will come back to this a bit later. - Any questions so far?