Gardening: “It’s cheaper than therapy and I get tomatoes.”

Welcome to Ostara season!

Before we begin, please take note of the sidebar where you can find informational links regarding COVID-19. We gathered links to the World Health Organization’s daily briefs, the CDC’s state-by-state map of US cases updated daily at 4:00pm CST, the CDC’s mental health tips for coping with this situation, the CDC’s list of every US state and territories’ Health Department phone numbers, and the CDC’s directions on how to protect yourself.

Know your news limit! Some people need a slow trickle of information to avoid feeling overwhelmed, while other people need a steady flow so they don’t imagine that conditions are worse than they really are. Listen to your heart and act accordingly.


World events have conspired to give us all additional at-home-time this spring. What are we going to do with it? How much Netflix can we really watch? What else can we do with our time?

We can use that time to grow a garden.

Seed stores are gearing up for their annual sales and they have beautiful catalogs to look through. My personal favorite seed supplier is Baker Creek Seeds.

As it turns out, I am not the only person who loves them. They are experiencing a high volume of business right now and closed to restock until Monday, March 23rd. If you want to grow a garden this year, check them out at https://www.rareseeds.com/.

To help your garden grow, we put together this astrological planting calendar with information from Farmers’ Almanac and Astro-Seek.

As the moon transits through each of the signs its magnetic pull changes the soil conditions ever so slightly. The observational analysis of generations has produced the following plan for us to use when we garden by the moon.

In addition to the moon’s pull on water and soil, each sign is associated with an element; fire, earth, air, or water. Each element is useful for specific garden tasks. When we marry the knowledge of moon influence with each signs’ element we get a little to-do list. Here, that to-do list has been tailored to garden tasks.

March

21st – 22nd (Pisces)
Good days for planting cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops.

23rd – 25th (Aries)
Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.

26th – 27th (Taurus starts at 8:30am CST)
Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.

28th – 30th (Gemini)
Seeds planted now tend to rot in the ground.

31st (Cancer starts at 6:44am CST)
Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. One of the best planting days for above ground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits. 1st
Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other above-ground crops on this most fruitful day.

April

2nd – 3rd (Leo)
Dig out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.

4th-5th (Virgo)
Plan what to do next. Clean tools, organize the garden.

6th – 7th (Libra starts at 4:17pm CST)
A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. The sixth is perfect for planting corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other above-ground crops. The seventh is a favorable day for planting root crops.

8th – 10th (Scorpio until 3:30pm on the 10th)
Start seedbeds and transplant seedlings. These are good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops and leafy vegetables.

11th – 12th (Saggitarius)
Do not plant nor sow on these barren days.

13th – 14th (Capricorn)
Good days to plant beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, and other root crops.

15th – 16th (Aquarius)
Excellent time to kill weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests.


We will provide more moon-gardening recommendations in mid-April. However, as you might have guessed, the sun plays a pretty important role in garden timing too.

If you are freezing under a foot of snow or sweating under blistering sunshine, be aware these planting days are accurate by moon sign, but your garden is also dependant on your last freeze and frost dates. The following NOAA map can help you determine your last freeze date. Don’t plant anything outside until after that date, no matter how tempting! You can, however, start seeds indoors up to two months before your last freeze date. It takes time for seeds to germinate, sprout and grow hardy enough to move outdoors.

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Link to source: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/file/day-last-spring-freeze-mapjpg

Sometime before mid-April we will write a post about hardening off your seedlings. It’s all part of the planting process and not too difficult. I’m sure you witches can handle it.

Until next time, stay healthy and stay safe!

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