HerbDoc has some interesting thoughts on spring planting:
Farmers and gardeners have been tuned into the phases of the moon for centuries. Controlling pests, fertilization, harvesting, irrigation, planting and even animal breeding were often dictated by the moon phases, sometimes in conjunction with astrological signs.
For gardeners, the important rule is to plant above ground vegetables such as lettuce and other leafy plants “by the light of the moon.” This is the period after the New Moon when the light gradually increases to the Full Moon. Crops that produce below the ground such as onions and potatoes are planted “by the dark of the moon”, that is the period after the Full Moon when the light decreases. It is said that by following these practices, crops will grow larger and more quickly with bigger yields. On the other hand, if one does the opposite, negative results will occur.
My grandmother always followed three “moon” rules:
1) Plant seeds within 2 days (48 hours) before a full moon;
2) Plant potatoes only by the dark of the moon; and
3) Never plant anything on the day of a Full Moon, a New Moon, or
in the last quarter (to the New Moon).
My grandmother’s gardens were always amazing, producing huge amounts of vegetables for “putting by” and gorgeous annuals and perennials. Not one to question her wisdom, I follow her lead, but not always with such spectacular results. (I attribute that to not having the three dozen or so chickens which provided composted manure for her gardens on a yearly basis).
To find specific dates for planting and other gardening chores in 2010, log onto www.farmersalmanac.com for a free guide.