Gardening by the Light of the Moon
Bernice MacDonald's scarecrow looked more like a snowcrow in her garden in Antigonish last Sunday. My how things have changed in less than a week...
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 11:21AM ADT
Last Updated Friday, April 28, 2017 11:56AM ADT
I’ve been flipping through gardening magazines all winter, waiting for this weekend to arrive. We are heading into the final weekend of April and I say… it’s time to get digging. Now some of you might say it’s a bit early and it is for certain things, but it’s never too soon to get out and prepare the beds and do some planning.
Grandma was always wary of frost until about mid-May! (she lived inland so she was probably wise to do so). She always waited until the long weekend in May before putting everything out. I’ve heard from some people who don’t plant directly in the garden until after the 1st full moon in June. This year, that’s June 9th.
But what about the hard facts? There are none. I can give you the “average” last frost dates, but every now and again, we get a late frost, so…maybe Grandma was on to something.
Having said that, here are those average last frost dates:
Halifax: May 6th
Kentville May 16th
Shelburne May 16th
Sydney: May 24th
Saint John: May 18th
Bathurst: May 19th
Fredericton May 20th
Grand Falls May 24th
Moncton May 24th
Edmundston May 28th
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Summerside May 9th
Charlottetown May 17th
Tignish May 23rd
Let’s get back to the moon for a moment. Grandma believed that gardening by the Moon was a great way to help plan above and below ground crops. Here's how it works:
Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
This weekend, the moon is waxing; it was new on the 26th.
Now, armed with all of this information and lore, get out there and play in the dirt!