In “Best Planting Dates for Seeds- Part 1”, we discussed, the methodology of devising a seed plantation calendar for your own home garden step by step (in case you missed the previous article, you can always go back and check it out). We established that a gardening calendar was a gardener’s most honest friend. Moreover, we discussed the moon calendar for best plantation dates for June, July and August 2015. In this article, we will take a step further and see the importance of knowing the best planting dates for seeds in your zone. Keeping in mind that the calendar for best planting dates for seeds was based on the moon calendar, we will also be discussing the benefits of finding out best planting dates for seeds according to the phases of the moon.
The Importance of Frost Dates
Perhaps the two most important dates in a gardener’s year are the “last frost date” in the spring, and the “first frost date” in the fall. The knowledge of these frost dates is important as they allow the gardener to determine the ideal time for planting their fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Even if a gardener does not follow a seed plantation calendar, he will still look out for the dates mentioned above and keep an account of these as these are critical in planting a garden. Therefore, more and more gardeners after a spending some time calculating all those best planting dates for seeds on their fingers, find it relatively easy to make a calendar at once. More on how to make a calendar using the last frost date in Best Planting Dates for Seeds Part 1.
Is Gardening Calendar as per the frost dates helpful?
The calendar based on the last frost date is certainly very helpful as it not only helps determine the best planting dates for seeds but also aids a gardener in organizing his seed collection as per the suitable planting time frame. It lets the gardener know when would be the best time to start the seeds indoor and when will they be ready to move out to the garden. It also automatically refrains a farmer from making errors like planting cold-loving plants in the backyard late or planting heat-loving plants earlier. All these practices ensure that the plant seeds are sown at the best possible plantation dates so that they germinate healthily and develop into strong plants.
Moon Gardening a Myth or a Reality?
Moon gardening is a gardening concept that accepts the phases of the moons and their changes as the basis for finding out the best plantation dates. As opposed to the frost calendar, the moon calendar is not region-specific and can be used with some care and concern with regards to the local climatic conditions of an area. Moon Gardening may not be as popular, but it is not a myth. Many professional gardeners have adopted moon gardening and found it to be beneficial for their garden. Those who have been practicing moon gardening for some time now claim that it leads to better seed germination as it fastens the germination process while ensuring that the germinated plant is healthy.
Benefits of Moon Gardening?
Like frost calendar, the moon calendar lets a farmer know the best dates for planting seeds. What is more amazing is the calendars ability to predict the types of plants to grow in a particular period or on certain days. Moreover, it also predicts the days that are not suitable for gardening anything or those that are suitable for gardening only flowers or a particular type of vegetable. Additionally, the calendar predicts the ideal days for grafting, transplanting or harvesting the plants as well along with predicating the ideal times for preparing flower beds.
Seeing all these benefits, the moon calendar does seem like a better fit than the frost calendar but it is advised that the frost calendar be considered as well before deciding the best dates for planting seeds. And if that was not enough, the moon calendar has the ability to predict the best times for planting seeds for plants that grow underground (root plants), plants that grow on the ground as well as green leafy plants and vegetables.
Is it always logical to follow the Moon Calendar?
Like any system, the moon calendar does have its flaws. For instance, the best harvesting date of an individual plant may not be for three more days but from the analysis you can tell that the plant is ready to be harvested. Following the moon calendar now would mean letting the plant’s produce go to waste for good three days. Therefore, while following the moon calendar is beneficial to a gardener, taking into account the logical gardening practices is also necessary at all times. Some people also to the moon calendar take aid from a zodiac calendar as well but in all honesty, that does seem a bit fanatic. For now, we would like you to practice your gardening skills in your garden as prescribed by the frost or the moon calendar; whichever matches your taste more.
In this two-part series of Best Dates for Planting Seeds, we provided you with a complete account of each and every aspect of gardening according to a calendar. We helped you learn develop your gardening calendar using the knowledge of last frost date in your area and gave you the best plantation dates for the near future. Moreover, we introduced you to the concept of moon gardening and how the moon calendar can be useful for a gardener. Lastly, we discussed the benefits of both the frost calendar and the moon calendar so that you may be able to decide the most suitable out of the two as per your requirements. This series of articles was written as a general account of all kinds of plants seeds, but there will be more information coming your way specifically related to different types of plants seeds soon. Till then, stay tuned!