Updated for alignment with the 2013 lunar cycles and with new illustrations and information, this detailed guide includes information on the waxing and waning moon, the constellations and zodiac signs, the Chinese zodiac and a wealth of information for growers. The effects of the moon on plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables are explained clearly and concisely and recommendations for the ideal times to sow, transplant and harvest crops are provided, with a clear full colour calendar for each month. This guide explains how animal husbandry, beekeeping, even beer brewing and wine making yield better results when done in concert with the lunar cycle. In addition to gardening and farming advice, suggestions for living life in tune with the moon are offered, such as the optimum time for a haircut or even when to start a detox. An extensive colour-coded daily diary section makes it easy to record reminders and daily gardening tasks. This biodynamic approach to gardening in harmony with the moon is a simple and green way to boost garden yields and live a better life.
Michel Gros grew up on a farm and was an organic market gardener for many years. He currently devotes his energy to the lunar calendar project.
PRACTICALITIES Understanding the calendar Calculating world times How to use the calendar UNDERSTANDING THE MOON The waxing and waning Moon The ascending and descending Moon The distance from the Earth to the Moon Lunar nodes/Planetary nodes/Eclipses Zodiac signs and constellations The Moon in the zodiac signs The Moon in the constellations When signs and constellations are aligned Planetary aspects The Red Moon/Blackthorn Winter/Indian Summer Tides Chinese seasons Biodynamics WORKING WITH THE MOON Gardening Daily rhythms Horticulture Cultivating trees and shrubs Harvesting Plant-based decoctions Fungicides and insecticides Compost Crop rotation Agriculture Hay Cereal crops Animal husbandry Beekeeping Winegrowing Cider making/Beer making/Forestry Miscellaneous Plan of your garden Companion planting LIVING WITH THE MOON Influence of the phases Harvesting plants/For making infusions/ Medicinal plants Hairdressing Depilation Skincare/Warts Nails/Corns and callouses Fasting/Detoxing/Treating worms Eating Treatments for the body/Teeth Surgical procedures The body and the zodiac LUNAR CALENDAR The calendar Gardening notes