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do you consider garlic and onions 'roots' for moon planting?

 
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seems to me like we are going for the stem rather than the roots as such, but i have seen them listed among the roots in some biodynamic lists, while others say you should experiment and decide for yourself. just wondering if anyone else has already experimented and would like to share their results?
 
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I'm guessing it depends. Most alliums I would put as root, but walking oion I would consider fruit, and the onions that you eat the top part off might be considered leaf. Just a guess.
 
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I follow the same thought process that Shawn is talking about.

If I am planting for a bulb I will plant during a waning moon. If I am planting for green tops I plant in a waxing moon.
 
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On an interesting note, my green onions sprouted on thier own, on concrete no less, this waxing moon.
 
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I am a biodynamic farmer on a medium size commercial organic farm. We use the biodynamic planting calendar for seeding crops in the greenhouse and on transplant days. However we use it with a degree of practicality. Obviously as a commercial farmer we have specific target planting dates we try to follow.


***The rule of thumb that we follow on our farm is that we can seed anything on a ROOT day, because we want to encourage all our plants to have excellent roots. However we try to avoid FRUIT days with LEAF/STEM plantings, vice versa. Example, we would not seed a lettuce planting on a FRUIT or FLOWER day, because we do not want to encourage blotting. Root days can be your most versatile planting day.
 
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Thanks Jennifer I was wondering about that.
 
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