Location: Pennines, northern England, zone 7b, avg annual rainfall 50"
posted 7 years ago
i only recently realised that the maria thun guide doesn't care whether you sow seeds on fruit/leaf/root/flower days, only that you transplant them on those days. do people here think it's good to also sow on those days, or do you think the optimal sowing day is more affected by other things?
Plants sown will tend to be more hardy than transplanted plants. That is not to say you can't get a great crop with transplanted plants but it is more work and seems to me to be best suited to plant that are weak and need a competition free environment to thrive, or if you have very few seeds to work with and want to insure production. This year for my market garden I plant to sow and transplant. The transplants will serve as a back up or to fill in holes and the extras I will try to sell.
Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA, Zone 7b, KeB Bojac Sandy Loam
posted 7 years ago
leanna jones wrote:i only recently realised that the maria thun guide doesn't care whether you sow seeds on fruit/leaf/root/flower days, only that you transplant them on those days. do people here think it's good to also sow on those days, or do you think the optimal sowing day is more affected by other things?
I believe the "Northern Transplant Time" is with the descending Moon. During this time, supposedly, the Moon is drawing forces into the Earth which stimulates root growth -- thus, why you'd want to transplant then. I believe it is the opposite for sowing. For sowing, I think you plant during the ascending Moon when forces are being drawn heavenward. See: http://www.biodynamics.in/RhyFrm.htm
Example: You might start your early Tomato seeds indoors on a Fruit day during the ascending Moon, then transplant them on another Fruit day during the next "Northern Transplant Time" which is the descending Moon.
Maria Thun thinks it is important not just to plant them on the correct "day" (Fruit/Leaf/Flower/Root) but also to TEND to the plants on their respective days. Logically, it would also be best to start seeds on their correct "day" too.
This is my first posting, although a long time reader.
My question, as a beginner, when is the proper time to start my seeds? I plan on transplanting them into my hügle bed once the nights are warm enough. I live in mid Tennessee.