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Jonathan Cainer's Astro News
Friday April 4th 2003 - edited by Bernard Fitzwalter

This week in Astro News:
~ Gardening by Moon phases ~
~ AstroDiary ~

Best time for lunar gardening is moonrise or moonset.
This does not necessarily mean gardening at night!

Reader Matthew Fletcher asked about planting and gardening by the phases of the moon.

The idea is very simple. You plant when the moon is waxing, and harvest when it is waning. It seems to work, and most authorities agree that plants grow better when the moon is waxing.

Astrological gardeners take it further. Here, the theory is that the sign the moon is in will influence the growth of the plant, and that if you match your plant to the right sign you will get better results. Signs are divided into elements: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are Fire signs; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn – Earth; Gemini, Libra and Aquarius – Air; Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – Water.

Thus, days when the moon is in an Earth sign are best for root crops like potatoes and carrots. Water signs are best for leaf crops such as cabbages and lettuces. Air signs are for flowers of all sorts, plus vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Fire signs are for all fruits, and vegetables which produce edible seeds, such as peas and beans.

To save you the chore of working it all out, astrologer and scientist Nick Kollerstrom’s Gardening & Planting By The Moon 2003 (updated annually, Foulsham Books) has all the right dates, with root and flower symbols on the page to make it easy, and planting notes as well.

ASTRODIARY with Adam Smith

Sunday (April 6): Spring Seminar, Mike Edwards, Steve Judd & Christeen Skinner.
10am - 5pm. London Volunteer Resource Centre, N7.

Please double-check with the organisation before attending any events listed here - we cannot accept any responsibility for events changed/cancelled.

Are you holding an astrological event - especially one outside London!! - that you would like others to know about?
Send your diary events to Adam at with subject heading: Astro Events with website links.
Please note - we cannot promise to include ALL submissions but will do our best.

Researcher Seeking Assistance

Graham Douglas is carrying out research into possible astrological relationships between the births of siblings in the same family. He is looking for sets of birth data for complete sets of brothers and sisters
of any age. If you are able to help please include date, time and place of birth, gender of the child,
and (if known) whether or not the birth was natural or induced in any way.
A report of the findings will be sent to anyone who requests it, when the investigation is completed.
The email address to contact is Many Thanks for your help.

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