Packets of flower and vegetable seeds are on display at a nearby supermarket. I long for a little piece of land to drop them in, or a sunny window to start an herb garden. Today, I simply examined all the little packets of seeds, and headed to the produce section where vine- ripened tomatoes are nearly $2 a pound.
With a full moon hanging in a cloudless sky, the time is almost right to start tomatoes and pepper plants inside. Although the Home Depot sells tall, healthy tomato plants in early May, it is best to start private garden plants from seed; one grows attached to these vegetables that are called fruits just as one would his or her own child.
In less than eight weeks, just as the moon turns to just one quarter its full size, the time will be right to plant the seedlings outdoors.
Why must one plant when the moon is at a quarter its size?
According to my grandmother, the gravitational pull of a full moon will uproot a little plant. She once planted potatoes under the light of a full moon, despite warnings in the farmer’s almanac that insisted the time was not right for planting potato pieces, but the bright light of the moon and the warm, spring air at night made the task of planting like a game. She awoke the next morning and all the potato pieces were laying atop the freshly tilled soil— “Never plant under a full moon,” was what she always said.
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