The Plant Man: lunar gardening

By Steve Kawaratani

“Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance.” –Van Morrison

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Photos courtesy of Steve Kawaratani

Steve Kawaratani

As the full Winter Moon rose above hillside horizons just a week ago, it shone luminously upon our Laguna gardens and beyond. Bathed in moonlight, each leaf and flower petal were illuminated by a celestial glow.

Legend holds that planting during a full moon yields enhanced plant growth and bountiful harvests. Many gardeners and farmers have observed this tradition, believing the full moons energy would nurture their plants and crops. From the brilliant colors of bougainvillea to the delicate flavor of the perfect tomato, the moon’s benevolent presence is reputed to be beneficial for plant development.

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Bougainvillea’s brilliant hues

The gravitational pull of the moon exerts a mainly subtle, but powerful force upon our planet, as readily witnessed by ocean tides. Some gardeners espouse that the full moon’s influence increases moisture and nutrient absorption and encourages augmented plant development. While gardening practices may differ by tradition and experience, it is essential to provide favorable cultural conditions, regular watering and proper maintenance, regardless of the moon’s phase.

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Many gardeners and farmers believe the full moon’s energy nurtures their plants and crops

Anywhere the land meets the ocean, the full moon always reigns supreme for me, casting its magical spell upon all who are enchanted by its beauty. As the moon waxes and wanes, so too do our lives and our gardens, reflecting the ever-changing dance of life. See you next time.

Steve Kawaratani has been a local guy for seven decades and likes to garden and drive the Baja Peninsula with Catharine and Loki. He can be reached at plantman2@mac.com or 949.494.5141.


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