It is a branch of astrology and like astrology there is no reliable evidence
that it works. If it worked you might expect there to be statistical
evidence that planting at some phases of the moon gives better results than
others even if no mechanism was known. You might also expect a reasonable
mechanism to be proposed that is consistent with known physics, chemistry
and biology, and that could be tested to see how strong its effect was.
Neither statistics nor testable mechanism exist.
There is the argument that farmers have been practicing moon planting for
millennia and they wouldn't do it if it didn't work. This is rubbish,
people have been doing all sorts of things for a long time but that doesn't
mean there is any real benefit in it *unless* you can show the evidence.
Superstition persists in the face of lack of knowledge, just because you get
your superstition via the internet instead of at the parish pump makes no
A much better method of fructifying your gardens is if on the night of the
full moon nearest the summer solstice male and female perform their
favourite sky-clad ritual in contact with the earth. This will energise the
microflora of your soil better than compost and the karmic vibrations will
drive your earthworms into a mating frenzy.
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Well, actually the explanations I've heard had more to with the moon's
impact on sea tides (moon's effect on plants' fluids circulation in this
case) than with astrology, but no hard evidence either.
from White_Noise email@example.com (EVP MAN) contains these words:
I know a professional gardener, who was requested to do that in his
employers veg garden. He was sceptical but had no choice. I also know
the garden very well indeed
and it has always been a very hard place to grow good veg crops; right
on a beach at sea level, very poor sandy stony soil.
Previously, it had been gardened for over a decade using organic
permaculture methods but progress was very slow.
In the very first season of moon-growing, the improvement in yield
and crop vitality was so vast and dramatic I asked the gardener what
else he must have done that was different. Nothing;
just the moon timetable (not just sowing, but transplanting ). However,
he said he was very conscious of the change it made to his working day;
he had to be very disciplined and organised to fit with the cycle of
moon phases and very often, had to handle plants at times when his own
instinct and experience would not have.
As a result, he had more frequent contact with each crop and plant,
spotted any problems immediately and was able to deal with them (still
using organic methods) .
IOW he's convinced the result is highly effective, but not sure
whether it's the moon phases that make the difference, or the detailed
close attention and routine it demands of the gardener.
Even the influence on MPs is very doubtful. The average MP interval (28
days) doesn't closely match the interval between full moons (29 1/2) and
individual women have cycles that are even less closely related. Why don't
other mammals have a cycle that matches the moon? Our closest relatives the
bonobos and chimpanzees have cycles of 35 and 45 days. If controlled by the
moon why are all women not synchronised? This connection is poor science
and much history and superstition, just like astrology.
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