Seasonal garden guides for Australian climates
The moon’s phases and its associated gravitational pull has a significant effect on the behaviour of tidal oceans, so it’s easy to understand how the moon can have a similar effect on the moisture in our soils and plants. By planning what you sow to coincide with the phases of the moon best suited to the type of vegetable and how you’re planting, you’ll give yourself a higher chance of success as well as increase your yields.
In the new moon phase, light increases and lunar gravity pulls water higher. In the garden, this means balanced plant growth. A new moon phase is ideal for sowing plants with edible leaves and seed heads.
Light increases further in the second quarter as the moon grows fuller. There is less gravitational pull, making this time ideal for leaf growth. A second quarter phase is the best time for sowing plants that fruit.
After the full moon, as it wanes and light decreases, gravitational pull returns downwards, making this the best week in the month for sowing root crops, bulbs and crowns. It’s also a good time for transplanting.
In the fourth quarter, both the amount of light and the gravitational pull decreases further. Therefore the fourth quarter moon phase is best used for harvesting, fertilising, making compost and general garden maintenance.
27 November–4 December
26 December–1 January