Waning and waxing moon: which seeds to plant?

Hello Gardeners!

You may have seen in the application the terms waxing and waning moon. What does it mean? Which seeds, plants, fruits or vegetables are the most ideal for gardening during the waxing and waning moon?

Waxing moon

The waxing moon is the first appearance of the moon in the sky, two days after the new moon. This second phase of the moon can be observed during most of the day and a little at night, once the sun has set. This phase of the moon is the best time to sow anything that requires a long germination time, as the soil is very fertile. It is the best time to sow all plants that grow tall and bear fruit, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, beans, watermelons, peas, beans, etc.

Waning moon

Each day, the bright surface of the Moon decreases and the light it reflects decreases until it becomes dark. During its waning period, the moon is favorable for plants like lettuce, radish, turnip, carrot, cabbage…. This is the time to plant because the roots will start growing again more quickly or to fertilize because the fertilizers will be better assimilated.

How to identify a waxing and waning moon?

When you look at the moon in the northern hemisphere sky, you can tell with the naked eye if it is waxing or waning. When the bright part of the Moon forms a semicircle in the shape of a “D”, it is an increasing Moon. Conversely, the Moon is waning when the luminous half-circle draws the letter “C”.

In the southern hemisphere, it is seen inverted (i.e. D decreasing and C increasing). In the equatorial zone, it is seen rather lying down.

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