Moon decreases in light and gravitational pull also decreases so sap starts settling into roots. Energy starts decreasing so most of this period (except the two days at each end of the phase) is considered as a dormant or resting time.
Although it's a dormant period for plants, it's one of the most active periods for gardeners. As sap keeps flowing down, the first two days of this phase are good to:
- Plant perennials that need to establish roots (fruit trees, asparagus and rhubarb, glove artichokes, strawberries, herbaceous perennials, bulbs and lawn grasses)
Perennial plants have similar root systems to root crops in that they store carbohydrates and nutrients in the roots to get them through dormant periods as it favours root growth.
- Plant seeds & seedlings of root crops (beets, carrots, onions potatoes)
Then, during the next 5 days of dormant period you can:
- Add microbial solution to soil
- Add fertiliser to soil
- Harvest produce for longest shelf life
- Take cuttings and divide plants
- Improve soil (weed, mulch, make compost and manure teas.
As germination is lower and regrowth slower, harvested crops are less likely to rot as sap flow is lower in the foliage of plants
- Cut back vigorous growing shrubs and vines as regrowth will be less.