Planting a garden in early spring can be a real gamble, especially in Great Falls where weather can be unpredictably cold, wet or windy. Home gardeners can get a head start by keeping in mind some spring growing strategies.
Marcia Bundi of Bundi Gardens in Great Falls said, “The first stop for any new or seasoned gardener is your local garden center, to learn what is new, and when to plant in the local area.”
There is also the astrological practice of gardening by the moon, as the moon governs moisture.
According to a National Geographic news article, “More gardeners today are turning to the moon for sage advice on the best time to plant, prune, weed, and harvest.”
Gardening by the moon
- Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather,
- The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.
- The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting.
- From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
- The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions.
The Great Falls Public Library will host a four-part gardening series on Thursday evenings in April. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information phone 406-453-0349.