Lunar logic: planting by the moon

By Xanthe White In Gardens

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26th May, 2012
Most people will have noticed this month’s brilliant supermoon as it loomed 30,000km closer to Earth. A full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its furthest point (apogee), according to Nasa. The moon’s proximity to Earth creates a stunning effect in the night sky, but it also pulls the tides higher. For centuries, people have used the moon to guide them through the gardening calendar and to calculate when and what to plant. It is, of course, an obvious reference point if you have no other way of passing accurate gardening knowledge down from one generation ...

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