In June, the sun has taken over, and the fields are growing in leaps and bounds. As the summer solstice approaches, the days get longer, and the urge to make the most of all that extra sunlight rises not only in the veggies, but also in our bodies.
June’s moon is waxing to its fullness often called the Strawberry Moon or the Strong Sun Moon on June 9th. Many evenings in the fields, we see the moon rising in the sky and visible long before the sunsets, and we find ourselves renewed with energy and purpose.
Similar to all of our veggie starts, I sow flowers in the greenhouse weeks ahead and usually plant in May and June waxing moon periods. Most of the flowers we grow are to boost the amazing pollinators by providing diversity in their nectar sources as well as just the sheer loveliness of having our own flower movement.
It makes a tremendous difference to have flowers grace our fields, the tried and true favorites like Sunflowers, Zinnias, Stock, Amaranthus, White Dill, Ornamental Grasses, and edibles like Calendula, Nasturtiums, Bachelor Buttons and Chamomile are cherished. Every year, we try to experiment with a few new varieties, and this year, the list includes Dianthus, Gomphrena, and expanded types of Echinacea and Sunflowers.
Planting flowers by the lunar phases, waxing phase, asserts growth and liquid absorption for the ultimate beauty and fragrance. The overall abundance and health of the flowers are considerably increased when I have planted in the waxing moon cycle vs. the waning cycle. Some vegetables that we grow like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts all have a flower head that we harvest and are often more successful when planted during this same waxing moon phase.
We hope that with all these daylight hours you’re encouraged to spend time outdoors whether it is a nice walk, gardening, or just hanging out with friends on the patio, enjoy nature, embrace the sun and all of its energy.
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