Wednesday, April 2, 2008


[Michael sez: This is a method of planting that is very old and according to it's practitioners is very successful. My personal experience is learned from an old man here locally who had me frost seed clover on our pastures in the dark of the moon in February.

Although I haven't tried it, you are supposed to butcher your hog at the same time. Bacon sliced in the dark of the moon is not supposed to curl in the skillet when you fry it. It is scientific fact that clover seed was mostly hard-shelled and the "good" stuff was run through a drum sander at the seed farm to grind the hull thinner. Freezing and thawing cracked the hull and gave you a higher germination rate than the old fashioned hard shell planted in warm weather.

Science and folklore kinda get mixed up some times and it is not apparent why something is done the way it is. I was told to sow the Clover seed even if there was snow on the ground. I listen to the old-timers and I try their recipes. A lot of these practices originated when a lot of people could not afford to buy extra seed for a poorly sown field. They had to get it right the first time.]

those are the best dates for planting...
(if you plant by the moon signs) and
it is best to plant early in the morning....
the old woman on the mountain plants by those dates
(moon signs) and she always has abundant crops...
even when we had the drought last year...........

Here is your planting guide for April...........
Above ground crops: 5** 8-9** 12-14
Seed beds: 12-14** 22-23
Root crops: 4** 20-23** 27-28


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