Looking ahead➡️ July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
How did the full Moons get their names? The full Moons have descriptive names that typically come from Native American tribes who used the full Moons to keep track of the seasons.
The age-old practice of performing farm chores by the Moon stems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture.
The Moon's phases guided many a farmer and gardener in the past, and still do today:
- Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rise in the evening) is dry.
- 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.
According to the Farmers Almanac, the days below are good for these events.
For Cutting Hay:
For Setting Eggs: