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Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Study Group Meeting

Waxing Moon - Monday, March 18, 2013

Event date: 3/18/2013 3:55 PM - 7:55 AM Export event

Event Location: Conservation District

Regular Spokane Permaculture Study Group meeting (Waxing Moon).

3:55 PM to 5:55 PM, Monday, 3/18/2013

A Likely Location: Spokane Conservation District, 210 N Havana St  Spokane, WA 99202

Draft Agenda: (we will record and link podcast here)

  • Introductions - 10 minutes 
  • Presentation: Spokane Permaculture by Ed Bryant - 20 minutes (or time as required - DON"T MISS THIS ONE!)

    Food forests are an essential tool in the Permaculture toolkit. But temperate soils, and hence temperate climate food forests are distinct from tropical and subtropical food forests. Strategies differ and starting and end points are likewise different.  Join Ed Bryant for a discussion of temperate forest gardening and the techniques we can use here in the Inland Northwest to build food forests.
  • Roundtable discussion of a Permaculture Principle - 20 minutes  
  • Species Report: - 10 minutes
  • Call for presenters for our next meeting:   - 5 minutes
  • Community Ideas: Thoughts on garden starts sale (June 1), a tree sale, and so forth. - 10 minutes
  • Community Events: - 10 minutes 
  • Q & A time: Got a burning question, or a puzzle you're stuck on? - 20 minutes

The Waxing Phase of the Moon

We alternate our study group meetings between waning and waxing phases of the Moon. The impetus behind this is to free our members to attend to their fixed commitments (ev 2nd Tues and such), but also in celebration of the natural cycles we observe in our gardens, lunar cycle being one. Since the Moon's gravity influences ocean tides, it is thought that gravity tugs and pushes at the water in plants and soil. The rise and fall of moonlight also has influence in the garden. Lunar gardeners say these combine to impact seed germination, root vs top growth emphasis, floral development, and fruit production. While science has yet to validate a lunar effect, the tradition is strong, and it is fun to to think about.

Lunar gardeners say that seeds should be planted during the waxing period leading to a full Moon because moisture in the ground becomes most available to plants during the full moon. During both waxing weeks, increasing moonlight stimulates the production of foliage.
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4/17/2013 8:49 PM

Um, so is the meeting tomorrow or the 20th as was mentioned last meeting?



4/18/2013 9:41 AM

Hi Redurth: The study group meeting will be today the 18th at 5:55, with a complementary field session on the 21st at Mike and Cara's,

12006 N Fairview Mead, WA.

See http://goo.gl/5Po3B

- Phil

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