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Study Group Meeting

Published on Sunday, April 28, 2013

Study Group Meeting

Waning Moon - Thursday May 2, 2013

Event date: 5/2/2013 3:55 PM - 7:55 AM Export event

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

Regular Spokane Permaculture Study Group meeting (Waning Moon).

5:55 PM to 7:55 PM, Thursday, 5/2/2013

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


  • Introductions - 10 minutes 
  • Presentation: Permaculture Fundamentals by Ed Bryant - 60 minutes
    (Note: Permaculture is a practical set of design principles based on careful observation of nature. Ed is our most valued local resource for teaching and implementing these principles.)
  • Call for presenters for our next meeting: - 10 minutes
    - Bryan is tracking down the local fungi folks for a presentation on practices friedly to our local fungi friends.
    - Phil is tracking down a greywater presenter.
  • Community Ideas: Visions and Activism: - 10 minutes
  • Community Events: - 10 minutes 
    May 5 Int'l Permaculture Day Potluck at the Siemen Family Farms (Farm-to-Table Theme)
  • Q & A time: Got a burning question, or a puzzle you're stuck on? - 30 minutes

The Waning Phase of the Moon

We alternate our study group meetings between waning and waxing phases of the Moon. The impetus behind this is to avoid conflicts with other regular meeting commitments, but also in celebration of the natural cycles we observe in our gardens, lunar cycles being one. Since the moon's gravity influences ocean tides, it is thought that gravity pulls and pushes at the water in plants and soil. Lunar gardeners say this ebb and flow has an impact on seed germination, 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 bulbs, perennials and underground vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, should be planted during the first seven days of a waning moon because these plants need to have their root system become well established. The second week of the moon's decreasing light is considered the best time for controlling insects, pruning, watering and harvesting.

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