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Gardening By The Moon with Stephen McComber

This week on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast we chat with Stephen McComber about gardening by the moon. Stephen “Silverbear” McComber is a traditional Haudenosaunee elder from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake in Quebec, Canada.

Stephen is a member of the Bear Clan and a faith keeper and manager of spiritual, traditional ceremonies at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse. We chat about the concept of seed saving and planting by the phases of the moon in this episode.

Stephen McComber chats with us about gardening by the moon and his other philosophies in life.

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Summary of what to do during the phases of the moon:

  • New moon: plant greens and grains
  • 2nd phase: plant the types of seed from inside the fruit
  • Full moon: transplanting, harvesting and preserving
  • Waning moon: soil preparation, but no planting

Read the Farmer’s Almanac article on planting by the moon here

Read about our own trials and tribulations with a 3-sisters garden here

Steve’s humor shines through in this image from Le Noyau.

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