Yes, composting also falls within the framework of moon phase gardening. Looking at the 8 phases of the moon, the energy begins with the seed, the birth, the potential – ready to grow into maturity before it completes the full cycle. The 8 phases are as follows:
- New Moon – planting of the seed
- Crescent Moon – sprouting when the seed breaks through the shell and through the earth
- First Quarter Moon – growing phase
- Gibbous Moon – the bud forms, ready to blossom into maturity
- Full Moon – the flower blooms, the plant expresses it’s scent, it is mature and shares its essence outside of itself
- Disseminating Moon – the fruit of the flower is in its glory
- Last Quarter – the harvest of the plant
- Balsamic Moon – the plant and seed return to earth. Compost in this phase
I have been composting for years and have found a very simple composting recipe and method. As you begin your composting process, note that if at any time your compost begins to smell a bad odor, your compost mixture is not heating up adequately. To remedy; add nitrogen matter (green plant matter, grass clippings, raw vegetable scraps). The temperature when heated should be in the range of 110 – 140 degrees. Following this method and recipe, you should have ready compost in 2-3 months.
This method of composting is called HOT Composting. You can add weeds to the compost and with the heat created, the weeds as well as the seeds will die, leaving live micro insects to nourish the compost. The other method of composting is the COLD Composting method where you CANNOT add weeds, as the seeds will remain alive in your compost and weeds will spread when you use your compost. I have never tried the cold method of composting, so I can offer no other thoughts.
COMPOSTING RECIPE (for hot composting)
2 part carbon material
Leaves (shredded leaves are best as they breakdown faster)
1 part nitrogen
Green plant matter (including weeds)
Raw vegetable scraps
Begin the compost pile by putting the carbon matter on the bottom
Add a layer of soil
Next layer is your nitrogen matter
Add another layer of soil
Repeat as many layers as you want
Last step is to water the compost pile (depending on the weather, you may have to water periodically)
To add air to the compost, depending on how high you compost pile is, put a couple of 1 or 2 ft length pieces of pipe vertically in the compost.
Find the date of the balsamic moon phase, google or look at the “Planting Daily Guide” tab on this website which will be listed on the appropriate balsamic week.