Someone recently gifted us with one of The Foxfire Books (click here to get your own copy).  Having always appreciated the folksy wisdom and earnestness of the Farmer’s Almanac, we were smitten with this new addition to our library.

One of the chapters in the book covered “Planting by the Signs”, and for those gardeners out there who are firm believers in the power of the zodiac we thought we’d share these rules.

Every day of the month is dominated by one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  Each of the twelve appears in the heavens at least once a month and then for a period of either 2-3 days.  Each of the signs are assigned specific characteristics:   masculine, feminine, airy, dry, barren, fiery, earthy moist, watery, fruitful, or very fruitful.

Planting of seeds is best done in the fruitful signs of Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus or Cancer.

Plow, till and cultivate when Aries is in the sky.

Only put plants into the ground in a water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) or earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) sign.

Destroy weeds in the barren signs (Gemini, Leo, Virgo)

Harvest most crops when the moon is growing old (shrinking each night).  This will allow the harvested produce to keep better and longer.

Are you a gardener who plants by the stars?  Share your experiences with us.

by Josh and Brent

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Hah! I have the entire Foxfire series too. As a child, I read these wonderful books like they were the bible! And in a way they are, the bible of how to live simply. Last time I saw my copies, they were in the unheated ell in our barn. Think I better go rescue them!Time to make their acquaintance again.


The Farmer's Almanac also has the dates for the best times of the month to plant. I swear by it!


I have gardened that way for years. Does it make a difference? I usually have a lot of success but perhaps would have done well anyway. 😉 Most of the old gardening folklore seems to have been for a reason so I go with it and it provides a kind of rhythem. My husband laughs at me though!

teri tighe

Although, it looks like my birth sign, Aquarius, is good for nothing. Maybe in hibernation at that point??

teri tighe

Very interesting book. I'm a firm believer in the zodiac. A lot of our personal traits are definitely linked to our birth signs.


We grew up on the Foxfire series. My parents had all the books. They were big fans of Eric Sloane's barn drawings as well.

We look for foxfire every summer in our woodpile at our cottage – the kids love it. Much of the lore and tips in the books is very common sense, and a wonderful window on simpler times with useful information.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.