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538 clicks; posted to Geek » on 03 Jul 2020 at 8:05 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-07-03 4:04:10 AM  
I used to work with a Dead Head who would get some really good weed.  He said the guy who grew it would go to the base of Snoqualmie Falls during a full moon and scoop up buckets of water from the river right where you could see the reflection of the moon and use that to water his crop.  I think he was full of shiat about that but to be fair it was really good weed.
 
2020-07-03 6:18:06 AM  
And here I thought I just hated getting sunburned
 
2020-07-03 8:12:32 AM  
I'd be interested in knowing if there's anything to this. Periodic cycles are all over the place in nature, and plants having certain functions regulated by a lunar cycle of some sort isn't inherently implausible, whether the plant is sensing the changes in incoming light at night, or the changes in gravitation, or is responding to (or anticipating) increased animal activity in the light of full moons.

Humans are evolved creatures like anything else, and humans in agricultural societies have been up against the Malthusian line for most of their existence, creating a lot of society-level pressure to better compete for resources. Whenever you see something humans took pains to do for millennia -- such as a traditional agricultural practice -- a good default assumption is "there's probably a reason for this". Maybe that reason is nothing to do with it being genuinely effective, but eh, maybe it is.
 
2020-07-03 8:30:47 AM  
I hate when people do things that they enjoy too.
 
2020-07-03 8:35:11 AM  
Alternatively, it's just a way to schedule your garden tasks, no more arbitrary than "mow the lawn on Saturday" and "weed on Monday."

Or maybe it's just lunacy.
 
2020-07-03 8:37:44 AM  
Better than moon whaling
 
2020-07-03 8:58:53 AM  
Damn, thought guerrilla gardening was on the rise.  Middle of the night's a great time to get shiat done undisturbed and without the hazards overheating.
 
2020-07-03 9:01:41 AM  
FTFA: Upon first hearing the phrase "moon gardening," images of gardeners in goddess garb sowing seeds by the light of the moon may come to mind.

What actually comes to my mind:
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2020-07-03 9:02:57 AM  

pkjun: I'd be interested in knowing if there's anything to this.

The popular belief that the moon has an effect on plants is unsubstantiated. When witnessed, the effects have been indirectly attributed to "moon gardeners"' attentive care.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_e​f​fect
 
2020-07-03 9:03:57 AM  
That first part shouldn't be attributed to pkjun.  That's just how Fark handles something in italics that immediately follows quoted text.
 
2020-07-03 9:07:42 AM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: pkjun: I'd be interested in knowing if there's anything to this.

The popular belief that the moon has an effect on plants is unsubstantiated. When witnessed, the effects have been indirectly attributed to "moon gardeners"' attentive care.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_ef​fect


Fair enough. But hey, if it makes gardeners more mindful and attentive, why not?
 
2020-07-03 9:13:53 AM  

pkjun: Wave Of Anal Fury: pkjun: I'd be interested in knowing if there's anything to this.

The popular belief that the moon has an effect on plants is unsubstantiated. When witnessed, the effects have been indirectly attributed to "moon gardeners"' attentive care.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_ef​fect

Fair enough. But hey, if it makes gardeners more mindful and attentive, why not?


Being mindful and attentive is great.  Chalking it up to the phases of the moon is just more of the mystical mumbo jumbo that we can't seem to shake.
 
2020-07-03 10:34:42 AM  
Okay, before I click the link, are we talking about mooning the neighborhood while gardening or gardening by moonlight or -- my personal favorite -- mooning the neighbors while gardening by moonlight?
 
2020-07-03 10:42:39 AM  
Having clicked...this is as old as gardening.  Whether there are lunar influences or not, I suggest it might have more to do with timing.  Planting successively extends your harvest.   In a preliterate society, the moon provides a calendar of sorts.  So, you plant root crops when the moon is waning and above ground crops when the moon is waxing.  Makes mnemonic sense.  Guess I'll have to go put my pants on.
 
2020-07-03 12:30:37 PM  

TwilightZone: Having clicked...this is as old as gardening.  Whether there are lunar influences or not, I suggest it might have more to do with timing.  Planting successively extends your harvest.   In a preliterate society, the moon provides a calendar of sorts.  So, you plant root crops when the moon is waning and above ground crops when the moon is waxing.  Makes mnemonic sense.  Guess I'll have to go put my pants on.


In an age where we have atomic clocks we don't need the phases of the god damn moon as our calendar.
 
2020-07-03 1:34:07 PM  
I'll start a batch of sour kraut in October at the full moon, under a oak tree in a open pot, then jar it and fill with brine.

Sauerkraut relies on natural yeasts to inncolate the batch to start fermentation, and the particular yeasts that live on oak trees get all excited and detach in moon light.  This isn't that odd, Saltwater Aquarium 'reef keepers' know corals do the same thing and artificially induce spawning, and people that make SourDough know the local brands of natural yeasts have different flavors .
 
2020-07-03 2:15:25 PM  

pkjun: I'd be interested in knowing if there's anything to this. Periodic cycles are all over the place in nature, and plants having certain functions regulated by a lunar cycle of some sort isn't inherently implausible, whether the plant is sensing the changes in incoming light at night, or the changes in gravitation, or is responding to (or anticipating) increased animal activity in the light of full moons.

Humans are evolved creatures like anything else, and humans in agricultural societies have been up against the Malthusian line for most of their existence, creating a lot of society-level pressure to better compete for resources. Whenever you see something humans took pains to do for millennia -- such as a traditional agricultural practice -- a good default assumption is "there's probably a reason for this". Maybe that reason is nothing to do with it being genuinely effective, but eh, maybe it is.


If you see something like that crop up all over the world in disconnected societies there's gotta be a little more to it than just hokum.
 
2020-07-03 2:24:24 PM  

relaxitsjustme: I used to work with a Dead Head who would get some really good weed.  He said the guy who grew it would go to the base of Snoqualmie Falls during a full moon and scoop up buckets of water from the river right where you could see the reflection of the moon and use that to water his crop.  I think he was full of shiat about that but to be fair it was really good weed.


I have an acquaintance who leaves jars of weather out on her balcony during a full moon to "charge" them.

Why yes, she DOES live in low income housing, gets bill money from her parents, went to college twice with no degree to show for it, and has been trying for 20 years to turn her substance absue issues into an advertising career.

However did you know?
 
2020-07-03 2:26:23 PM  

KidKorporate: relaxitsjustme: I used to work with a Dead Head who would get some really good weed.  He said the guy who grew it would go to the base of Snoqualmie Falls during a full moon and scoop up buckets of water from the river right where you could see the reflection of the moon and use that to water his crop.  I think he was full of shiat about that but to be fair it was really good weed.

I have an acquaintance who leaves jars of weather out on her balcony during a full moon to "charge" them.

Why yes, she DOES live in low income housing, gets bill money from her parents, went to college twice with no degree to show for it, and has been trying for 20 years to turn her substance absue issues into an advertising career.

However did you know?


Weather = water.  I really shouldn't let my phone do the typing for me...
 
2020-07-03 2:29:02 PM  

optikeye: I'll start a batch of sour kraut in October at the full moon, under a oak tree in a open pot, then jar it and fill with brine.

Sauerkraut relies on natural yeasts to inncolate the batch to start fermentation, and the particular yeasts that live on oak trees get all excited and detach in moon light.  This isn't that odd, Saltwater Aquarium 'reef keepers' know corals do the same thing and artificially induce spawning, and people that make SourDough know the local brands of natural yeasts have different flavors .


I have a friend with a gigantic saltwater setup. He spent a fortune on a super fancy, high tech lighting system that mimics the exact conditions from wherever his coral and fish are originally from. It even does lightning at night if that's what's going on.
 
2020-07-03 4:06:09 PM  

Russ1642: TwilightZone: Having clicked...this is as old as gardening.  Whether there are lunar influences or not, I suggest it might have more to do with timing.  Planting successively extends your harvest.   In a preliterate society, the moon provides a calendar of sorts.  So, you plant root crops when the moon is waning and above ground crops when the moon is waxing.  Makes mnemonic sense.  Guess I'll have to go put my pants on.

In an age where we have atomic clocks we don't need the phases of the god damn moon as our calendar.


Nobody said we did.  Look up the word mnemonic and untwist your man-panties.
 
2020-07-03 6:27:57 PM  
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WHAT MOON GARDENING MIGHT LOOK LIKE.
 
2020-07-04 1:01:21 PM  
I don't care what sort of bullshiat you believe, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.

This thread is poor edgelord bait.  Why bother?
 
2020-07-04 6:45:21 PM  
Insofar as the gravitational effects of the moon...I would call BS.

That said, the moon does reflect UV, and most of the spectral range of Sol to some degree, so in that regard a full moon will provide more reflection than a new moon.

My wife does a lot of her gardening at night for a much different reason as well. Less bugs, and not nearly as hot. Plus the bees are asleep.
 
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