This object is all about constructing a garden or shaping the ground. I thought a good choice would be another tool, a ‘half moon’, used for creating edges to lawns or giving shape to borders.

half-moon-lawn-edger1It’s great thinking about and perhaps drawing up your garden design ideas, but even better putting them into action. Sometimes (perhaps more often than I care to admit), I find the design process is more satisfying by going out, looking at the garden, grabbing your tools and shaping or constructing things there and then. A bit risky sometimes if you don’t fully appreciate the impact of your ‘on the spot’ decisions on the rest of the garden. However, when using a half moon, perhaps in combination with a nicely curving hose pipe as a guide, it is really satisfying seeing the new, crisply flowing line of a border with its freshly dug soil, emerging from the adjoining grass.

Alas, my opportunities for this here in Old School Garden are getting fewer, as I move from an expansionist phase to one focused on creating a more manageable garden, and if anything, reducing the amount of planted space and to put back easier to maintain lawn and hard surfacing…but don’t mention this to my wife!

If you’ve been reading other posts in this series, you know that sometimes I’ve pushed the rules and included a couple of objects with the same name. Once more- by accident I hasten to add– I find myself toying with another sort of ‘half moon’. Yes, the astronomical variety, no less. That opens up a whole new area of ‘gardening essence’, well at least for some growers. Gardening according to the phases of the moon is a fascinating approach which you can use to guide when you plant different things for maximum health and vigour. As Lila Das Gupta says:

‘In a nutshell, people who garden by the phases of the moon believe that its gravitational pull on the earth’s water (i.e. tides), has a bearing on plant growth. They never plant anything when the moon is waning in the last quarter because it’s believed that the earth’s water table is receding. After the new moon, the water table rises again and planting can resume. Farmers on the continent have been using moon phases to guide them for years, as indeed have many gardeners in the UK.

You don’t need to spend money on any special equipment. My friend directed me towards, from which you can print out universal lunar calendars for free….’

half moonSee more of her interesting article here.

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