Gardening by moon phase has been passed down from generation to generation for so long, no one actually knows how long it has been in existence. There is no proof as of yet that gardening by moon phase does anything, and many scientists refer to it and other moon references as a myth. Still, the power of the moon is a popular part of our culture, and it seems worthwhile as an avid gardener to test this.
I chose to work with bean plants for my experiment for a variety of reasons. The main one being that I had a previous bean plant to use as a control, all the beans from the plant so I can compare yields, and the ability to obtain seeds from the same pod of the same plant. I learned after the process was half way through that it is possible my beans are exact genetic copies of the control, because both male and female parts are contained inside the same flower. They don’t require insects to pollinate them, but since it was outside, there is no way of knowing for sure.
To eliminate as many possible outside factors as possible, my bean plants were grown inside, on the same heating mat, with the same artificial lighting, and the same temperatures. The goal being for each plant to have identical environments so that the only thing that changes between the two is moon phase.
Each plant was grown through their complete life cycle in the same pot, with fresh potting mix from the same bag of mix used for both plants.
While I did my best to be thorough, this experiment had several factors that make it not very reliable. In order to show any significant findings, this experiment would have to be repeated with a large number of plants, showing positive or negative results over all the plants. Since I was only able to do this with one plant at a time, we can’t take it as seriously as a large study with several hundred plants.
This experiment is complete and we will be sharing the results over the next few weeks. What do you think happened? Was the yield the same? Did the full moon plant do better? Did the new moon plant do better? Discuss in the comments below.