Appalachia Gardening

3rd Annual Blind Pig & the Acorn’s Planting By The Signs Test

Blind Pig & the Acorn 2013 In Review
This week the 3rd Annual Blind Pig & the Acorn’s Planting by the signs test kicked off. Our test is sponsored by Hometown Seeds-if you don’t have the seeds you need for this summer’s garden-jump over to their website and look around a bit.

A total of 23 folks signed up to participate in this year’s test. Our testing vegetable will be the Wisconsin Pickling Cucumber. Hometown Seeds donated enough cucumber seeds for us to plant 10 seeds per person. I typically prefer planting under the sign of Cancer (The Crab) which fell during the first week or so of May. However-with a mind to testers who live farther north than I do-I chose to move the planting days to this week under the sign of Scorpio-hoping the danger of frost would be less of a risk. If I had known how chilly it would be in western NC this week-I might have moved the dates up even more.

The testers were to plant 5 of their seeds on the good planting days of either the 15th or 16th of May and

plant the other 5 seeds on the bad planting days of either the 17th or 18th of the month.

Over the years that I’ve tried my hand at planting by the Zodiac signs-the hardest part has been getting those signs to fall on a day that has appropriate weather for planting and enough time in my daily schedule for doing the actual planting.

But like I told the testers-while it’s neat to see if there is a difference in the plants-most of all I hope we produce bookoos of cucumbers and have fun doing it.




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    May 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I got my seeds in the garden but it was raining so hard. I am hoping that they don’t float off for it rained several days after, too. Good luck to all!

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    barbara gantt
    May 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My good day seeds sprouted in 4 days. The bad day seeds are not up yet, Barbara

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    May 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I got the good seeds in but had it in my head to plant the others on the 20th (yesterday). Of course, that hasn’t happened. Is there another day besides today you’d like me to plant the bad seeds? Shoot.

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    May 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

    This is so interesting. Hubby & I planted our root crops yesterday going by our areas moon/zodiac calendar. Ever since I read the last post you did on this, I thought to try it, even though last yr we had so much I couldn’t keep up 🙂
    Someone who commented earlier said something about a ‘signs calendar menu’, what is that?
    Wish us Garden Blessings! and many blessings to you.

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    May 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Interesting, as always! My parents planted by the signs and we always had plenty of good garden stuff.
    As for the past couple of posts; no, I don’t think I’d crawl in that crawl space either!! I never had chocolate gravy, never for breakfast anyway.

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    May 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    My sister says ‘We’ve already had Blackberry Winter. I don’t what winter we are having now!’

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    May 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I’m glad you got a bunch of folks
    to participate with the good and
    bad days of planting. I plan to
    use your sign calendars menu just
    like I did last year. I had the
    best garden I ever had by going by
    your signs, and I’m a believer.
    Thanks for all you do…Ken

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    May 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    These planting tests are interesting; seems there’s always something to learn.
    My father-in-law used to plant a garden every year that was always so big. Actually it was much bigger than he needed. Someone asked him why in the world he planted so much knowing that it would be much more than he needed. He said that he knew it but the act of growing things gave him such a rush that he couldn’t resist. Maybe it was innate for him. Just seeing something come from a tiny seed and grow into a large plant gives us satisfaction, I suppose.
    I couldn’t get kudzu to grow.
    We once (years ago) were laughing at something a little old lady said down at the seed store. She was concerned and said that she didn’t know what she was going to do because she wasn’t going to be able to plant her beans on Good Friday this year because this year Good Friday was going to come on Saturday LOL.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I love these planting tests….even though I do not garden. I have so much respect for the “old ways” and I find this a step into the past!

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    May 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Got mine planted on the 16th and the 18th. This year I planted them in big pots so I could keep better track of their harvests.
    It’s a good thing, too, I planted cucumbers elsewhere in the garden and something dug up the seeds one by one and ate them all. GRRRRRR!!!!

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    May 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I am in but it is still so wet here I hope the seeds just survive, let along thrive! We’ll see!

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    May 19, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Hey Tipper, got mine planted! The 16th of May for the good and the 18th for the bad. Hubby and I built a trellis for ours to grow up on. Will post a photo after the cucumbers come up. I’ve already got little baby beans coming on and plan to start digging taters real soon.

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    My Carolina Kitchen
    May 19, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I hope you get your bookoos of cucumbers Tipper. Love that word.
    The weather has sure been strange this year with 40’s in the morning and by Saturday it will be 90 during the day. Mother Nature seems to have a strange sense of humor this year. Good luck with your seeds.

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    Vera Guthrie
    May 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

    We can’t get anything planted because of so much rain. Getting antsy that we may not get anything in the ground in time to make a decent garden. Mama always planted, canned, and even went to the doctor by the signs.

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