I was talking with the owner of a very old Farm yesterday. He had done research on some of their farming & building techniques and the lunar cycles came up. One of the things an older club member pointed out was the use of Lunar cycles to stimulate growth. He phrased it this way:
I did a little looking around & found a reference materials site on the topic.
Nearly devoid of mumbo-jumbo & Ouija Board discussions, it discusses 10 year studies and 50's-60's research that supported what our ancestors seemed to have figured out hundreds of years ago.
The site is selling a software that figures out the best dates to plant what crops, but I was more interested in the generalities and the information contained in the website for free.
Lunar Planting Overview
Lunar Phases explanation
I also found a comment on a site about the best time to water beyond sustaining the plant being during a waning moon.
I wonder if there is anything to it, but if I can get myself organized for next year, It would be worth the experiment.
There is something to it, although we have ways of over-riding much of it these days. Phases of the moon do affect weather to some extent...the closer you live to a coast, the more effect they have. They are also the way ancient cultures marked time, and some plants are more frost-resistant than others, some months tend to have more rain at the beginning or the end, etc..
Ancient cultures didn't have greenhouses, bedding plants, reliable irrigation, chemical fertilization, weed and insect control, and so on though. They also developed methods for their own small areas...you might find (I haven't checked), that some cultures offered different, even opposite, lunar advice because they live in different places. They did figure out a lot of things though...everything from charcoal fertilization to crude irrigation to planting late enough to avoid frost or early enough to avoid certain insects. These people lacked our technology, but their brains were the same size as ours. They weren't stupid.