12th April

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!

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Fritillary on balcony, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, April 2016
New Moon – April 17, 12:23
First Quarter – April 14, 04:59
Full Moon – April 22, 06:23
Third Quarter – April 30, 04:28

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Alferius
Blessed Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
Erkembode
Pope Julius I
Zeno of Verona

Festival:
Cosmonautics Day (Russia)
Yuri's Night (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Globe Artichokes, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Shallots, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips*

Also on this day:

1633 – The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.

1831 – Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.

1934 – The U.S. Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.

1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets record "Rock Around the Clock" in New York City.

1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

1961 – The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital fly, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).


* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.