14th 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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Scouse daffs, Liverpool, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2015
Full Moon – April 4, 13:07
Third Quarter – April 12, 04:46
New Moon – April 18, 19:58
First Quarter – April 26, 12:56




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Domnina of Terni
Peter González

Ambedkar Jayanti (India)
Black Day (South Korea)
Day of the Georgian language (Georgia)
Day of Mologa (Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia)
N'Ko Alphabet Day (Mande speakers)
New Year festivals in South and Southeast Asian cultures, celebrated on the sidereal vernal equinox:
Assamese New Year, or Rongali Bihu (India's Assam Valley)
Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh (Bangladesh and India's West Bengal state)
Burmese New Year, or Thingyan (Burma)
Hindu and Sikh New Year, or Vaisakhi (Punjab region)
Khmer New Year, or Chol Chnam Thmey, most commonly celebrated on April 13
Lao New Year, or Songkan / Pi Mai Lao, generally celebrated from 13 to 15 April
Malayali New Year, or Vishu (India's Kerala state)
Nepali New Year, or Bikram Samwat / Vaishak Ek (Nepal)
Oriya New Year, or Maha Visuba Sankranthi (India's Orissa state)
Sinhalese New Year, or Aluth Avurudhu (Sri Lanka)
Tamil New Year, or Puthandu (India's Tamil Nadu state)
Thai New Year, or Songkran, celebrated from 13 to 15 April (Thailand)
Tuluva New Year, or Bisu (India's Karnataka state)
The first day of Takayama Spring Festival (Takayama)
Youth Day (Angola)
It's a big day!

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

43 BC – Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is wounded.

1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush

1816 – Bussa, a slave in Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados.

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.

1881 – The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives.

1945 – Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.

1986 – 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.

1999 – A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$2.3 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.

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