16th 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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Scouse daffs, Liverpool, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

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:
Benedict Joseph Labre
Bernadette Soubirous
Drogo
Fructuosus of Braga
Martyrs of Zaragoza
Turibius of Astorga

Festival:
Birthday of Queen Margrethe II (Denmark)
Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes*

Also on this day:

1521 – Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.

1746 – The ghastly Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.

1862 – American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.

1917 – Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.

1919 – Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British.

1943 – Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.


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