16th February

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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Spring bunch, Wenlock Edge 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2016:
Third Quarter - February 1, 03:27
New Moon - February 8, 14:38
First Quarter - February 15, 07:46
Full Moon - February 22, 18:19

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CURRENT MOON

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The Palace of Earthly Delights, Liverpool, Spring 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abda of Edessa
Elias
Gilbert of Sempringham
Juliana of Nicomedia (Catholic Church)
Onesimus

Festival:
Kim Jong-il's Birthday (North Korea)
Restoration of Lithuania's Statehood Day, celebrate the independence of Lithuania from Russia and Germany in 1918 (Lithuania)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Carrots, Chives, Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Shallots, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli*

Also on this day:

1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War. The Roundheads won the battle and the war.

1859 – The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.

1899 – Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded.

1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

1936 – Elections bring the Popular Front to power in Spain.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia. The USA is the only country in the UN not to sign.


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