16th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, October 2016:
New Moon – October 1, 01:11
First Quarter – October 9, 12:48
Full Moon – October 16, 05:23
Third Quarter – October 22, 20:13




The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Days and Observances:
Fortunatus of Casei
Gerard Majella
Hedwig of Andechs
Marguerite Marie Alacoque
Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
Silvanus of Ahu
Day of Pope John Paul II (Poland)
Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan (Pakistan)
Teacher's Day (Chile)
World Food Day (International)

Air Force Day (Bulgaria)
Boss's Day (United States and Canada)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: Plant everything that can be eatable at once.
During the waxing moon inoculate orchard and plant crops. Take grain harvest, enrich and store it for keeping. Plant and enrich orchard.
During the waning moon prune orchard and bushes.
Sprinkle plants from pests and diseases. *

Also on this day:

1384 – Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman.

1793 – Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.

1834 – Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London burns to the ground.

1934 – Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and Cuba begins.

1968 – United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the USA's team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.

1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1993 – Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters.

1998 – Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.

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