1st 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!


Spring skies, Liverpool, Spring 2008: 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




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Hugh of Grenoble
Melito of Sardis
Walric, abbot of Leuconay

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day
Civil Service Day (Thailand)
Earliest day on which Sizdah Be-dar can fall, while April 2 is the latest; celebrated on the 13th day after vernal equinox. (Iran)
Edible Book Day (a big day around these parts)
Fossil Fools Day (ditto)
Kha b-Nisan, the Assyrian New Year (Assyrians)
Islamic Republic Day (Iran)
Odisha Day (Orissa, India)
The start of Miyako Odori, an annual geiko dance celebration. (Gion District, Kyoto, Japan)
Užupis Day, celebrate the independence of Užupis.
Veneralia, in honor of Venus. (Roman Empire)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, Cucumber, Peas, Peppers, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach*

Also on this day:

1318 – Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from the English.

1854 – Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens' magazine, Household Words.

1924 – Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch". However, he spends only nine months in jail, during which he writes Mein Kampf.

1933 – English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand.

1939 – Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender. Rebels in Axarquia, Andalucia hold out until 1956.

1949 – The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.

1957 – The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama.

1976 – The Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect hoax is first reported by British astronomer Patrick Moore.

1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.

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