21st 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!


Rites of Spring, 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




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Anastasius Sinaita
Anselm of Canterbury
Conrad of Parzham
Holy Infant of Good Health
Shemon Bar Sabbae

Grounation Day (Rastafari movement)
Heroic Defense of Veracruz (Mexico)
Inauguration of Brasília (Distrito Federal, Brazil)
Kartini Day (Indonesia)
National Tree Planting Day (Kenya)
Parilia, in honor of the Pales. (Roman Empire)
San Jacinto Day (Texas)
The first day of the festival of Ridván. (Bahá'í Faith)
Tiradentes (Brazil)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: 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. Fruits harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

753 BC – Romulus and Remus founded Rome (traditional date).

1519 – Hernán Cortés lands in Veracruz, Veracruz

1792 – Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading a movement for Brazil's independence, is hanged, drawn and quartered.

1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.

1966 – Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.

1989 – Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.

1994 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.

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