30th March

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, March 2016:
Third Quarter - March 1, 23:10
New Moon - March 9, 01:54
First Quarter – March 15, 17:02
Full Moon – March 23, 12:00
Third Quarter - March 31, 16:16




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Blessed Amadeus IX of Savoy
John Climacus
Quirinus of Neuss
Tola of Clonard

Festival devoted to Salus, goddess of health. (Roman Empire)
Land Day (State of Palestine)
National Doctors' Day (United States)
Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day (Trinidad and Tobago)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

240 BC – 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1725 – 2nd performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion BWV 245 at the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Included in this performance were 5 movements from his "Weimarer Passion" BWV deest (BC D 1).

1858 – Hymen Lipman patents a pencil with an attached eraser.

1949 – A riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO.

1979 – Airey Neave, a British Member of Parliament, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

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