3rd 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!

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Fritillary on balcony, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Maria Hughes

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

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Cunigunde of Luxembourg
Katharine Drexel

Festival:
Hinamatsuri or "Girl's Day" (Japan)
Liberation Day (Bulgaria)
Mother's Day (Georgia)
Sportsmen's day (Egypt)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: 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*

Also on this day:

1284 – The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporates the Principality of Wales into England.

1861 – Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs.

1939 – In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest at the autocratic rule in India.

1951 – Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, records "Rocket 88", often cited as "the first rock and roll record", at Sam Phillips' recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

1985 – Arthur Scargill declares that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures.

1991 – An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.

2009 – The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, poetically collapses.


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