5th October

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!


Fading Sun Flower, Autumn 2007: 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:
Faustyna Kowalska
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (Roman Catholic Church)
Hor and Susia (Coptic Church)
Placid and Maurus
Placidus (martyr)

Armed Forces Day (Indonesia)
Constitution Day (Vanuatu)
One of the three Mundus patet (Roman Empire)
Republic Day (Portugal)
Teacher's Day (Pakistan)
World Teachers' Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: Set fruits, large-statured vegetables and fast-growing trees.
Prune orchards and bushes (during the waxing moon in spring).
Sow grain.
In spring enrich grain, vegetables and fruits.
Grapple with underground pests.*

Also on this day:

1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1789 – French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

1869 – The Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval office.

1877 – Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles. Please read Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee' for the full, sad story.

1936 – The Jarrow March sets off for London.

1944 – Suffrage is extended to women in France

1945 – Hollywood Black Friday: A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.

1968 – Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.

1986 – Israeli secret nuclear weapons are revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times runs Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed — the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal".

2003 – Death of Timothy Treadwell, American bear attack victim (b. 1957) - subject of 'Into The Wild'.

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