9th 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:
Gaucherius
Materiana
Waltrude

Festival:
Day of the Finnish Language (Finland)
Day of Valor, also known as the "Bataan Day" (the Philippines)
Vimy Ridge Day, commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Canada)
World Konkani Day

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

1860 – The oldest audible sound recording of a human voice is made.a 20-second recording of the French folk song "Au clair de la lune".

1937 – The Kamikaze arrives at Croydon Airport in London – it is the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.

1939 – Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.

1947 – The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

1952 – Hugo Ballivian's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines

1968 – Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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