Moons, Mythology & Gardening for June 2017 – Zone 2

 

Plant Hardiness Zones US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

 

I live in Zone 2 (Arizona) so my collage below is just a collection of info handy to my zone. Hopefully this information will be handy and helpful to you. If you live in, around or near Arizona hopefully this will be a good little guide for your homestead. I’m gonna cover the details in the collage below; moons, plants, crops, hydroponics, plant pests, transplanting, flowering plants and when to set eggs and what it means to set eggs.

I’m only covering the month of June in 2017 at this time. We’ll go over future months as they come up. It’s already the 4th (so I’m a little late – oops) but there’s still a lot coming up for the remainder of the month.

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JUNE – Where did “June” come from?

So first thing, let’s discuss the word “June” and how it creates the name of the month. According to the farmers almanac it states

“from the goddess of women, marriages and childbirth, and wife of Jupiter.”

According to answers.com it comes from Roman Goddess Juno. It makes sense since they sound similarly. Goddess-Guide.com explains that “Juno” was the Goddess of marriage, pregnancy and childbirth. It also makes sense that it’s a month included with the end of spring and beginning of summer, since that’s when the natural world usually procreates, spreads its seed, has babies, blossoms and so on…

The Capitoline triad includes Juno, Minerva and Jupiter. She played the Roman example of the traditional mother and the roles females played during that time period.

It’s recorded that she was the patron Goddess of the Royal Mint; if you’re experiencing financial troubles I suggest speaking to her on the full moon or while it’s waxing (that means before the 9th!)

Juno also has made June the perfect month to get married since she represents the household; its the luckiest month to get married according to her mythology.

During this month she also is a reminder to consider the positive and negative aspects of our personalities; focus on your leadership skills and loyalty in relationships both romantic and friendly. Remember to not let the negative emotions get hold of you and cause negative consequences; such as jealousy and vindictiveness.

If you have a pagan altar consider placing peacock feathers on it or images of geese; these are said to be her sacred birds. The sacred plant is the wild fig tree; figs have long ben symbols of fertility and childbirth and renewal. This is also the perfect time to find them fresh in the grocery store and enjoy them. Juno’s archetype included the companion and the Queen. Think to yourself if you’re being a good companion to the person you are with now. What can you do to strengthen your bond with him/her? As the Queen of your domain, are you ruling is fairly? Are you owning your strengths with humility and doing not just what’s best for you, but also others?

Goddess Juno Peacock

June Moon Phases 2017 – How do the moons affect us this month?

          Full Moon

For the month of June the moon is commonly named the “Strawberry Moon.” The name comes from the annual harvesting of strawberries during this month, coined by the Algonquin tribe. Europeans call it the “Rose Moon” since this is the month the roses start blooming like crazy in their part of the world. There are some cultures that call it the “Hot Moon” because, well… it’s strikingly HOT. Here in Tucson today, as I was driving through town, around noon, I noticed the temperature gauge on my car read the outside was 103 Degrees Fahrenheit!

As of right now (6/4/2017) the moon is in Libra. During this phase of the moon we probably feel like we need to orchestrate order into our lives and patch up relationship holes. Remember to take deep breaths and allow yourself to rest a bit.

June 9th, the moon will be full, and it will be in Sagittarius. While in Sagittarius it will influence us to feel more optimistic and generally content. Sagittarius is a fire sign which means it’s a perfect time to contribute towards your passions, be creative, color in a coloring book, make some crafts off your Pinterest board, take photographs, etcetera… whatever sparks your creative mind; PURSUE IT. The weather should be fairly tolerable, flowers are blossoming, the grass is a deep green, the sky is blue… you might feel the need to wander. I encourage you to do it! Explore some natural places, meditate under a tree on the grass and listen to the birds, wander aimlessly through a city; do whatever your soul desires. Don’t forget to be mindful of possible negatives; just because you know something doesn’t mean you should force it on others. There are always a million different ways to accomplish the same thing, people learn at their own paces and when you feel the urge to shove someone out of the way to do it yourself…. stop. Take a step back and release that need to control. It’s better to keep the peace and be patient.

         New Moon – We can’t see the moon, but it’s still there…

On June 23rd, 2017, the moon will be in Cancer; some deep emotional issues might resurface and inspire some negative feelings. Take a moment of compassion when you feel that negative energy rising in your chest. Some things are good to hold onto, and some things are meant to be let go of. Pick your battles wisely; not only with others but also with yourself. Work on your self-relationship and start being your own biggest cheerleader. Every time you catch yourself saying you can’t or never will, change it to you can and you will. Make a plan if you have to. Lift yourself up… we’re all capable and all have the same potential as anyone else.

 

Full Moon New Moon June 2017
June 2017 Full Moon & New Moon Dates & Times

 

       Moon is close to Jupiter on June 3rd, 2017.

You will be able to observe Jupiter near the moon for a few days more after the 3rd.

 

Jupiter
Beautiful Image of Jupiter

 

       Moon will be closer to Saturn on June 9th, 2017.

June 9th will be a full moon and its light will be extremely bright making it harder to see some stars. Keep your eyes open though because you should be able to spot Saturn.

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Artistic Rendering of Saturn

 

           Plant Above Ground Crops on June 3rd – 7th, 24th and 25th, 2017.

Above ground crops include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and kale. All of these vegetables produce their crops on the above ground parts of their plants. You can include strawberries, blackberries and literally anything where its CROP grows ABOVE GROUND.

 

Above Ground Crops
Community Garden

 

         Plant Root Crops on June 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th, 2017.

Root crops include beets and carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well as the leaves of root crops; such as beet tops. Root Crops are literally any plants whose crops grow UNDERGROUND.

 

Root Crops
Root Crops

 

         Tend Hydroponics on June 16th, 17th, 24th and 25th, 2017.

If you’re a fan of marijuana, you might have heard of hydroponic weed and how great it is! But you must know, marijuana isn’t the only plant you can grow hydroponically. Many different fruits and vegetables create robust crops after being grown hydroponically. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in water, no soil, and all nutrients are added by using a concentrated liquid solution. Sometimes gravel or perlite are used; depends on how the farmer has his hydroponic system set up.

 

Hydroponic Garden Vegetables
Hydroponic Garden System

 

        Control Plant Pests on June 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd, 2017.

There is an entire wiki-how on HOW to control plant pests so I won’t go into too much detail.

I am curious on how they come up with those dates. What I learned is they gather these dates based on insect actions that are affected by the moon. The dates aren’t exact but they should be pretty close to accurate.

Another tip I have, buy containers of live ladybugs and let them free in your garden. Lady bugs are fantastic at killing unwanted pests; they live off of them for food.

 

Ladybug Eating Insect
Ladybug Eating Plant Pests

 

       Transplant Seedlings on June 3rd through the 7th, 2017.

Here’s a Farmers Almanac entry on how to properly transplant seedlings. Instead of taking the plants straight from their little starter pods and right into the hot heat of the outdoors you will want to gradually help them with this change. It can send them into shock which will cause your crops to suffer. Plants are living breathing organisms and suffer from stress just like we do if not handled properly. One way to make this easy for them is to do the transplant early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is setting. You won’t want to do this in the heat of the day, not just for the plants sake, but also for your health. Heat stroke SUCKS!

 

Transplant Seedlings How To Diy
How To Transplant Seedlings

 

        Plant Flowers on June 24th and 25th, 2017.

Late in the month of June, around the 24th and 25th, the temperature in Zone 2 should drop a little and welcome the monsoons. The rain will help the flowers flourish and the temperatures should ease them into their new environment. While you enjoy watching your flowers bloom you will also get to enjoy the swarm of monsoon storms (if you’re in Arizona that is a for sure thing!)

 

June Flowers Wild
June Ornamental Flowers

 

      Set Eggs on June 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th, 2017.

If you are raising chickens from eggs, you will want to set them into the incubator on June 3, 4, 11, and 12th. You can also have eggs set by using a broody hen and allowing them to sit on the eggs. Modern Farmer has a fantastic and detailed article on how to incubate chicken eggs if you need further information.

 

Set Chicken Eggs
Broody Hen – Set Chickens

 

Well that’s all I have at the moment. Let’s see how this month goes. I’ll update this page as the month unfolds. I am extremely eager to see the monsoons come in. I love floating in the pool and watching the clouds fly by.

I am eager for the full moon too as well. My altar space really needs a good cleaning and I’ll be happy to let the stones and crystals bathe in moon light.

Have a lovely and fruitful June! Love & Light to you all.

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3 thoughts on “Moons, Mythology & Gardening for June 2017 – Zone 2”

  1. I used to post a monthly calendar of world events and welcomed ideas and activities, as well as festivals. I always included a poem and when the Full Moon was expected. I also liked to say the Native American names for their moons. Lovely post, thanks! 🙂

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