What is Planting by the Moon

Outdoors

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Lately there’s been a lot of conversation about using the moon signs to garden. While I’ve not personally
researched this practice, I decided to look into it because I’ve had phone calls and heard people talking
about it. I learned that the Farmers’ Almanac is one of the original publications that discussed moon sign
gardening so the information here is from that publication plus an article by Catherine Boeckmann.
The foundation for using moon signs is observation. It is NOT astrology or astrological “best days.” The
basic idea behind Planting by the Moon is that cycles of the moon affect plant growth. Moon phase
gardening takes into account two periods of the lunar cycle: the time between the new moon and the full
moon (the waxing of the moon), and the time between the full moon and the new moon (the waning of
the moon.)

Just as the moon’s gravitational pull causes tides to rise and fall, it also affects moisture in the soil. The
theory is that seeds will absorb more water during the full moon and the new moon, when more moisture
is pulled to the soil surface, causing the seeds to swell and resulting in greater germination and better-
established plants. The moon also affects plant growth through geotropism which is how plants grow in
response to gravity. Roots grow downward in the direction of the gravitational pull and stems grow in the
opposite direction (i.e., upwards.) Now that we have that information, let’s look at how to plant by the
moon’s phases.

Plant annual flowers and fruit and vegetables that bear crops above ground (such as corn, tomatoes,
watermelon, and zucchini) during the waxing of the moon (from the day the moon is new to the day it is
full.) As the moonlight increases night by night, plants are encouraged to grow leaves and stems.
Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground (such
as onions, carrots, and potatoes) during the waning of the Moon (from the day after it is full to the day
before it is new again.) As the moonlight decreases night by night, plants are encouraged to grow roots,
tubers, and bulbs.

Where dates for planting by the moon are concerned, see the almanac Planting Calendar for dates based
on average last frost dates and moon phase. Be sure and get the right edition of the almanac because it is
customized to your local U.S. zip code or Canadian postal code.

The almanac also provides favorable dates for sowing seeds or transplanting in the ground for all popular
vegetables and edibles. You could also calculate planting dates yourself by looking at the Moon Phase
Calendar and the following the guidelines above.

If you have any questions about Planting by the Moon, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA
Extension office.

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Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 02/11 to 02/17

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Dawson Defeats Fannin in Region Tournament

Team FYN Sports

This past Wednesday, the Fannin County Rebels traveled to Dawson County to take on the Tigers for the first round of their region tournament. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the first time they played the Tigers and endured a 71-36 loss.

The Tigers started off with the ball where they wasted no time to put it into action. Dawson was on fire with their outside shots as they racked up points and kept Fannin from scoring with their solid defense. Overall, the Tigers made twelve of their three point shots for the night while Fannin made five. Rebel, Joel Kinser, made his way from downlow to make a three for the night and led his team in scoring for the night with eleven points. The Tigers continued to advance their lead as they held Fannin 23-1 to end the first quarter.

The Tigers did not let up on defense to start off the second quarter. They continued to full court press the Rebels to make it hard for them to get to their basket. While the Rebels had trouble driving the lane, they had better luck with three point shots. Rebels, Brady Martin and Chandler Kendall, each added a three pointer to Fannin’s score for the night while Martin pulled up for another jump shot to contribute two more points on the board. Chase Culpepper took it up a notch as he was on fire above the key with eight points overall, six being from three point shots. Although the Rebels began to get into their rhythm, Dawson continued to add onto their score and went into halftime with a score of 48-10.

Andre Bivens started off the third quarter driving through Dawson’s heavy defense to add two points to Fannin’s score. The Rebels found a new method of scoring as they made great passes inside to their posts. Jalen Ingram had moves on the block where he contributed two points to the Rebels score. Zach Jones showed hustle as he saved the ball from going out of bounds and passed it to Nathaniel Garrison who scored a basket down low. Garrison pushed his way to the basket where he added seven points to Fannin’s score. The Tigers kept making their way to the basket as they closed out the third quarter with a score of 70-27.

With Dawson being over thirty points ahead, the time on the clock went from eight minutes to six. The Tigers continued to add onto their score as they kept Fannin from their basket, resulting in Dawson to walk away with a 81-38 victory over the Rebels to end their season. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 3-23 and their region record at 0-13.

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West Fannin Elementary: Robotics Competition

Rebel's Corner

This year’s West Fannin robotics team, the Shooting Stars, competed in the First LEGO League Tennessee Chattanooga (North Georgia) Region Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 2nd at Chattanooga State Community College. Our team was very impressive. They obtained an exemplary rating in Mechanical Design, which is the highest rating that a team can receive. They also finished 7th out of 33 teams in the Robot Performance category. We are very proud of these Shooting Stars and their coaches!

Fannin County High School FCCLA Advances to State Competition

Rebel's Corner

Fannin County High School FCCLA participated in Region STAR Event Competitions on Saturday, February 9th at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Combined, the students participated in 9 competitive events. (Listed Below) All students scored in the top 2 in the region and will advance to State Competition on March 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advocacy- Sydney Tarpley, 10th Grade

Career Investigation- Hope Parris, 12th Grade

Chapter Service Project Display, Courtney Earls and Haley Parks, 11th Grade

Chapter Service Project Portfolio- Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes, 10th Grade

Chapter in Review Portfolio- Victoria Tanner and Lisa Thomas, 11th Grade

Early Childhood Education- Sierra Reynolds, 10th Grade

Focus on Children- Chloe Clemmons, 12th Grade

Leadership- Cady Finley, 10th Grade

Promote and Publicize FCCLA!- Bobbi Pippin, 11th Grade

Students have been working on these projects since late September and their hard work has paid off. They have so much to be proud of!


Pictured are, from back left, Cady Finley, Hope Parris, Larissa Hughes, Victoria Tanner, Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley, front left, Bobbi Pippin, Chloe Clemmons, Alexis Hill, Courtney Earls, and Lisa Thomas.

Donald Lee Fehrenbach: Obituary

Obituaries

Donald Lee Fehrenbach

July 20, 1951 – February 9, 2019

Donald Lee Fehrenbach, age 67 of Blue Ridge, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Fannin Regional Hospital. Don was born July 20, 1951 in Menominee, Michigan to Donald Edward Fehrenbach and the late Beverly Ann Lafever. Don was a Vietnam Veteran and attended The Ridge Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed building homes and hotrods. Preceding him in death is his step-mother, Bernice Fehrenbach.

Survivors include wife of 46 years, Tina Fehrenbach, two sons, Jeromie and Todd Fehrenbach, four siblings and two grandchildren, Ashten and Maddie Fehrenbach.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Chan Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA at 1 pm. Military honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends an hour before the service from 10-11 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity in Donald’s memory.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

James (Jim) Roger Collins: Obituary

Obituaries

James (Jim) Roger Collins

December 10, 1944 – February 8, 2019

James (Jim) Roger Collins, age 74, of Morganton, passed away February 8, 2019, at his home. Mr. Collins was born December 10, 1944, in Ellijay, GA, to the late Leslie Ulysses Collins and the late Juanita Vivian Guthrie Collins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Eddie and Raymond Collins. Mr. Collins was a former member of the Morganton Masonic Lodge and retired from the US Forest Service as a law enforcement officer. Mr. Collins enjoyed fishing and fly tying in his spare time.

Survivors include: wife, Shirley Richards Collins; son, Michael Collins-Smythe; daughter, Kelly Collins Wood; brothers, Carl Collins and Bill Collins; grandchildren, Lily Collins-Smythe, Pearl Collins -Smythe, Ethan Wood, and Evan Wood.

Funeral services: Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Ritter officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery with military honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Kevin Collins, Eric Wood, William Collins, Jeff Collins-Smythe, Weyland Collins, and Reese Panter.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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