Dad worked in the garden yesterday (and the day before, and over the weekend). He planted new azaleas (on sale this week), plus radishes, onions, salad greens, beans. It's a good thing he did, too, because according the the Farmer's Almanac's Planting by the Moon calendar, March 26-27 was "an excellent time for planting root crops...and for starting seed beds," but this weekend, March 28-29 at least, are "poor planting days." Not to mention it's supposed to rain all weekend.
Also, according to the Farmer's Almanac this weekend will be the best days for: cutting hair to retard growth, castrating farm animals, picking apples and pears, weaning, quitting smoking, potty training (we need a that one to go well for a few days, boy howdy we do), demolition, washing wooden floors (thank God--mine need it badly), washing windows (ditto on this), and starting a diet to lose weight.
Why is this weekend especially propitious for these tasks, you ask? Again, according The Farmer's Almanac:
It's widely believed by many long-time Almanac followers that when the Moon occupies a particular place in the Zodiac each day at 7:00 a.m. EST, it can play an important role in achieving the best possible results for certain activities.
Looks like I have a busy weekend ahead.