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Spring Planting Time!! Can you remember the "signs"?
It is almost spring and spring planting time is something I always will remember. Being raised in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains on a farm, our family, and most everyone in the area lived from the land. Planting by the signs was something that most older mountain folks "lived" by. Not only did we plant by the signs, but I remember that my Mother also did her food preservation by the signs as well. She followed the signs to do much of her canning, but I remember especially that homemade kraut was one thing she absolutely would not can unless the signs were correct. She always said that to can it any other time than when the signs allowed would make the kraut "soft". Through tradition, many mountain folks accept the "signs" as a proper way to plant and harvest their crops.The twelve signs come around every 28 days, and are divided into elements: fire, earth, air , and water, and body parts head,neck,breast, bowels,loins, knees, feet, legs, thighs, kidneys, heart, and arms. Using a calendar or almanac, a farmer would pick the series of days with the most favorable signs for planting or harvesting his crops. In addition, ... more

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