Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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!
Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, October 2016:
New Moon – October 1, 01:11
First Quarter – October 9, 12:48
Full Moon – October 16, 05:23
Third Quarter – October 22, 20:13
The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon
Saint's Days and Observances:
Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy
Crysanthus and Daria (Western Christianity)
Crispin and Crispian
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Gaudentius of Brescia
Minias of Florence
Armed Forces Day (Romania)
Constitution Day (Lithuania)
Day of the Basque Country (Basque Country)
Earliest day on which Nevada Day can fall, while October 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Friday in October. (Nevada)
Republic Day (Kazakhstan)
Retrocession Day (Taiwan)
Thanksgiving Day (Grenada)
Biodynamic Gardening Guide:
Moon in Virgo: Set any plants.
Plant the trees for which the crown height is important.
Plant fast-growing bushes and hedgerow.
Transplant old trees (in spring and autumn).
Transplant and set indoor plants (for better plant disease resistance).
Enrich soil and grapple with underground pests.
Perform farming, weeding, hilling, cultivation.
Take the manure away. *
Also on this day:
1415 – The army of Henry V of England defeats the French at the Battle of Agincourt.
1917 – Traditionally understood date of the October Revolution, involving the capture of the Winter Palace, Petrograd, Russia. The date refers to the Julian Calendar date, and corresponds with November 7 in the Gregorian calendar.
1920 – After 74 days on Hunger Strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney died.
1924 – The forged Zinoviev Letter is published in the Daily Mail, wrecking the British Labour Party's hopes of re-election.
1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".
1944 – Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.
1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison.
2004 – Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned.
* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.