Moorticulture 101

Sister Hall-Bey
Maryland Republic

February 2018

Islam Fellow Moors!

There are many preparatory tasks that one can embark upon during the Islamic Month Jumada Al-Akhirah 1439 (February 2018, Gregorian) pertaining to Horticulture.  A few of the things that can help you prepare for a successful grow this year are:

It’s also a great idea to begin a home gardening journal.  Journaling your garden brings clarity to your plans as you decide on what to plant in your zone and then map out the design of where to plant it your garden bed, essential planning for a garden full of healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs.

To recap last month’s discussion, I want to ensure that all Moors understand the importance of Food Sovereignty, i.e. the Right of people to choose, access and consume healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and one’s Right to define their own food and home agriculture systems. This includes knowing when to plant by viewing your region’s 2018 Plant Hardiness Zone Maps as well as knowing the definitions of horticulture terminology such as Perennials, Annuals, Hybrids, Heirlooms, Organic Seeds, Intermediate, Germinate, Determinate, Compost (Composting), Frost Dates, pH, Transplanting and Rhizomes.  

February is an important month in planning what you would like your garden to look like and the foods of which it is to be comprised this Spring, Summer and Fall. I have devised, by regions and zones,] a February Gardeners “To-Do List” upon which I encourage all Moors to reflect.  Here is a short list of what your garden preparations should look like this month:

Zone 3- (Upper Parts of the United States, below Canada, Maine, Upper Montana, Washington State, Idaho, Upper Michigan and some areas of New England)



Zone 4(Lower Wisconsin, Upper Minnesota)

Zone 5(Lower Michigan, Iowa, Upper Indiana, Upper Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois and some parts of Colorado)

Zone 6(Lower Pennsylvania, Northern Maryland, West Virginia, Lower Illinois, Missouri and Kansas)

Zone 7(North Carolina, Middle and Southern Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Upper Arkansas, Oklahoma and Northern parts of Texas)

Zone 8(South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas)

Zone 9(North Florida, South Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California)

Zone 10- (Southern Florida)

Each month of the year, there are a variety of things that one can do to prepare for a home garden.  In the coming months, we will dive deeper into more advanced levels of home horticulture in hopes that Moorish brothers and sisters throughout the country can become experts at beginning and continually becoming food sovereign in our respective republics and domains.

Humbly Yours in Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice,

Sister Hall-Bey
Maryland Republic