pinotells tallats de lluna nova

20:02 Mar 10, 2020
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Agriculture / traditional method of hunting thrushes with nets (Mallorca)
Catalan term or phrase: pinotells tallats de lluna nova
I think 'pinotells' may be pine branches or something to that effect, but not sure what 'de lluna nova' refers to. They cut them under a new moon(??) or is this some kind of expression? TIA.

Els colls es preparen abans, amb pinotells tallats de lluna nova, si s’han de renovar els tàntols o parabandes (costats). Hi ha colls amb el siti (lloc concret on s’asseu el caçador) enterra, i altres d’ensaltats sobre clapers o bastiments, per guanyar altura. "
Lisa McCarthy
Local time: 12:48

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3Small pine trees felled during a new moon phase
Helena Chavarria



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Small pine trees felled during a new moon phase

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A Mallorca diuen „pinotell‟ als pins petits.

Performing gardening tasks by the phases of the moon is as old as written history and is based on beliefs that phases of the moon indicate the moon's influence over living things. The periodic lunar cycle — the distance of the moon from the Earth's surface, described as the ascending or descending moon — is purported to have as much effect on a tree's reaction to pruning as the more familiar synodic lunar cycle — commonly called phases of the moon and described as waxing, waning, new and full.

Check your lunar calendar to find the new moon, when the moon is barely visible from earth, and the apogee — lowest point — of the periodic lunar cycle when the moon is farthest from earth. The days following the new moon are waxing moonlight days, when the brightness of the moon is increasing, and the days following the apogee are ascending days as the moon comes up higher in the sky each night. The increased moonlight and increased gravitational pull on plant fluids causes faster growth of new plant tissue, helping young trees get a quicker start.

The new moon phase (from new moon to first quarter) is most suited to sowing or transplanting leafy annuals, where we value or eat the leaves or stem. Plants like lettuce, spinach, cabbage and celery.

Another option could be 'small pine trees felled under a new moon'.

Helena Chavarria
Local time: 12:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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