Posted: 01/08/2016 at 15:32
Welcome to August! French and English Bio Dynamic Calenders agree that this month will start hot and dry with warm windy conditions mixed with storms particularly between the 11-13th, the weather will be particularly unstable between the north & south regions but rain is forecast for all particularly between the 20th-25th. Following this there will be cooler automnal conditions (already?) with colder and wetter periods leading us into September. Pluto brings warmth in addition to the Sun in Leo followed by Mercury and Venus which move to Virgo after the 27th bringing coolness. Mars in Scorpio brings the stormy conditions strengthened by Saturn particularly around the 13th. I note looking at the sky that we can see Mars and Saturn all night and Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in the early evening. The collision of magnetic forces with most of the Planets at cross aspects -this month sees it as a wild, warm and stormy period. Let's see what happens!
This is the month for gathering seed that should be harvested on the relevant days. (Flower seed - Flower Days. Leaf Seed - Leaf Days etc) Be sure to sow Green Manures immediately you have vacant space in the Potager.
Here is the Lunar Calender for 1st-16th August.
1st Aug. - Moon descending in Gemini - Flower Day. Take cuttings from Flowering shrubs in particular Roses
2/3 Aug - New Moon on 2nd (so you won't see it in the sky) - Leaf days Trim evergreen hedges and brush moss from walls and terraces to weaken second growth in Sept/Oct.
4/5th Aug - Moon and Mercury in alignment encouraging Light Forces - Fruit Days - Cut Raspberry Canes to the ground if they have finished fruiting . Plant new strawberries and keep well watered.
6/7/8/9th Aug - Root Days Choose beetroot/carrots/turnips/celeriac to eat now as they will be at their very best on these days. Lift potatoes and onions.
10/11th Aug - No gardening on the 10th due to adverse effects of Sun entering Leo. Flower Days - Harvest Flower seeds, Plant or divide Day Lilies and Irises. Plant Autumn Bulbs. Prick out bi-annuals sown 22-23rd July.
12/13th Aug - Moon in Scorpio - Leaf Days Start blanching chicory and endive. (Allow 10-15 days for process to complete) Thin out Salad crops to allow light to enter between plants particularly into the Autumn.
14/15/16th Aug - Moon Rising in Sagittarius - Fruit Days. Harvest Beans to dry (Tip: After podding pop them in the freezer for a few hours to kill grubs etc that might be lurking inside grain) Harvest Summer Apples and Pears (Would these be ready yet?- If so what varieties? - Does anyone know??) Keep picking raspberries and strawberries. Harvest tomatoes for seed. . Harvest Aubergines Cucumbers and Courgettes.
17th/18th August will be Root Days so buy in Autumn Onion Seed if you have not done so already.
Well that's plenty to be going on with. - I don't like the idea of stormy predictions, but at least I won't have to worry about water supplies! - Keep your comments coming. We need other Bio contributers to share experiences on this Thread. Have just bought myself a natty little book about infusions/concoctions and other treatments in the garden. Will pass on any tips we don't know about already once I've read it.