Posted: 01/11/2015 at 09:54
Felt I had over-run on text so have started another Post for Lunar Calender 1st-18th November 2015.
1st-2nd November (up to mid -day) - Moon descending - Flower Days After 1st frosts lift begonias/dahlias/cannas and gladioli, storing bulbs in dry and airy place. Lift and throw away spent annuals.
2-3rd November Leaf Days On 2nd from Mid-day Blanche celery/chicory and scaroles. Weed out dandelions and other tap rooted weeds as particularly weaker now. If you like salad dandelions blanche these instead (Just pop a flower pot over the top and block top hole with flat stone) Make a note to harvest these crops in 3 to 4 weeks (I have trouble with slugs - any ideas??) Cut and burn asparagus stalks, Turn and tidy Compost heaps.
4/5/6th November - Fruit Days Gather spent bruised or wrinkly fruit from trees and burn them to avoid spread of fungal disease. When leaves have fallen spray with Bordeaux Mixture against Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal problems. Take Fig Cuttings after the leaves have fallen. Lift and replant stray raspberries.
7/8/9/10th November - No gardening after 10.50am (UK time) Moon at lowest point in sky so ineffective) In very mild areas plant shallots with just the tips showing.( I find that we are just too cold here - but I might try some in the greenhouse in polystyrene crates). Also try white or violet garlic. Cut down all foliage to ground level on Jerusalem Artichokes, Salsify, Horseradish and Parsnips. Cover with straw so that you can still lift roots from frozen ground (Didn't know this - Have any of you tried it?) Thin carrots sown 1-4th October. Check and rub off sprouts from stored potatoes.
11/12th November Flower Days Clear Borders, cutting down dried stalks except on perrenials and seed heads which must be left for birds. Leave grasses alone to die back gracefully as they provide homes for insects and continued bird food. Plant out wisterias and clematis. Cut back shrub roses and treat with Bordeaux Mixture after leaves have fallen.
13/14th November Leaf Days - Force chicory and plant out cabbages up to the base of the first leaves treading in well. Plant hedgerows and climbing ivy.
15/16th November Fruit Days- Moon commences rise from 12.35pm on 15th. In mild regions sow Broad Beans and non wrinkled peas. (Peas never work for me - Voles just too clever -Boots the Bengal no good prefers fireside now or Moth catching!) Broad Beans in greenhouse always seem a safe bet. Earth up several days after they have sprouted and put up climbing frames for climbing peas. (Are any of you going to try this?) - here's optimism -Now is the time to gather olives and take them to the mill for transforming into oil (Wish I could!)
17th 18th November Root Days Check all stored root vegetables and throw away any that are wrinkly or turning mouldy. Rub fingers over sprouting potatoes to remove shoots.
So there we are. Do keep adding Posts - It's good to talk! Happy gardening.