Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:22
Buried myself indoors this morning as high winds and lashing rain. So glad I spent last 2 summery days gardening. Thrilled Broad Beans and Spring onions have sprouted in greenhouse (on top of staging and netted well away from hungry voles!) Dug up asparagus bed yesterday as fed up with it - Threw away weedy specimens and replanted 7 giant survivors in a square plot and closer together (I know this is not the classic method but tryining it out to save space and open up more land for veg)
Here is the Lunar Calender 1-17th November.
1st Nov - Root Day Sow short carrots and radishes under cloches
2nd Nov - Flower Day In mild regions prune hydrangeas and cut out old wood.
3/4/5th Nov - Leaf Days On 3rd No gardening before 5.30am (As if we would!) Harvest lambs lettuce/spinach/lettuce and if you have had a frost the first Brussel Sprouts (Think this must have been written assuming that we are all freezing during a normal November!) Cut down Tarragon and cover with leaf mould.
6//7th Nov - Fruit Days If you have olives (possible but not likely in UK ) after they have dropped take them to your local mill to extract the oil (Inserted this piece as felt it would be interesting for you to see what we get up to in France! -Store apples in dry and airy place checking regularly for one's 'going over' or bruised.
8/9/10th Nov - Root Days Benefit from this quiet period to make a list of your successes and failures and plan ahead for next year. Take particular note of soil tests results after the growing season to note what nutrition/fertilizers you may need to add to boost next year's crops.
11/12 Nov - Flower Days After the first frosts cut down and lift Begonias/Dahlias/Cannas and Gladioli. Bring them in and store upside down in a cool dark dry place with air circulating between tubers/bulbs.Dig up and throw away annuals. Plant potted clematis. Plant Day Lilies and Paonies.
13th Nov - Leaf Day Blanch Endive/Cardoons and Celery. Wash off dandelions and cover with cloches for tasty winter salads.
14th-17th Nov - Fruit Days No gardening before 6am on the 15th. Otherwise if it is not frosty Plant bare root fruit trees, enriching the ground with compost and bonemeal. Stake well against winter winds, water well with 2 watering cans full of rainwater in preference to tap water. When leaves have fallen from fruit trees spray with Bordeaux Mixture to protect against winter bacteria and insect attack. Take cuttings from Figs by cutting off an 8-10inch (20-30cm) piece of woody stem and put a cross in the bottom before potting up in sand and compost and place against a north facing wall. (Sorry don't know why Does anyone know?) Earth up Broad Beans sown 9-10th October to protect against root rock)
Well there we are - How have you got on this year. How were the harvests - Any different to standard gardening? I shall continue Calender into Feb 2015 as promised but it would be interesting to see how many people felt a benefit using the Lunar Calender. I definately have found it strange how dates have tallied with sowing and sprouting plus planting out, but I cannot honestly say that my crops have been better so far. Year 3 will give me a better picture I think. Happy Gardening.