Posted: 02/09/2015 at 17:27
Well - I didn't think much of that moon, but the gardeners at the Gardening Fair were well and truly smitten, and talked endlessly about constellation liaisons that had taken place the same night. Foxed me a little, I have seen much better Harvest Moons but I have to admit that the potager does look great despite the storms that we had over the w/e. We were in temperatures 32/34C in Higher Normandy at the fair, great sweep of high temperatures shooting up from the South. Home only 17/19C so nice and cool when I got back but wet wet wet!.
Anyway - let me have your thoughts. The Biodynamic Calender for September says warm weather will prevail after the 5th with cooler misty nights commencing on the 17th, rain forecast from 22nd. The Sun Mars and Leo are in alignment at the beginning of the month causing the warm spell, and Pluto is aligned with Sagittarius until 25th assuring mild weather. All sounds good for harvesting and transplanting. Best dates for transplanting are the 6th/16th and 21st, making sure that you transplant the relevant type: Flower/Root/Fruit or Leaf as per usual.
So here is Lunar Calender for 2nd September -21st September. Happy Gardening.
2nd Sept - Moon Ascending -Leaf Day Sow Winter Salad inc Spinach and sow grass seed to rejuvenate worn patches on lawn.
3rd Sept - Fruit Day Gather early pears and apples and Harvest tomatoes cutting balance of leaves off the latter to encourage fruit to mature.
4/5/6th Sept - Root Days Sow last radishes to ensure final salad pickings before colder temperatures commence in late October.
7/8th Sept - Moon Descending - Flower Days Plant out bi-annuals sown 8/9th June and 5/6th July. Plant the first Spring Bulbs Prick out in Nursery Bed Pansies/Forget me Nots and Violas sown 2nd August.
9/10th Sept - Leaf Days Take cuttings from evergreens. Put them under cover and protect with straw against winter cold. Prick out Cabbages sown 3-6th August.
11/12/13th Sept - Fruit Days (Eclipse of Sun on 13th so no gardening on this day before 1pm) Place a slate under pumpkins and last courgettes/marrows to maintain heat and help avoid rotting and slug attack. Plant out new strawberries and layer runners. Plant out container grown fruit.
14/15/16th Sept - Root Days (14th No gardening before 1pm Moon at lowest point so ineffective on Plants) Start planting out onions sown 7-10th August only choosing the largest at this stage as they will have a better start. Leave others to grow on under cover, top and tail the seedlings then roll in liquid mud mix and plant in (winter sun) exposed site (You may have to think back a little to Autumn Winter and Spring sun positions for this one) - Make sure that they are well drained and soil has not been manured recently as they will only bolt instead of bedding down for the Autumn. Harvest beetroot, carrots, turnips, parsnips, leeks and radish.
17th/18th Sept - Flower Days Plant acid loving plants in pots or garden - In particular divide or plant out Lily of The Valley and transplant Day Lilies.
19/20th Sept - Leaf Days Plant out container grown conifers. Blanche endive and celery.
21/22/23 Sept - Fruit Days (This one is a bit complicated as we are going to talk about sowing cereals not fruit) Do not leave any plots vacant but sow Oats/Wheat or Rye now to provide a green manure in the Spring. The organic matter produced from these particular grasses will ensure a good crop to dig in next March & April. Just scatter the seed as for a lawn. They take a while to sprout but have faith.
Let me know how you are getting on. Off to battle with huge snails climbing up Runner Bean Canes now. Birds will be pleased as they have got used to me tossing these beasts onto a bare patch of earth near the bonfire. Boots the Bengal a bit of a hazard though. Keeps bringing fledglings home. Still I belie