Posted: 01/10/2016 at 18:04
Poised for Bio w/e ahead at festival. Just finished making a batch of tomato/jalapeno/cinnamon & vanilla jam, to offer for sale with fig/walnut and sheep cheese scones - Hope their popular! Quick look at Potager to check last toms and cucumbers, and straighten loose greenhouse cover - munched two raspberries and a tiny stray strawberry. Heavy rain and horrible cold wind today - So pleased to tell you that BioDynamic forecast for October is cooler days all month with warm sunny spells up until 16th when we shall then have mixed weather caused by trian forces of Water Sign Pisces, Water Planet Neptune and windy Uranus. Jupiter and the Sun provide warm forces at the beginning of the month, with contrairy Mercury hovering around all month to bring cool and breezy evenings and early mornings.
So - here is the Lunar Calender 1st-16th October 2016
1/2nd October - Root Days New Moon descending in Virgo. Gather all remaining root crops for storage. Plant out onions sown 16-18th August. Clear weak leaved salad crops as they will not improve now unless under cover, due to decreasing temperatures and light levels. Plant Shallots.(Don't sow seed)
3/4/5th October - Flower Days - Plant out Spring flowers sown 22-23rd July mixing them with daffodils and tulips to create new colour schemes.Plant out potted perrenials and flowering shrubs.
6/7th October - Moon in Scorpio so Leaf Days - Cut back chicory, preserving the biggest roots for transplanting in a dark place for forcing later.
8/9/ up to 8.30am on 10th October - Moon Rising in Sagittarius - Fruit Days - Sow round seeded peas for Spring Crops giving added fleece protection.(I'm sorry but I never have had success with this sowing so late -How have you got on - Any tips?) If you fancy grwoing your own fruit tree from kernels - Scratch the surface away from peaches apricots or plums and plant in pots filled with a sandy gritty mix and bury the pots against a north wall. (Tried this with a Plum once - it does work, but takes years to get a tree! - Fun for children though).
10/11th October - Root Days - Sow short varieties of carrots under cover mixing them with salad radishes that can be harvested in one month leaving the carrots to grow on.
12/13/ up to 7am14th October - Flower Days - No gardening on 13th before 3.50pm Storms predicted as Neptune comes into play (Interesting to see if this happens) Harvest Cauliflowers and Broccoli. Sow sweet peas, annuals and perrenials under cover to plant out April next year, be sure to cover with fleece for added winter protection.
14/15/16th October - Full Moon 5.23am on 16th -Leaf Days Harvest Salads and start protecting balance of young crops. Start cropping Brussel Sprouts if you have a frost as they will be sweeter.Cover tender herbs with earth and straw, they stand a better chance of shooting earlier and stronger next season with this late autumn protection. Taragon in particular works well with this tip. Sow green manures.
So there we are - Look forward to receiving additional info from all of you. Happy Gardening! For those interested in the antics of Boots the Bengal - He has a new pal - Pushkin - One abandoned kitten on our doorstep. Boots not sure whether to eat it or play with it!
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