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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 10:05

No, only 1 hour difference plus I am opposite Jersey so nearky back in UK anyway! I have given all times in Lunar Calender as Britsh Time. If you want to be technical The Northern hemisphere is on Greenwich Meantime and I have only covered Northern Hemisphere info. I do have Australian equivalents but don't think that we need to know about tornados/hurricanes/monssons etc - Although with all the current rain and wind, maybe things are changing!!!

Happy Gardening and Bon Weekend.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 16:06

Tansy is a herb ( see previous post) very smelly when soaked in water for a few days - not surprised it has kept things away! Have now added nettles to bucket as a feed for lazy beetroot - Seems to be helping though not sure it isn't just all the rain that we are having! Wish I had grown many more broad beans as never seem to have enough. Sungold tomatoes turning now at last although greenhouse tunnel roof just blown away in storm this morning! Toms don't seem to care though as very warm and I have just ordered another cover as repairs with sticky tape and rope just don't work.

Must also grow more garlic - I know that we can buy tons of it here in France, but you can't beat your own produce.

Don't forget to look out for the Moon on 29th - not sure if they will mention it on TV. Biodynamic Calender says that it is the reason why we are all suffering from this wet and windy spell, also massive high tides due this w/e.

Off to Garden Fair south of Paris  Friday to pick brains for Autumn Planting. Just made Tomato & Basil Scones for produce Stand.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 15:22

Well I can't say that I'm impressed with Tansy Brew as far as green caterpillars go, keep picking the pesky beasts off the brassicas BUT I do have to say that I have only found one yellow/black cabbage white caterpillar as opposed to a mass on the untreated plot ( I still run 2 traditional patches to compare Biodynamic treatment methods) The tomato crop is not coming to much, perhaps the low light wet Summer has not helped. Sungold as ever shining through but heritage varieties in some cases have not even set. Peas/Beans have been great though, as too have all salad crops. Will certainly grow Chard/Coriander and mixed leaves again.Ridge Cucumbers also doing really well outside whilst courgettes an unmitigated disaster! Tried a climbing variety and none setting at all.

So - here is Lunar Calender for 17th - 31st August. Just one thing to look out for - On Saturday 29th August there will be a magnificent Full Moon at it's nearest point to the Earth it will look magnificent. Keep an eye out for this.

17/18/19/20th August  Moon descending- Root Days. Harvest beetroot/celeriac/carrots/turnips and radishes. They will be at their best during this period. Lift the last potatoes & onions. Avoid gardening on 18th before 8.40am as Moon at lowest point and futile to expect any magnetic forces to aid plantings or sowings.

21/22 August - Flower Days Plant paeonies/irises and new day lilies or divide old clumps.

23/24th August - Leaf Days Start blanching celery and expect to harvest in 2/3 weeks time. Blanche scarole for 10 days then harvest.

25/26th August - Moon ascending - Fruit Days Harvest Beans for drying. Start harvesting apples & pears and autumn fruiting strawberries & raspberries. Gather tomato seed.

27/28th August - Root Days Sow leeks for harvest in May next year. Do not thin them out between sowing and harvest. Growing closely together will keep ground covered during the Winter and avoid disturbing soil by thinning and allowing frost pockets to form.

29/30th August - Flower Days For early flowering next year. Sow in situ hardy annuals. Don't garden after 11.15am on 30th - Moon at highest point so weak forces. NOTE MOON ON 29th.

31st August - Leaf Day Sow green manure crops on spare parts of veg plots to provide ground cover for Winter, to be dug in in the Spring.

So there we are - Summer nearly over, and for some not much of one. But I prefer cool and damp anytime to heatwaves and no full water butts!

How are you getting on - and how have your crops been?

Just a footnote on treatment for mildew - Spray affected leaves with milk diluted with 10% water (Use skimmed milk if you don't like the idea of a sour smell on the veg plot for a few days!) Do this religiously for 3 days. It does work.

Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 16:20

Interested in what you said about sprouts and broccoli as 1st classified as 'leaf' and second as 'flower' - Somehow I also think of them as 'roots' because they have to be so well anchored. I think that 'gut feeling' has to come into the equation somewhere.

In fact bought a book on individual plant reactions to the moon last w/e and it says that if you transplant brassicas during a descending moon period the roots will anchor better. With this in mind I think that any transplanting can be looked at according to ascending and descending periods, so it may not matter if it is a 'root' 'leaf' or 'flower' day in this context, although choosing a 'leaf' or 'flower' day when the moon is descending would appear more beneficial for brassicas. Just re-read this and hope it makes sense! Off to check tomatoes now - Just beginning to show some fruit , as are cucumbers in lasagne bed- How are yours?


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:01

I crush up tansy leaves in my hands and scatter them over heads of all brassicas - Really works. Tansy Brew was new to me and at present no sign of eggs or caterpillars on baby broccoli or Black Kale. Fingers and toes crossed!

Tagetes does work also if you grow it alongside beans and peas - apparently it deters slugs and snails but I have to say that I hadn't noticed this.

Has anyone else any tips?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 14:22

Hi - Short break last week and garden gone berserk with rain and winds. So much to do in between showers which I note were predicted in Biodynamic weather forecast. Just did not think that they would go on forever! Good news though NO caterpillars at all on brassicas having sprayed with Tansy Brew - Have any of you tried these preperations?

Weather -The Sun moves into Leo from 11th August so warmer weather predicted after a wet end to July. Prime days for harvesting seed are 14th-17th August. Immediately after harvesting crops sow green manures like field lupin/phacelia /mustard or flax.

Here is Calender for 26th July-18th August

26/27th July - Leaf Days Moon Descending - Just time 26th as end of Flower Days to lift and divide plus replant Irises.Prepare soil for sowing new lawns in September -Thin out endive/lambs lettuce and other salad leaves sown 7-9th July.

28/29/30th July - Fruit Days Start grafting fruit trees and prune cherries plus peaches and apricots (The latter two pruned will allow air to reach hidden fruit and encourage ripening)  Cut back fruited raspberries to allow new growth to form well before Winter.

31st July 1st Aug - Root Days Moon Rising - Sow Winter Radish again and Turnips, keeping both moist to ensure even sprouting.

2nd August - Flower Day and I'm afraid that no gardening advised before 4.10pm as Moon at highest point above earth so no strength in forces.Tie in and graft Climbing Roses, Sow Forget me nots/pansies/violas and other spring flower seeds in nursery bed.

3/4/5/6th August - Leaf Days (No gardening on 3rd until after 8.55am) Sow Winter Varieties Lettuces and other leaf crops including Spinach to ensure autumn cropping before first frosts.

7th August - Fruit Day Harvest beans to dry, Leave them hangingin bunches in a dry outhouse with good airflow. Gather Strawberries and Raspberries - Afraid mine have finished as started really early this year and need to start off new strawberry plants next year I think.

8/9/10th August - Root Days - In mild areas sow red onions like Brunswick and yellow late sowing varieties. Also Spring Onions, for early crops next Spring.( 10th August at 12.08 pm Moon starts descending, hence reason sowing recommences)

11/12th August - Flower Days -Take cuttings from Roses. Prick out bi-annuals and perrenials sown 5-6th July.

13/14th August - Leaf Days- Prune evergreen hedges and tidy up topiary and box hedges again. The growth would have been enormous with the wet warm weather in July.

15/16th August - Fruit Days - Plant new strawberry plants remembering to soak pots first, or if bare root soak in wet mud. After harvesting prune peaches and apricots again.

So there we are - Happy gardening and do let me know how things are going.





New Potatoes

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 17:00

Well done and Bon Appetit! - Oh and Bon Weekend!

What next after onions & garlic are harvested?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:47

Just in passing - You mention that you only have one raised bed. Don't forget crop rotation and avoid growing onions there next year. I grow mine successfully amongst flowers in my border beds alternate years to give veg plot a break.

New Potatoes

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:43

Last 2 pots of Ratte left. Looking forward to starting on Amandine. I only grow First Earlies as seem to avoid blight and such a treat.


Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:40

Just about to transplant Broccoli Babies for next Spring crop. Any tips to start them off well?

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