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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: Yesterday at 16:57

Just returned from UK clutching a new fork and shovel plus a packet of Broad beans. None of these items available here! Following quick inspection of potager and greenhouse remembered had to write Calender! Have just sown Rye as green manure and agree all brassicas doing really well obelixx

Lunar Calender 20-30th October

20th October Fruit Day - Plant out pot grown fruit, and chop off spent strawberry leaves and burn them to avoid spreading any diseases. Treat pruned trees and raspberry canes with Bordeaux Mixture to protect cut surfaces.

21/22/23 (No gardening 23rd)/24 October Root Days - Plant Shallots and gather roots that don't like cold and wet weather. Protect other root crops with fleece or cloches. Thin carrots sown 3/4th October. Plant out onions sown 6/7th September

25th October - Flower Day Plant out pansies and violas sown 11/12th August Finish planting out shrubs and perennials sold in containers. Cut down Begonias/cannas/dahlias and gladioli if they are dying back.

26/27th October Leaf Days - Plant chicory roots and cover them with straw or black plastic to blanche.

28/29th October Fruit Days - In mild regions sow dwarf peas (not wrinkled varieties) and Mange tous. (Think this is very optimistic in UK but who knows with this wonderful weather that we are having - I think I'll sow some in the greenhouse to go with the broad beans that I bought back from UK yesterday)

30/31st October Root Days - Sow Root Chervil and cover lightly with soil, thin out when they have 4-5 leaves.


There we are - Happy Gardening and happy Halloween!


Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:04

Apparently the voles in the front garden are tastier than in the back, many heads found in middle of kitchen floor each morning! Cats need to have a sense of direction!

Just a footnote on original question - I do not want to grow lettuce. Can I grow Broad Beans/Peas?

Figs in Pots & Mulberries

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:01

Did you mix it with garden soil or use it neat? Coming to UK next week, so would like to buy right thing.

Can indoor Azaleas 'become' outdoor Azaleas

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:59

If you received azalea as a present from someone who bought it in a supermarket as opposed to nursery, I find that they just aren't hardy enough to put outside and just keel over and die. Florist or Nursery presents seem to fair better, I assume because they have had a better start. Just a shame they all seem to be pink /red or white!

Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:54

I don't touch the Autumn ones until the Spring then I just cut out the old growth, leaving the pale green stems to crop again. I have never staked them as they seem to form natural bushes - Do have trouble with suckers though turning up all over the veg plot instead of staying close to Mum or Dad on the edge. I have grubbed these out and planted them elsewhere or given them to friends.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:51

I have decided to move my strawberries and replace them by moving the gooseberries away from where they had sawfly this year, and planting them in the ex-strawberry bed. How do I stop sawfly coming back - will they move with the bushes. Should I treat them now or wait until the spring? All ideas welcome.

Figs in Pots & Mulberries

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:48

I have just bought my first Pot grown Fig Tree and want to plant it in a giant pot on a South facing wall. It is covered in fruit which I gather that I do not touch. A superb open bush at the moment and I have no idea what mix of soil I should put in new container. I believe it thrives in poor sandy soil - Do I add compost or John Innes or nothing?? It's a super speciman 'Rouge de Bordeaux' and I want to give it the best start. Also I would like to buy a Mulberry Tree - Are they worth it, or do they take years to fruit? I remember the fruit as a child and it is a secret ambition to grow my own.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:39

Hope you haven't got a Tom Cat - He will eat every scrap and p--- on the roots effectively killing the poor plant! I find my catnip self seeds very well, especially of you do not cut it back in Winter.Boots the Bengal loves leaves rubbed on his fur, keeps him happy for hours washing!! - Whereas Gingerman thinks it is revolting stuff and won't go near.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:31

Slight hiccup in Calender as I have been in hospital this week, so herewith Calender for 5-15th October. Sorry all.

5/6th October - Flower days though no gardening before 3.40pm on 6th as moon averse to earth.Sow climbing perrenial sweetpeas.

7//9th October -Leaf days No gardening on the 8th otherwise Sow Winter spinach outside but protect under a tunnel once weather cools. Sow mustard/rye or other green cereal on empty ground to dig in in Spring as humus.

10th October - Fruit Day In mild regions sow Broad Beans. A catch crop can be had before the frosts hit.

11/12/13th October - Root Days Sow radishes under cover. Mild October's give one the chance to 'catch crop' salads still.

14/15th October - Flower Days Plant bi-annuals and perrenials sown on 15th July.

Plant out Spring Bulbs. Protect artichokes, cut back lower leaves and earth up by 25cms. Pack straw or bracken around them in cold weather.

How are you all getting on? My tomatoes have been really good, but have still failed dismally with peas and salad crops this year , except NOW the lettuces have decided to wake up and start filling out - A bit late!!

Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:16

Having cleared out the toms and cucumbers I now have an empty greenhouse and am ready for all ideas to fill it full of edible goodies for the winter months. It is an unheated polytunnel, and I would prefer to grow things in containers as voles galore in the veg patch this year. Both cats useless!!

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