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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/12/2017 at 08:18

Hi Everyone


Here is the Lunar Calender 3-10th December


3/4 & 5th Dec up to 11.42am Full Moon ascending in Taurus so Root Days. No gardening until after 1.50pm on 4th as Moon perigee. Sow some round radishes together with short carrots, liftong radishes as they swell for salads and leaving space for the Spring crop of carrots that will follow. Protect from slugs and cover with straw or bracken during cold snaps.


6th Dec - Flower Day If you have no frost plant out bare rooted shrubs and roses.


7/8th Dec - Moon descending in Cancer so Leaf Days up until 2.59pm on 8th Plant new hedging if ground not frosted. Blanche chicory and dandelion for tasty salads.


8th (after 3pm) 9/10th Dec - Fruit Days Prune Fruit trees and brush off lichen and moss (I don't do this as proves no pollution in area with good lichen growth) Spread well rotted compost around roots and Bio granules to stimulate growth having cleared away grass from around trunk.Transplant raspberry suckers to create new plants for next season.


December promises to swing between rain and snow at regular intervals with particular emphasis on the 16th until the end of the month - A white Xmas perhaps??!!!


Off to UK this am to deliver Xmas presents to family and buy more Xmas Puddings etc to sell, as all gone at Xmas Market last weekend. Also need decent marzipan which I can't get here in a cold but sunny Normandy.


Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 14:59

Aaaah -What was the language list all about??? -I didn't press anything!


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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 14:53

Gosh you packed alot in both away and at the plot! I have just put 2 Xmas Cakes in the oven (made too much mix for one, so many years of cake mix covering family recipe that I copied ingredients for double ration instead of 1 -Wondered why cake tin so heavy!!! -Anyway loads of Calvados and Brandy in it, so should taste ok.


Here is Lunar Calender 22-30th November


22-23 November - Moon ascending in Sagittarius - Fruit Days. Sow 'round' peas and broad beans. Now here's a note I need help with -Gather Olives! -I picked some off tree in hotel carpark in Rennes, nearly black (ripe?) -Now what do I do??


24-25th November - Moon ascending in Capricorn -Root Days , no gardening before 1.30pm on 24th noeud descending. Check stored potatoes and rub off any sprouting buds.


26/27/28th November - Flower Days. Sow Swet Peas in pots and keep under cover, protecting them even in the greenhouse against frost. These will be ready to put out in the Spring.


29/30th November - Moon in Gemini so Leaf Days. Harvest Brissel Sprouts, Lambs Lettuce, Spinach and Winter Lettuce. Under heat sow oranges & lemons and even avocado from old pips plus stones. They will make attractive plants if you are prepared to wait awhile. (I keep finding avocado plants in the compost heap - Don't expect any avocados though as apparently they grow into trees before they fruit according to my notes from a Gardener's Question Time some years ago)


So Happy Gardening and Keep Warm!


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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 14:35

Hi Obelixx


Glad to hear you found onions, mine are just beginning to sprout. Treat tree and shrub seeds like leaf crops and choose a moon descendent and if possible low tide. First Xmas Market this weekend and yes you do need to be registered with Chambre de Commerce or Chambre de Metiers et Artisans to sell products. You have to have a Siren and register with RSI. You have to have a Carte de Commercant Ambulant and this can only be obtained through either of the above registrations. As ever in France each Department is different. Pop into Chanbre de Commerce or indeed your Maire should know the answer for your area.


Just back from Fair in Rennes picked up some Alliums and Broderaie for 50cents a pack in equivalent of UK £ shop (Noz) -Made 2 new flower beds and planted them out yesterday before it rains again! Wish I could send this weather to you Obelixx -Think you need it more than I do! - Hope your trip to Ypres was good GWRS, very emotive there.


Look out for Lunar Calender 22 -30th November tomorrow.


Happy Gardening!

pet companions

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 09:49

Pushkin, last year's abandoned kitten bought home a little pal last week, obviously said '  I know a  place where you can stay' -Could not get anywhere near it under trailer to start with, but it obviously trusts Push and followed him into the garage, and has now progressed into the house. Vet says it is around 7 weeks old - Loves morsels of fish with Kitten Milk so may well call him 'Chips' - Glad to find this thread.

Winter Care Gunnera?

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 09:43

Thanks for info -We have Jersey weather here in Normandy so I hope that it will be OK. It's only a youngster with only 2 big leaves -Can I fleece it?

Winter Care Gunnera?

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:12

Do I have to give any particular Winter care to my new Gunnera situated in semi shade in the (very deep) Bog Garden?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:08

Hi Everyone


Hope you had a nice holiday GWRS. Warm but still wet here, although did get hardy annuals and all well rooted cuttings planted out at beginning of week. November is supposed to start with variable temperatures, wet and strong winds predicted. From 6th it will be dryer and warmer then 10-12th a mini Indian Summer, but be wary, as from 13-14th fresher weather and stormy plus increasingly colder after the 15th with possible snow showers around the 18th. From 23rd colder winds kick in and 26-30th more like Winter as we used to know it -Wet and cold winds forecast. -So I had better get the fleece to cover raised beds. A sneaky preview of December threatens snow and a Xmas more wintery than in recent years.


So here is the Lunar Calender 4-20th November


4th Nov - Full Moon ascending -Fruit Day. Harvest all remaining Fruit before winds bring down and damage balance.


5/6/7th Nov - Moon ascending in Taurus so Root Days. Harvest balance of beetroot and turnips available and preserve or eat. Make the most of the 6th where no gardening is recommended before 5.15am as perigee (Would anyone be gardening at this hour??!) by making plans for your Potager in 2018, and perhaps mapping out new flower and shrub borders and fruit areas.


8th Nov - Moon descending in Gemini so Flower Day leading into the 9th until 8.17am. After the first frosts, cut down dahlias/cannas/begonias and gladioli. Lift and store or cover well with bracken or straw. (I prefer straw as we tend to attract adders under bracken in the Spring) Have a general cleanup chucking out spent annuals and damaged stems of perrenials. Plant out or move clematis/Day Lilies and Paonies.


9/10th Nov - Moon descending in Cancer so Leaf Days. Avoid Gardening on 10th after 5.35pm as Noeud ascending. Blanche endive and celery.If you grow dandelion for salads, cut off leaves and pop inverted flowerpots over head -you will shortly have sweet young Winter Salads. (I always keep a few wild ones on the Potager as it makes a tasty change)


11/12th Nov - Moon descending in Leo -Fruit Days. If it is not frosty plant out balance of Bare Rooted Fruit Trees, remembering not to bury the graft point. Spray with Bordeaux mixture after leaves have dropped.Take cuttings from figs. Earth up Broad Beans sown 8th October


13/14/15/16th Nov - Root Days. Start harvesting Horseradish/Salsify/Scorzonora/Jerusalem Artichokes/Parsnips and Leeks (Leeks come under Leaf and Root Days depending on the time of year. Finish planting out Garlic and Shallots. (I have just popped my Japanese Onions Shenko in Polystyrene Broccoli Boxes -great success last year)


17/18th Nov - Flower Days with New Moon at 11.42am on 18th. Prune Perennials hard but don't touch grasses and tender specimans. Prune Shrub Roses then treat with Bordeaux Mixture.


19/20th Nov - Moon descending in Virgo so Leaf Days. Start forcing chicory. Plant out last cabbages. Plant ornamental Ivy and other Leaf Climbers against walls and plant new hedges.


So good to here from everyone. Happy Gardening!


Mini Footnote: Pushkin bought home a wild kitten on Wednesday -Obviously told him that we would provide a good home! We have fed it and removed the ticks around its neck. Got its confidence despite lots of phissing. - It is only about 8weeks old. Staying in Garage as it likes jumping in and out of window. Whether it will stay we don't know but doing our good deed, and making sure that it gets a good start in life. Would make an excellent ' ratter.'

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 15:27

Went foraging for wild mushrooms in the forest yesterday, in organised group with local Tourist Office. Really interesting. We were shown lots of different varieties as samples, then sent off into the woods to collect as many different types as we could find. Then we gathered together and an expert from the local Mushroom Society told us what they all were and whether they were safe to eat or not. Bought home a beautiful big rich chestnut coloured cep, and shared it for supper, lightly fried in butter. Really good. Apparently the Phases of the Moon directly affects the ripening process of mushrooms. I see Gardeners World has done a piece on recognising Mushrooms this week (just received email), if you can go on a guided walk, I really recommend it. Great fun! Made some new friends too which was refreshing. Following rapid French technical terms quite difficult but I got the jist of it all, and certainly now know what NOT to eat! Sign language of fingers across throat from guide made this quite plain!!

Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 09:45

Thanks for update. Sketchup certainly fits the bill for me. No major earthworks to do so don't need all singing and dancing app, just ideas for planting in very different sections of garden ranging from gravel to a very very boggy area where I have plonked a Gunnera who is very very happy -Now I need some plants to add to him that will put up with sudden rise in water level after rain. Would marginal plants work best for this -Worried about suffocating roots.

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