Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:08
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.'