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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?

Czar Plum Trees

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:38

Sorry - I agree with plotskier. How about a Thornless Blackberry instead. Mine are nice and shrubby and it would not catch on clematis.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:35

Yes just remove liquid and water over plants. Acts as a repulsant and protects against first attacks. As you (Globalgecko) seem to have a full blown riot on your hands you may find a mix of tansy and lavander (Same recipe) stronger. See thread Gardening with the Moon for further recipes, and full list of beneficial plants to use as insecticide.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:11

Yes should work against all ants.

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