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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 13:03

Hi Obelixx

What a super plot! Yes I agree timber costs are really high -I too am improvising, Japanese Onions doing well but keeping them in polystyrene tubs (Old Broccoli Boxes) for the time being. Other plants seem happy in pots, certainly can't do anything until after Easter as we have not moved in yet!!! Just keep chatting to the pots and tubs. O/H thinks I am truly bonkers worrying more about moving my plants than furniture! -Have not told the cats yet, but they know something's up -House looks a bit emptier and Potager has changed!

Anyway have a good w/e -Must dash, off to Garden Fair, have to set our stand up tonight ready for opening 7am tomorrow!!!

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:09

Hi GWRS -Mercy dash to water plants in new garden before we leave for Fete des Jardins Chateau de Pommorio - Thank goodness we actually move in easter w/e -Managing 2 gardens is not easy (1 half empty now 1 half full!!) Just had to say that I am so sorry that you have been in hosp and I do hope that you are feeling better - Take it gently. Beautiful sunrise this morning to cheer us all.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 16:57

Hi Everyone

Off to Garden Fair in Brittany tomorrow -First big one of the Season -Really looking forward to it before the final shift to new house and garden. GWRS Scaffolding planks arrived this morning for raised beds -The Calva worked!! Also bought myself 4 prefab one's as a starter 1.20m x 1.20m x 30cms high, as I know I shall be tempted to buy some Potager goodies this w/e!!! Also want to buy fresh herbs for new bed. Sage and Rosemary really past it. Baby Lavenders doing well from cuttings though.

Here is the Lunar Calender for 6th-19th April 2017

6/7/8th April - Fruit Days Moon descending but watch out for ascending noeud on the 7th No gardening before 3.20pm. Plant out strawberries and other Bush Fruit. Prick out aubergines/peppers and chillies sown 24-27th January and tomatoes sown 21-23rd February. Earth up Broad Beans and Peas sown 20-22 March.

9/10/11th April -(lots of days bunched together this month which is good as gives us all leaway to get things down. Full Moon 7.08am on the 11th Root Days - Plant 1st Potatoes like Charlotte & Ratte, remembering to earth them up from 25cms onwards. Plant out leeks sown 27-29th January. Prick out Celeriac sown 4-6th March. Thin out Beetroot and Carrots sown 23-24th March

12/13/14th April - Moon in Libra so Flower Days - Plant out container grown shrubs and Perennials. Prune Forsythia and other spring flowering shrubs if they have finished flowering. Prick out pelargoniums sown 29-31st January.

15/16th April -Happy Easter! - Moon apogee (Furthest point from earth) on 15th so no gardening before 4.10pm Prick out Cabages and Brussel Sprouts sown 27-30th March.

17/18/19th April - Moon in Sagittarius so Fruit Days - If Greenhouse is comfortably sticking at 20C Sow courgettes/pumpkins and squash pour planting out in May and harvesting from July. Sow wrinkled peas and start grafting fruit trees.

Well, I have to say that I don't envy you this year with that amount of work to do - I shall be buying plants this year for the Potager, as no chance to sow anything, particularly as I did not even know what sort of garden we might end up with. Soil Testing new plot tomorrow, then I know what not to invest in this weekend!

So Happy Gardening to all.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 15:54

Hi Everyone

Sorry for late start to April -Taking advantage of good weather to move plants to new garden over the w/e. 63 turned into 312 and still counting!! Just can't leave treasures behind.

Anyway April promises to be a nice month and very springlike despite foggy mornings in some regions up until the 12th when the temperature will dip again particularly from the 16th -23rd. From 24th temperatures pick up and a mini heatwave sets in. No foreseeable rain, so treasure any showers in those water butts.

Watch out for the Lunar Calender for April tomorrow. O/H wants me to load the trailer again!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:11

Well that weather has changed as predicted - So glad I potted up some treasures for moving earlier this week. Rain wind and horrors today. Glad we have a Plant Fair Indoors tomorrow. Going to sell plants I don't want anymore to raise dosh for new goodies for new garden!!!

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:01

Hi Everyone - Here are a couple of tips I picked up this morning from a Nurseryman who only plants according to the Lunar Cycle - When transplanting welsh onions/chives or leeks, trim their roots and divide clumps on a descending Moon in preference during the constellation Cancer or Scorpio (Leaf Days) thus guaranteeing fast establishment and strong plants.

Here is the Lunar Calender 17th-31st March

17th March - Flower Day Moon Descending in Libra. Prick out Cauliflowers and Broccoli and Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) sown 26th Feb. Prune Summer flowering shrubs.

18/19th March - Leaf Days Moon in Scorpio - No gardening after 12.30pm on 18th Moon apogee (Furthest point in cycle from Earth)Plant asparagus. Split clumps of chives or Welsh Onions (Use tip obtained this am) Continue blanching dandelions (These are fantastic raw sprinkled with olive oil and tossed with hot crispy bacon as a warm salad and garnished with garlic croutons) Plant rhubarb and bush herbs.Prick out cabbages sown 1-3rd Feb. Thin out spinach and lettuce sown 28th Feb 1/2 march.

20/21/22nd March - Fruit Days Moon ascending from 5.24am on 21st in Sagittarius. Sow Round Peas and Broad Beans outside, earthing up well once they have sprouted. Graft Fruit Trees.

23/24th March Root Days - Sow Carrots/Radishes and Beetroot for early crops outside.

25/26th March Flower Days - Moon ascending -Despite winds and variable weather predicted Sow first annuals outside and sweet peas.

27/28/29/30th March - New Moon 3.57am 28th March - Leaf Days No gardening after 8.25am on 30th Moon at nearest point to Earth i Cycle (perigee) - In a well exposed Nursery Bed sow Cabbages/Brussell Sprouts and Salad crops. Under Heat sow Rocket/Parsley (Pour boiling water over Parsley Seed first) and Chervil. On 30th at 10.53am Moon moves into Aries so Fruit Day starts -Sow Melons.

31st March - Root Day Sow more Radishes.

Happy Gardening and Keep all comments and extra info coming!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 15:35

Pushkin fine -Now looking for more trouble -We moved trailer to load up with garden bits and bobs and to his delight he found various carcasses stashed away by Boots the Bengal in different states of decay! 2 Rabbit Ears, 1 Large Wing (Pheasant?) and Best end of Rat promptly carried into house by one very happy kitten. Smacked bottom and thrown out again with the debris!!! Oh Joy!. Still I am over the Moon (Ouch I didn't mean that!) Last Month on a Lunar Fruit Day, I stuck Redcurrant and Gooseberry Prunings into ground and they have taken!!! So now I have last year's Baby Blackcurrants to move plus reds and goosegogs -Absolutely delighted.

Watch out for Lunar Calender tomorrow.-Before Calva with Builders! (hic)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:44

Great info all round thank you. -French Builders shook their heads in disbelief at my request! - Still they didn't say 'no' and coming round for a 'calva'* on Friday *Calvados. (They don't do Builders Tea here -Beer and Calva the accepted ritual drink when negotiating important matters like scaffolding planks!!!)

Anyway -Lots more plants that I had forgotten about moving now sprouting, so outside with the fork and trowel again this afternoon -O/H going mad 'How many trailer trips will this be?' Was this morning's exasperated question 'Lots!' I replied. Pushkin stuck up poplar tree wailing -highest he has climbed O/H fetching ladder. Must go!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:58

Now that's interesting Liriodendron -what crops did you grow and how did you lay them out? Interesting Bean Rail Fixings here (Side poles screwed to frames either at the back or in the centre) _ Which tree seeds did you buy GWRS. Hope you have a good walk. Did any of you see the Moon last night -absolutely stunning but slightly orange which denotes frost -and 'yes' we had a hard frost this am. Very high tide today - usually dsignates change in weather again -And I thought Summer was coming!! Shall now go across the road and ask builders if I can have their scaffolding planks when they've finished as they are building a new house -They can only say 'no'!! -Brilliant idea Thank You.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 10:15

Hi Everyone

Garden Centres here selling  1.20m x1.20 x 20-30cmshigh beds which is crazy as tiny!!!

Plant Fair turned out to be a Tree Fair which was brilliant because I got lots of tips on moving my larger shrubs at this time of year. Not as difficult as I had thought, so leaping into the graden this afternoon as bright and sunny and warm!! 18c here this w/e -Im sure it won't last so must make the most of it. I am going to try 5 - 2m x 1m beds and O/H is being sent off to do a reccy of the sawmill locally as been tipped off that you can buy offcuts cheap.. Also thinking of filling the beds diagonally with herbs and bee plants in the corners. trouble is most of the books that I have looked at make everything pretty pretty, which is fine but we want to munch our way through everything all the time!! Tried diagonally before and it really works plus looks good.

Video sound really good Gardengirl, will follow with interest.

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