Posted: 16/02/2018 at 08:45
Cats tip toeing across very frosty lawn this morning. Kitten arrived bearing gift of tatty vole (first conquest?!) -Birds going mad over fat balls -Current count 18 sparrows, 5 great tits, 12 blue tits. 3 starlings, 2 robins at back of house and 3 in front. -Added sunflower seeds yesterday as cold nights forecast.
Onions, garlic and first peas doing well under fleece. Chitting first potatoes, and contemplating sowing some broad beans and more peas next week. Greenhouse also goes up next week weather willing, at last I have found a place for it (at least in my mind, daren't tell O/H that I might change it!)
Here is Lunar Calender for 16-25th Feb as no gardening recommended for 14/15th due to partial eclipse of the Sun and noeud descending.
16/17th Feb -Moon ascending -Flower Days - Sow Broccoli in nursery bed. Under cover in heated trays sow Summer Cauliflowers. Sow Busy Lizzies (impatiens) under heat as well but without covering seeds with soil.
18/19/20/21st Feb - Moon ascending in Pisces so Leaf Days - Every month when the Moon is in Pisces it is a good time to sow salad leaf crops, in this instance you are sowing for a May harvest. Sow Spring Spinach, dandelion, cress and rocket, keeping all these damp until sprouted. -Sow all these where they are to be harvested outside, as they need a cold snap to kick start. (This will be a first for me as I always start salads indoors at this time of year, but with raised beds and the protection of the sides, it might be worth a go -Have you tried it before?)
22nd Feb -Fruit Day (Sorry only one) -make use of this to sow round peas/broad beans and mangetout outside. Earth up well as they sprout.
23/24 and 25th up to 11.32am - Root days with Moon ascending in Taurus. Under heat sow celeriac In nursery bed sow summer and autumn leeks.
Between 15-25th Feb keep an eye on stored crops as this is the time of year when they start to re-sprout or go off.
Hoping all is well with you -Preparing for first Garden Fair mid March. Just a thought -If any of you are coming to France this year, would you like me to tell you where Events are taking place? There are some super hidden treasures here off the beaten track, and many Open Gardens and Events not listed in UK Mags. -Off to Rennes again tomorrow. Must get back to finishing marmelade and make scones for Rennes/Exeter Twinning Stand.
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