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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: Yesterday at 15:16

Just walked round garden soussing out new wild flowers as we did not move here until April -violets and primroses coming out . Must start crystallising them to decorate cakes. If you pick them at the Full Moon they keep up to 3 weeks longer after crystallising, tried this out last year. Preserved them at two totally different Moon Phases plus Full Moon and it is true. They look fresher and don't curl at all whilst you crystallise them, seem to have much stronger petals.March is really early for a Garden Fair, as you say most in April - May then Sept -Oct. Only problem - I sell lots of things but buy far more!!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: Yesterday at 10:09

Forgot to mention -Found great heap of Ficoide 'Carpobrotus edulis' or what I call giant mesembryanthemum on the road opposite the beach yesterday -The Spring Tide had washed it all out of someone's rockery, came home with it so lots of planting out to do later long drive bank. Interesting that the French call it 'Witches Fingers' or 'Hottentot Fig' -No idea what colour the flowers will be -Surprise discovery and I like those!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: Yesterday at 09:54

Good old Super-U -That's where I got my Raised Beds from on Promo. Their Bio Terreau is good too.

Now Obelxx you are not to complain about rain -You did say that you wanted it!!!! I'm thoroughly sick of it, just can't get out and work any of this sodden ground -I'd almost prefer snow then I couldn't see the things that have to be done!!! -Anyway Rennes was good and warmer than here! First Garden Fair 17-18th March so hope weather improves (a sneaky glimpse at my Bio Lunar Weather Calender shows Spring like weather after the 6th) - Just received reservation Form for The Crazy Nettle Fair 'Les Orties en Folies' 8th April. Really looking forward to this one, lots of lectures and a section devoted to Companion PLanting in co-ordination with Lunar Cycles. O/H will just have to man our Stand whilst I walk around and listen in!

Look after those knees - I bit on something over the w/e and bust a tooth -Hurts!

Cats full of joy on our return-5 voles and a fieldmouse have been delivered on the terrace as presents.

Bought some white onion sets that I pull as Spring Onions - Hope to get them in.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/02/2018 at 15:30

Never heard of Blood Orange & Chili Marmelade, sounds great but gory!! What do you eat it with?

Lovely sunny afternoon. Don't think much of being jammed in kitchen but have made lots of chocolate cakes and cookies for Jo Public this w/e as it is half term and of course St Valentine w/e hops, so the Parisians will be out!.

It's no good will have to go outside -even if it's only a potter with a cup of tea. Have a good w/e.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/02/2018 at 08:45

Hi Everyone

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.

Happy Gardening!

Last edited: 16 February 2018 08:47:22

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 16:51

Hi Everyone

Well we recorded Wonders of The Moon too, and I have just watched it. It was Ok but I agree nothing that none of us didn't know really. I have to say that I prefer a good solid Harvest Moon -That can be stunning. No-one mentioned gardening or farming which was a shame. Maybe too far fetched for some, although direct linking water tables with tides would have been useful info.

Anyway here is the Lunar Calender 3-12th February 2018.

3-6th Feb (That seems a long time!) Root days with Moon descending in Virgo.Plant shallots in non manured ground in ridges if it is still wet and cover with fleece not only for warmth but to stop birds pulling tips out.Thin out turnips if you sowed them 1st January.

7/8th Feb - Flower Days with Moon in Libra. Divide snowdrops in the green and plant Anemones de Caen and ranunculus corms. If you have no snow or frost remove soil from artichokes and seperate larger roots. Plant these in new patch, earth up old plants again and fleece new stock.

9/10th Feb - Leaf Days with Moon in Scorpio - Prick out Lettuce and Cabbage sown 22-25th January, protecting bases from slugs with collars. Prune Box hedging.

11/12/13th Feb - Fruit Days -No Gardening after 9.10am on 11th as Moon apogee (Furthest point from Earth) Sow tomatoes under heat in greenhouse or over radiator indoors Sow aubergines/peppers and chillies under glass. Temps for all 18-20c.

Well that's a start. With lighter evening coming and mornings slowly drawing out -Spring seems to be on the way.

Keep warm and Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 11:18

Like the Diary - French ones are laid out really well but you do need a good dictionary! Designs are great though. Are you going to look at Supermoon programme tonight? Wonder if they will cover gardening? Certainly tidal patterns will be interesting if it comes up.

Weather for February not too good I'm afraid. Apparently it is going to be very cold for the Season with the 10-25th particularly susceptible to ice and hard frosts. Lots of irregularities in world climate forecast from the 12th. Look out for freezing fog on the 17th and snow 20-21st Tendency towards wet and cold weather as from 26th with snow at higher levels. -Oh Joy! Definately going to ask O/H to put up greenhouse.

No idea which cornus has grown here -just loads of it!!! Great joy yesterday when I saw Primevera resurrecting themselves in Bog Garden -Please please no more rain!! -Big plans afoot to turn this area into proper pond. O/H not amused as next to Fixed new Brick BBQ -Think he may fear falling in after a drop of vino next Summer!

Speak tomorrow with 1st week Feb Lunar Diary.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/01/2018 at 12:13

Watch out for Cornus as we have loads of it, it has spread out as opposed to up by a good metre twice since last April. Have been told to cut it back hard. But it is really pretty and a great background for Jackmanni Clematis.

Have a good w/e

When does a Bog Garden become a Pond?

Posted: 26/01/2018 at 11:49

Yes I have noticed alot of forget me nots in this patch. Gunnera lovs it and growing well. What is Purple Loosestrifes Nursery Name so I can look out for it at the Garden Fairs? Have Flag Iris already as they grow everywhere here. Have started an Iris border along drive on dry side so one can view both all year round as bog garden opposite. Aquelegia is now sprouting in bog garden -should I leave it or move it to somewhere dryer. Lost alchemilla Mollis plus Candleabra Primulas. which was a shame.Just thought it was a shady damp patch initially. Typha Minima sounds really good as I want some height. Hydrangea fine until it got really wet, so have pulled its pot to one side, and will place it back in Summer.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 15:25

Oh Obelixx I 'm so pleased for you -You were so disheartened after the hard work moving house to start with. is that your pond in photo? Have you got plant ideas for the edges? -I need ideas for marginal planting. GWRS happy decorating.! Stay warm.

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