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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:49

Lunar Calender 1-8th February 2014 (Moon rising)

1st Feb:- In greenhouse 20-22C sow begonias semperflorens & geraniums. Do not cover the begonia seeds Sow cauliflowers.

2-4th Feb:- Sow under heat white cabbage.(Calender says you should be able to plant these out 9th April for cropping in June/July) In Cucumber Frame sow early lettuce and batavia.

5th Feb:- No gardening between 7.40am-5.45pm (descending noeud lunaire)

6th Feb:- In all regions sow round as opposed to wrinkled peas and mangetouts. In mild regions sow Broad Beans.

7-8th Feb:- Outside -Sow Red & Yellow Onions 1-2cms deep.You should be able to harvest these July-Sept.



Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:49

My first 'new' snowdrops out today!! Planted them 'in the green' under my apple trees after flowering last year. Seem really happy.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:47

Great to have you behind me on this one! Yes, most French Gardeners are Bio/and Lunar followers, in particular Bio-dynamic gardening uses the constellations and this is being introduced on the Radio and TV this year.

Anyway, back to the Moon's track across the sky and when you DON'T garden.

When the moon is at it's highest point and furthest away from the earth it is called 'apogee' - When it is at it's nearest point it is called 'perigee' - In both instances it is deemed harmful to plants and seedlings grow weakly and are prone to sickness. The primary cause is because if you imagine 'high and low tides' which we know are caused by the gravitational force of the moon/earth - At the highest and lowest position of the moon, it is effectively ineffective - neither pulling or pushing growth.

So these 2 points are known as 'noeuds lunaires' or knotted moons. ie. Fixed and doing nothing.Thus it makes sense to do nothing but basic maintenance on these days as indicated in the Calender.

Each Constellation favours Roots/leafy veg & herbs/Flowering veg/Seeds & fruits, and as the moon passes through the Constellations, strengths and weaknesses are denoted in growth

As the moon rises and passes through Capricorn & Taurus, and a descends through Virgo it covers Root Vegetables such as: Garlic/Beetroot/Carrots/Celeriac/Shallots/Turnips/Onions/Leeks/Potatoes & Radishes.

As the moon rises through Pisces and descends through Cancer & Scorpio it affects leafy vegetables such as: Asparagus/Cabbage/Spinach/Lettuce/Leeks/Chard/Rhubarb and aromatic herbs.

As the moon rises through Aquarius and descends through Libra & Gemini it has a favourable action on Flower-Vegetables such as: Artichokes/Broccoli & Caulifowers.

As the moon rises through Aries & Sagittarius and descends through Leo it favours the maturity of seeds and fruit such as: Aubergines/Cucumbers/Courgettes/Beans/Peas/Melons & Tomatoes.

This makes perfect sense to me as the higher it goes in simplistic wording - the more it pulls plants upwards, and the lower it goes it forces roots down. Following the course through the constellations would indicate it's strengths and weaknesses through each constellation on the relevant veg family.

Hope you are following this so far, because then you can begin to understand how the Calender works.

Any Questions?

Calender to follow in next couple of hours - Plus some answers to questions (I hope!)



Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 16:39

The moon's Course in relation to Vegetable Gardening

The moon is deemed as 'ascending for the first thirteen and a half days of the month (During the period of New to Full Moon) crossing between the constellations of Sagittarius and Taurus. During this period the sap rises in the plants and it is the time to sow and gather all vegetables except roots (eg: Parsnips/Carrots)

The moon is deemed to 'redescend' towards the horizon during the following thirteen and a half days of the month between the constellations of Taurus and Scorpio. During this time, prepare to enrich the soil, prepare new beds, weed, prick and plant out seedlings. Divide herbs and pinch out tips on fruiting plants like tomatoes/aubergines and courgettes or pumpkins in particular.

Tomorrow I'll cover the plants associated with the different constellations and give you your first week's calender. Any questions so far??

Best Roses

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:09

Thanks so much Bilje, you have just got me to re-vamp the Border Plan - Hadn't thought of 2 heights etc. Now to hit the Websites recommended!!

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:06

Right - I'll give it a go and report back!! Thanks to all for advice.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:01

Getting back to the Moon!!---No you don't do it at night - That's for Druids I think!

I had great results last year and I did run a patch alongside and garden normally. Found I got more crops plus things actually came up as predicted even though it was really hard to resist gardening on a non gardening day - which you must do. Plus you must not use chemicals . I did follow my heart on the non moon patch and I have to say things did not work out as well despite being an Organic Gardener. So - I'll put together a short piece on how the Moon is supposed to work and set up the Diary with tips and wrinkles according to my 'Moon' mag each week. By the way - it doesn't matter where you live, hot, cold, wet or dry - I'm in Normandy bang opposite Jersey, but still get vicious winds and cold in Winter on the diagonal North east.  By the way the Moon Guide covers pruning/flowers and fruit not just veg - So any Doubting Thomas's out there - why not give it a go?

Best Roses

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 15:56

Thanks for all the feedback - I am really grateful to you all.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 15:53

Wish I hadn't started this topic now!!! Think I shall try them in pots - worst scenarion I can use the compost!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 15:47

Just picked up my Lunar Calender for 2014 this morning. Is anyone interested in taking up the challenge to try this method of gardening with me this year instead of or beside standard methods as an experiment? As previously posted, last year was my first year and I was really sceptic but it worked.

I can 'post up' what we are suppposed to do each day for the week  starting 1st Feb and it would be great to compare notes. It doesn't matter where you live, the rules still apply. It would be good too, if Gardener's World had an article each month on the subject.

Any takers to form a group of some sort on the Forum?


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