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Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:35

Just finished wading through my Mother's gardening notes that she made in the late 60's/70's when she belonged to a Biodynamic Steiner Group in Sussex - comparing her comments with the French and British Calenders & Guides - It all seems to gel. Just getting my brain into gear to set it down here!

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:29

I thought it was Foxgloves because they give off a smidgeon (as micro micro scopic) of digitalis raising pulse rate - Victorians deemed it not only Bad Luck but believed they bought death into a house - Sorry to be so cheerful! Just in passing learnt this morning that if you plant thyme (say in a square bed) around lettuces it deters slugs.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 16:48

First daffodil out this week! First Iris out last week! Snow forecast for next week so both have made bad mistakes!

Anyway here is Lunar Calender up to 15th Feb finishing this year. If you would like me to continue please let me know, as I was going to add extra info from 1st Feb for those interested in Bio Dynamic Gardening under Bio Dynamic Thread.

30th Jan - 15th Feb 2015

30th Jan - Root Day Sow Radish and carrots under cover, mixing the seed together. When you crop the radishes in a month's time, you will have left space for carrots to grow on. Sow turnips under cover.

31st Jan 1st Feb - Flower Days Prepare plot for Artichokes. If no frost plant out climbing shrubs like wisteria and honeysuckle.

2/3 Feb - Leaf Days If soil is not frozen, Plant hedging shrubs either bare root or container grown

4/5/6 Feb - Fruit Days (No gardening on 6th before 11.30am) Prune fruit and take cuttings from currants, popping spurs direct into vacant ground. Sweep moss and lichen off fruit tree trunks and then treat with Bordeaux Mixture.

7/8/9/10 Feb - Root Days (No gardening on 8th after 12.05pm) In all regions on non manured soil sow shallots with points showing abive ground but do not water in. - These should be ready for harvesting in July. Plant Rose Garlic. Thin turnips sowed between 1-4th January.

11/12 Feb - Flower Days After hard frost take off covering from artichokes to allow air to circulate and freshen tops (Cover again at night) Divide snowdrops in the green. Plant Anemones de Caen and renonculus. Prick out begonias sown 22-23rd January

13/14 Feb - Leaf Days Prune Box hedges. Cut Hazel for pea and bean sticks.Prick out lettuce and cabbage sown 24-26th January

15/16th Feb - Fruit Days In heated greenhouse 18-20degrees - sow tomatoes/aubergines/chillis and peppers.

Happy Gardening


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:29

Ah - I thought it was strange as when I check my 'posts' comments are there but no email notification. I would love to answer threads sooner and I do look at my emails every day after I have finished in the office just to unwind. Please contact me!!!!

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:22

How about running a thread on whether any sayings or tips and wrinkles that seem really strange  work. We all know 'Red Sky at Night Shepherd's Delight etc' is normally accurate. Also gardening tips could be here based on companion planting. I know I go on about the French methods but they do have some interesting ideas like letting tomatos climb round runner beans - Brilliant crops from both every year and saves so much space.

Can't find any threads on the Forums relating to tips and wrinkles - Let's start one.

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:11

Just felt that I had to write and say that I picked up my Lunar Calender 2015 today and there is a brilliant article on Bio dynamic Gardening methods, which makes the whole thing so easy and down to earth. Not weird at all and incredibly likely to succeed. If anyone is interested I can explain the basic principals. Definately giving it a go now as ties in beautifully with Lunar Gardening.

Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:05

I don't touch the leathery bottom leaves, but the smaller one's make great stir fries. Picked my first sproting broccoli today - Never been this early, normally March. Perhaps I have done something right for once!

Regular contributers.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:02

Oh dear - If we can't compare notes where would we be?? Living abroad I find the Forum a joy to mix with like minded folks. I hate computers, but have to admit to loving using this link to Gardeners everywhere.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:59

Just picked some spring onions and celery from the Potager - Still can't believe we are still eating salads. beetroot finished now apart from odd feeble leaf. Otherwise just admired spring growth. Hope it's dry tomorrow, weeds everywhere!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:55

Hi, Just had quick stomp round garden after hard frost this morning turning as usual this week to pouring rain. Picked first broccoli, noted penstemons still flowering and bulbs appearing everywhere. Still munching our way through outdoor spring onions and celery in potager. Joy of joys picked up 2015 Lunar Calender this morning and they have added a section explaining bio dynamic gardening cycles in suc detail that I am throwing caution aside and giving it a go. If any of you would like to know more about this, I can continue under the biodynamic gardening thread on the Forum and/or explain more here for Lunar followers.Getting my head around exact details which are basically quite simple (I think!!??) tomorrow.

Herewith Lunar Calender 17th - 27th January.

17th Jan - Leaf Day Prepare Asparagus Bed very 80cm make trenches 40cm wide and 25cm deep.

18/19/20th Jan - Fruit Days Place newspaper on bottom of plastic cases used normally to carry flower pots  to add insulation and sow aubergines/chillies and peppers. Water lightly and cover with glass lid if possible as opposed to plastic (Glass warms up better early in the season and allows maximum light through) Turn lids over every day to avoid condensation.

21 Jan - Root Day No gardening after 4pm but in cold frame or under cloches before this hour sow leeks in lines 15cm apart for harvesting June/July.

22/23 Jan - Flower Days Lining flower pot plastic boxes again with newspaper sow begonia semperflorens/geraniums and marigolds. Do not cover the begonia seeds but keep them damp. Under heat sow cauliflowers.

24/25/26 Jan - Leaf Days Do not garden before 4.25pm on 25th otherwise under heat sow lettuce and summer cabbage. All these can be put in cucumber frame once they have formed 2/3 leaves to plant out at the beginning of April for harvesting June/July. Cover Spinach/Winter Lettuce and Lambs Lettuce with fleece to protect against cold.

Go out and buy round as opposed to wrinkled peas NOW as on 27th in all regions sowing peas outside is recommended. Just forewarning you.

Don't forget to let me know if you would like me to explain the bio dynamic Calender details to start as from 1st Feb.

Happy Gardening


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