Posted: 12/07/2014 at 15:52
Just a quick re-cap for those of you who may not have read initial thread. There are many perturbations of the moon during the lunar month which affect the growing cycle of roots/leaves/flowers and fruit. The 2 main ones are called Perigee and apogee here in France. The former is when the moon is nearest the earth and the latter is when it is furthest away. Both positions in the solar system give the moon neutral strength, consequently the eco-system within the garden stands still. Nothing is therefore gained by sowings or planting out during this time. In addition there is what is called a Lunar Knot which happens twice a month when the moon crosses the sun's path, normally the weather is more turbulant at this time as if you wish to put it the Chinese way the Ying and Yang in the garden is out of kilter. In everyday terms, it is not unusual for storms/wind/rain, chills or intense heat. Our sixth sense tends to tell us when not to garden, but it is uncanny how many times this feeling is tied in with the same period of 'knotting' of the moon.
So there is the 'potted lecture' of the week, and here is the Lunar Calender for 9-20th July
9/10th July Leaf Days Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbage from sowings 22-25th May. Thin out salad crops.
11/12th July Fruit Days. Graft Apples/Pears and Plums. Sow Courgettes again in rich compost (I sow direct into the compost heap) for a catch crop in September.
13th July Moon Perigee (Closest to earth) Do not garden before 2.30pm Then including 14th July Sow turnips and carrots for winter harvest.
15/16th July Flower Days. Sow pansies and perrenials in nursery bed. Sow lupins where you wish them to flower.
17/18/19th July Sow Salad crops and in particular Lamb's Lettuce in patches previously used for peas/broad beans as it benefits from free nitrogen. Knotted moon descending after 5.20pm on 18th so don't garden then.
20th July Fruit Day Sow French and Runner Beans again. If your region is chilly in Autumn choose early ripening varieties.
So there we are - we're well into the growing season now, and I hope a pattern is beginning to emerge for you all. I still run a small standard (no moon) gardening plot, and I am still really interested in the differences between the growing rates of plants - Moon wins hands down all the time. My third year next year will certainly make me decide whetehr or not it is worth switching to full 'lunar gardening' which is even more complex working with the constellations in addition to the moon on its own.
As ever let me know how you are all getting on.Happy Gardening.