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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:56

Flu now turned into an F1 Hybrid as added French tummy bug!! Anyway this wonderful summery spell has cheered me up no end and I see that the BioD weather report for April is unseasonally warm 2-6th April, on the 7th it will become changeable with vast variants from hot to cold followed by a North Wind. Towards the 11th it will get colder again particularly hard frosts forecast followed by a period of light winds. After the 18th I'm afraid that temperatures are going to fall again and rain returns. Make a point of sowing salad crops between 24-26th April as high temperature forcast for May do not bode well for sowings in early May. Watch out for an Orange coloured Moon from 7th April (Lune Rousse) this nearly always means hard frosts, so keep all crops fleeced up regardless of temptation.

There are 3 Water Trines in April backing up the prospects of heavy rain from 18th of the month. As there are 6 Warmth Trines in May, make sure those water butts are filled in April with dry dry conditions forecast into June.

Storm Katie blew up my Internet Router, so new one has just arrived. Just in case this gives out the wrong side of the w/e, here is the Lunar Calender for 1st-12th April.

1st April Moon ascending in Sagittarius Fruit Day - Sow wrinkled peas/cucumbers/courgettes and squash.

2/3rd April Moon ascending in Capricorn. Root Days - Sow celeriac/beetroot/carrots/parsnips and turnips plus swede in nursery bed.

4/5th April Flower Days Sow 1st Annuals. On 5th No gardening after 1.20pm.

6/7/8th April Moon in Pisces (Watch out for Lune Rousse - frost) Leaf Days Sow leeks/celery and fennel. Renew sowings of salad crops.

9th April Fruit Day Sow courgettes/cucumbers/squash/melons under cover.

10/11/12th April Moon in Taurus Root Days. Sow salsify and Scorzonera/parsnips and parsley root. Make more sowings of beetroot/turnips/swedes/radish and carrots.

Happy Gardening!



Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:52

I'm back! Nursing a flu bug picked up from the Brits! All seedlings survived the week away except the water melons which had keeled over - May try them again. Could not find Yellow courgette seed in UK (Did not get chance to go to garden centre) Otherwise mission accomplished - New Bamboo Canes (Not available here) Crumpets/Hot Cross Buns and Bacon - Joy!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:34

Thank you for cheering me up - very grateful - Hate leaving garden any time of the year - Still Hot X Buns beckon - Do miss not having them here!!

Thanks for info re asparagus - Mine are already established (4yrs old) should have a good crop this year weather willing.

Happy Gardening All.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 13:32

Really upset weather brilliant and I'm going to be in the wrong country (UK)!!

Still popping seedlings on Utility Room windowsill as house has to be shuttered up to maintain Insurance which means all dark! (I call it an invitation to burglars but laws are laws) Daren't put them in greenhouse, just too cold.

So here is Lunar Calender 16 -26th March. Just a tip from BIODY - Calender if you want to avoid onions or shallots bolting this year put the sets in 24/25th March 'Root Days' and plant asparagus 18/19th 'leaf days' or 24/25th March 'Root Days' (Sorry no explanation why - Does anyone else know??)

16/17 March Moon descending in Gemini so Flower Days . Prune buddlea and Perovskia plus other summer flowering shrubs that are overgrown. Take cuttings of Chrysanthemums and Fuchsias.Prick out Geraniums sown 9/10th Feb.

18/19th March Moon in Cancer so Water Days 'Leaf' Plant and divide herbs and Rhubarb. Prune cotoneasters. Thin out lettuce/spinach and other salad crops sown 11-13th Feb. Put down Ferramol or other slug deterrant to trap slugs rising up to meet Cosmic Force of Spring Equinox - They will start munching everything from now onwards!

20/21/22 March Spring Equinox on 20th Jupiter and Moon unite in Leo - Much much warmer. Fruit Days Plant out strawberry plants and other container grown small fruit. Pot on aubergines/Chillies and peppers sown 5/6 Feb and tomatoes sown 14th Feb Aaaah - I shan't be here!!!! Hoping I might get away with it on 23rd but I see no gardening before 5pm as Lunar Eclipse. Will change ferry!!

23/24/25th March Root Days Moon in Virgo Earth Days so plant potatoes (Interesting as tradition always says Easter) Start earthing up when they are just 25cms - before this can weaken new root system - it must be allowed to strengthen a little longer. Plant out leeks sown 19-21st January. On 25th No gardening after 9.10am Moon at furthest point from earth so less cosmic influence. Storms predicted Good Friday in Northern hemisphere. Hope not - want to crack on to make up for week away!

Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 16:33

Great excitement today - Got on to Veg plot without sinking in! Sowed Rondo and Petit Provence Peas. The Sutton Broad Beans, plus popped some white onion sets (Silver Moon) in a spare patch which I pull as spring onions. Such a joy to get going at last. Don't want to be in UK next week - want to be in the garden!! - Great to know about other websites. Always good to compare, you get a more rounded picture.

Watch out for Lunar Calender on Monday before I jump on the ferry.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 15:06

Glad no gardening today and tomorrow as indicated on Lunar Calender. Howling gale - Just rescued 2 seed trays trying to leave home over hedge! Peas are up HURRAY!!

Will do Lunar Calender from 15th for a fortnight before I go to UK. Can't type on I-pads or phones. Have not got Xray eyes for small keyboards!! Need my big ABC computer at home.

why so expensive?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 15:02

That's not how it showed up on my last 2 years Invoices - I always got the most expensive choice, provided I placed it right on my Order cheaper or free. - What's a goth??? - Have just sown Glacier cherry tomatoes - delighted with them last year. Sweeter than Sungold and just as prolific.

Grow bags, where are they?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 14:58

Wish they would look at content  (ie peat) but I am afraid to say that cheap and cheerful wins the day for the manufacturers, and very few seem to be eco minded. Whilst Jo Public only want to pay £1 there will always be inferior products.

Grow bags, where are they?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:20

I think Growbags have got thinner as opposed to smaller!! Not organic so I don't use them. Prefer to buy Bio Compost in 40/50litre bags and grow direct in them. They last much longer because deeper and richer mix. Good to scatter on plot after use too whereas in the dim distant past when I did try Growbags they were so dusty and had no nutrition left at all when I had finished growing toms in them.

why so expensive?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:16

Sungold getting much cheaper now as quite an old type - New varieties F1s always pricey initially. I try to get the most expensive free by making it the 4th/5th choice with T & M when 4/5th choice £1 or free.

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