Posted: 06/01/2016 at 13:57
Right I'm back!! AND with a vengeance - Just so, so excited having read lots and lots of different books and articles over the Xmas Period -Great with just two of us, we just pull the shutters down for nearly a fortnight and catch up on lots of reading interspersed with mugs of Vin Chaud and good food.
So - First and foremost Happy New Year and Happy Gardening 2016 to all Moonbeams! (Think that is an apt name for us) Here is the Lunar Gardening Calender for 6th January - 28th January 2016, which will be interspersed with sessions on understanding Biodynamics/Weather/Constellations/Planets -and NEW Tidal Effects and how the Chinese work all these factors into their gardening/medecine etc (probably another Thread on the latter!)
First I know that you have been waiting with baited breath re Weather, and I do need to do some explaining about how Biodynamic gardeners establish these predictions (It is quite long winded so just for this message I shall stick to January and general 2016 Weather Calender Predictions)
The first 3 weeks of January see more rain and gales, turning colder from the 8th with a tendancy towards snow 13/14th. In the last 10 days of the month getting colder with gales, but temperatures rising again after 27/28th - So if you haven't already fleeced Plants/Shrubs/Trees, now is the time to do it during the few calm moments in the days to come. If like me, you have been having a constant argument with flyaway fleeces, and my polytunnel roof - Call on the 'man or woman that does' in the household, and use brute force and lots of Rope (Tights work well as they give to the sway of the tree/shrub - my young eucalyptus looks very dashing!) With a cold start to Feb with warmer days 4-10th, watch out for snow and plunging temperatures after the 18th (Lucky this is a short month! - That's as far as I am going but a sneaky look at the end of the year shows me end Nov and most of Dec wintery conditions and Snow - We shall see.)
Now:- 6/7th January - Moon descending Leaf Days Prepare the asparagus bed by adding lots of manure and compost to surface - Or if a new bed dig a trench no less than 1ft (30cms) deep and fill with fine compost. If you have no frost yet, continue to prune trees but paint fungicide over cut surfaces to protect from extreme weather conditiond and bugs etc (Or spray with Bordeaux Mixture).
8/9/10th January - Moon ascending from 6.55pm on 8th so changing from Leaf to Fruit Days. - If no frost, take cuttings from fruit bushes and push down into spare ground to take root in late Spring (Preferably against a North Wall -Does anyone know why?? - French Gardeners say it is to stop cuttings budding up so exhausting potential root growth) Cut existing cuttings taken last year down to 30cms, to encourage better root formation for transplanting to Fruit Beds in late Spring.
11/12th January - New Moon and Root Days, so sow radishes and short carrots in cucumber frame if temperature no lower than 10degrees. Mix the seeds together and harvest the radishes first leaving carrots room to grow. Also confuses carrot fly, as radish roots give off a bitter aroma when pulled.
13th January - Flower Days. Sow cauliflowers on hot bed or in heated propogater 15-18degrees. keep them warm when thinning out in February and plant out under a Tunnel in April for harvest May/July.
14th January - No gardening after 10.40am - This is when the Moon is changing from the New to Full Moon on an ascending cycle and is situated BETWEEN the Earth and the Sun, so the New Moon cannot be seen. And is why on a clear night we sometimes say ' but I can't see the Moon'
15th January - No gardening before 7.20am (Still dark here!) as Moon is 'perigee' - at its closest point to the Earth on its ecliptic path. When you can see it - it looks larger . In most cases it is