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Broom

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 13:33

Great news - Thank you, will get out the GIANT pruners, my white broom The Bride were stunning again this year, but I really don't want 10million babies!!

Broom

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:13

When is the best time to prune broom and how hard do I prune it. Seed heads forming now and bushes a good 2 metres wide (1 metre high) and only 2yrs old. Did not touch them last year but now they are taking over despite being stunning when in flower.

Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:11

I have just bought 2 insect eating plants to munch up the flies in the kitchen. They are thriving, and no flies around at last. But - one is too big for its pot. What sort of soil do I use to transplant it. I thought aquatic soil because the plants rest in water all the time, but not sure. All advice welcome.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:52

Lunar Calender 10th - 17th June 2014

10/11th June Flower Days Thin sowing of cauliflowers and broccoli.

12/13th June Leaf Days Blanche Chicory Thin lettuces and mixed salad seedlings. Prick out Brussel Sprouts and Autumn Cabbages

14th June Fruit Day After 11.59am (OK Midday!) Sow French and Runner Beans and pop in some Nasturtioms at the end of the rows to attract blackfly. Sow 4/5 grains of sweetcorn in pockets at 1ft intervals.

15th June No gardening before 9.30am otherwise as per 14th.

16/17th June Root Days Sow Chicory and more carrots.

Anyone compared methods yet between traditional and Moon gardening?

Happy Gardening.

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:26

Lunar Calender 29 May-9th June (Away at Les Andeleys Spring Fair this w/e Superb Chateau on borders of the Seine. Look it up on the internet - Superb!

29/30th May Sow carrots and Winter Radish in alternate rows. the radish will be sweeter mixed with the carrots.

31st Take cuttings from Deutzia/potentilla and other spring shrubs.

1st June Flower Day Plant out petunias sown 1st March Divide Narcissi/tulips

2nd June Thin out leeks. Plant celery and Fennel. 3rd June same as 2nd but do not garden before 10.25am

4/5/6 June Root Days After the natural early fruit fall thin out apples and pears to encourage strongest fruit to grow on. Trim away leaves from tomatoes/cucumbers and courgettes to encourage fruit to form and to allow light to get in.

7/8/9 June Lift leeks sown 3/5th April trim tops and root and replant in alternate rows with carrots (Makes them stronger (the leeks) apparently. Thin out all root seedlings. Plant out  Celeriac sown 6/9th March Thin out Parsnips sown 1/3rd May on 9th June do not garden before 11.40am.

Happy Gardening

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 10:30

Great to have some feedback! I too was very sceptic initially, particularly as I had a hippy mother who was keen on all sorts of crazy things - So I sort of tried to ignore it during the teenage strop faze. I only came back round here in Normandy when I visited friends and neighbours plots. The lunar following is colossal here, with quite alot of scientific backup. Hey Ho - Bean & Mange touts sowing today having been good and done no sowing yesterday despite temptation. Weeded/pruned /trimmed hedges and walked around plot instead.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:23

I have never tried them so will let you know. I have just planted them out and shall await results. Nobody seems very posiive to date - but I like a challenge.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:18

At last I seem to have got on top of my own Calender!! All very well for me to type what we should all be doing, but quite another thing to get it done! Farmer's Markets start at 6am and shortly we shall have evening one's as well! That leaves me (like many of you I realise) with lunch hours (Well we do get 2hrs in France!) and Mondays which we take as our Sunday. So - All plants doing well, and yes I did get the broccoli planted out according to Calender and am staggered that flower seedlings that T & M said would take 10 days to a fortnight are up within the week!

So here is the Lunar Calender for 20th-27th May as I am away at Farmer's Market in Calvados next w/e.

20th May Root Day Keep cucumber frames open even at night now and sow beetroot and chicory outside now. Sow Winter leeks in frames.

21/22 May Flower Days In nursery beds sow cauliflower and broccoli . Sow annuals where they are to flower like alyssum/poppies/godetias.

23/24 May The moon is now in the constellation of Pisces and this is the time to sow all types of lettuce inc, batavia/rocket and mesclun. Sow cardoons where they are to crop and sow brussel sprouts and winter cabbage in a nursery bed.

25th May Same as yesterday but no gardening after 1.55pm as the moon is starting to descend from maximum height and will prove ineffective in its powers when it is on the turn (noeud)

26th May Fruit Day Renew sowings of courgettes/cucumbers and gherkins.

Now I'm off to transplant 32 tomatoes (They all came up!!! and I hate waste)

Do let me know how you are all getting on.

Happy Gardening

 

Peach leaf Curl

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Thanks Verdun for sound advice, certainly can't say we haven't had any rain!! One thing that I have learnt out here is that the red vine peaches never get peach leaf curl. I was given one by a neighbour and it has moved house twice. Absolutely superb with no problems, a happy little tree and happily well away from the other one. These deep wine red peaches ripen much later than others and end up nice and sweet, they are primarily used out here to make jam. I think that you can get them in the UK now.

Peach leaf Curl

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:35

Totally demoralised - I have tried all the natural and chemical plus alternative treatments known to man, and I've still got peach leaf curl this year! However I have many peaches that seem to have set successfully. Should I just keep my fingers crossed or should I spray the tree with yet another product? Actually I am beginning to think that perhaps I should not do anything at all next year as if you think about it, in the wild peaches thrive with no leaf curl and plenty of fruit. Any brain waves??

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Broom

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