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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:45

Hi - Don't like this new format at all. Thought it was a 'scam' when it came up just now.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:50

So here is Lunar Calender from 3 - 19th May.

3/4/5th May - Leaf Days Moon Ascending in Gemini and Uranus. Sow salad crops outside, in sheltered shady spot to avoid leaf burn and wilt when warmer days arrive. Sow Brussel Sprouts in Nursery bed and keep ground moist to aid early sprouting.

6/7th May - Fruit Days. On 6th No gardening before 10.20am the Moon nearest to Earth so forces too strong for plants to bear. Sow courgettes/cucumbers outside allowing 1metre in preference between plants (This seems alot??)

8/9th May - Moon in Taurus - Root Days Sow winter carrots and summer radish. Sow more beetroot and parsnips.

10/11th May - Moon descending in Gemini - Flower Days. Plant out all flowers sown 10th February as risk of frost nearly over now (Tradition here says the 13th is the last danger period for a visit from the Saints de Glace (Frost Saints). Plant out Summer bulbs and cauliflowers plus broccoli sown 8th March.

12/13th May - Moon in Cancer - Leaf Days. Thin out leeks sown 6-8 April and prick them out 10cms apart in nursery beds together with celery and fennel (bulb fennel) as they work well together. (Celery and Bulb fennel give out smell that deflects onion fly from target crop)

Evening of 13th then 14/15th May - Fruit Days Moon in Leo. Plant out aubergines/peppers/chillies and tomatoes sown 3/5th March and courgettes plus cucumbers sown 9th April (Not sure mine will be big enough plus staying in greenhouse anyway - How are yours getting on?) - Place nettle leaves in bottom of tomato holes plus a little comfrey - the nettles will provide short term nourishment and the comfrey will kick in later to add extra when the fruit form.Keep well watered. 15th No gardeing after 4.30pm Moon in the middle of ecliptique cycle (noeud)harmful to plants. Note to grow Comfrey well it must be moist at all times.

16/17/18/19th May - Moon descending in Scorpio - Root Days. Thin out parsnips sown 10-12th April. Plant out leeks sown 13-16th March - Trim the roots and tops, then lay them out on soil for 2 days before re-planting to eliminate leek moth larva. Alternate rows with carrots sow that the smell from the leeks halts carrot fly. Thin out beetroot sown 29-30th April. Prick out celeriac sown 2-3 april. 19th no gardening before 2.15pm Moon at furthest point from Earth so forces too weak.

So lots to do in the first half of this month. Good luck and Happy Gardening! Keep the comments coming - we need to compare notes!

Oh - Just in passing my celery sown last year and overwintered outside is fantastic now - Loads of leaves and hearting up. Should I let it self seed to provide green manure this autumn?? - Never grown it before - Does it normally take this long to mature?




Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:13

Well, even I did not think that snow/hail/ice and other horrors would arrive from the Arctic. Weather prediction nearly right I suppose because I see that I did say North wind and lots of rain (Just frozen rain!!) - At the Garden Fair south of Rouen last w/e several nurseries lost their geraniums to frost on Saturday night, and it was a bitter w/e. I hesitate to predict May but here goes based on BioD Calender: We shall have 6 warm trines in May which means a hike in temperatures particularly from 3rd-13th Jupiter in Leo and Pluto in Sagittarius bring lots of warmth cooling slightly on 14th when the Sun enters Taurus from Aries. Watch out around 21/22nd as storms predicted with colder temperatures again continueing until the 28th when alot of rain is predicted until end of month with possible snow in the North (Scotland??).  Smallholders note that Hay should be cut at Flower Times to guarantee extra nourishment in stems. Best transplanting dates are 9th - 24th May. If you raise your own seed potatoes transplant them from 6th - 7th. Mars Jupiter and Saturn can be clearly seen evry night this month. Make sure that you prepare your Nettle Brew to aid healthy growth. I've already filled a dustbin with a mix of nettles and comfrey after frantic weeding on return from Garden Fair yesterday! Went to get rain water from barrel, and horror of horrors found that I had forgotten to turn gutter tap to 'on' after Winter, so nearly empty - and I told you all to make sure your barrels were full as a relatively dry month ahead!!

I see the farmers have earthed up their peas and beans - I haven't because I have not got alot of space to do so between rows as did not know about it. To avoid wind rock I see this makes sense but as I grow The Sutton Broad Beans which are short anyway and dwarf peas, I think I should be OK. Apparently you earth up Leeks as well to create long white shanks - Has anyone done this?? Lots of currants and gooseberries coming. Frosted peach blossom so no high hopes there. Oh - On French news the Rhone Valley has lost alot of Buds on the vines to frost so less wine likely from here/Burgundy and Champagne areas - price hike indicated for next year - Just thought any wine lovers would like to be fore warned!


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 14:42

Sorry I no longer think that this 'thread' is worthy of comment or contribution. Bye.

Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 15:25

Done - saying that they don't have enough gardening programmes avoiding 'makeovers'

Gooseberry Sawfly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 11:48

When should they be here??? Did not spot them at all last year until it was too late!

Gooseberry Sawfly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 10:17

When should I start spraying to prevent sawfly on my now fully leafed gooseberries? Mats around bushes worked well last year as recommended on previous Post, but some of the little devils still decimated some bushes.


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:26

I'd hang on until the next spring like spell. - Only a few days and it will be worth it. Also plant lots of herbs between veg rows or in between summer bulbs - in particular thyme/lemon balm and dwarf rosemary - S & S really do not like the smell especially if you scatter rubbed herbs along rows too, I find eggshells don't work once they are wet and pappy - Only in hot summer weather and this of course in when S & S search out damper areas anyway. - Short of all this invest in 2 ducks - They love slugs and snails plus mice & voles - unlike hens they will not scratch up veg and flower beds.



Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:31

We always eat snails (escargots) as a Starter on Christmas Day (Some prefer oysters - but that's Christmas Eve for us) - They are truly yummy to anyone who like mushrooms. Yes you can eat Garden Snails but it is a great cafuffle, and as we like 12 each - it would be really a waste of time. There are many award winning snail farmers in Normandy - My particular favourite is a snail tucked into a vol au vont topped with rocquefort - It is truly amazing.


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:58

Try sowing forget me nots everywhere and let them self seed - This is the second year that I have found no slugs or snails anywhere near these!! Are we missing something! Went to Potager this morning slugs and snails everywhere but nowhere near self sown FMN's. - Re Gardening Roses (for watering cans!) - Where can I find them??

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