Latest posts by biofreak

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:21

Yes. But they can get a bit straggly, so prune them hard and fleece them well. Also, it's quite nice to bring in new stock to ring the changes. I find that they root anywhere anytime, especially in our gravel carpark - Am I just lucky?

pancake day

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:17

Anyone got a full proof recipe - Husband refuses to eat mine, and even the dog says 'no'! - My problem is sticking to the pan. Omelletes turn out brilliantly, and Yorkshire Pud but Pancakes - catastrophe!!!

Garden Mint

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:15

Split the plant up now and cut the roots back, then replant in a number of seperate pots. At this time of year the shock will cause a spurt of growth and hey presto Minted Potatoes and Pimms in 3 weeks!!! Works well for me.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:05

Bought white onion sets 'Silver Moon' yesterday which I use for 'Spring Onions' - Gales made sure I could not get near plot, so will have to wait for next planting date. Boots the Bengal blown out of greenhouse when cover came off again - One very angry cat!!! - Yes Douce Provence did take well last year - but I waited until Easter to sow them. Not at all happy about red lead -don't want to poison anyone!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:54

Both ideas brilliant - Thank you. Will give it a go on Pea and Bean Day!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:09

Hi - yes I always tuck up the Broad Beans, otherwise they get 'wind rock' I find that the cushioning of the dry dead leaves and then the compost works well, whereas if you compost then add the leaves, stem rot can happen. - I also give them a good talking too, threatening terrible things if they try and die (Don't let them know that I am going to eat them anyway!) - Just in passing, does anyone have some trade secrets about sowing peas without losing most of them so early in the year - Even without the dreaded voles - I just don't get a decent number sprouting. Boots the Bengal already bringing in mice (1 for him and 1 for his pal - sometimes both in his mouth at the same time! - I just wish that he woud remember to kill them first, fed up with hearing scampering under the bed and finding severed heads in the morning!)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 10:20

Must get new greenhouse cover - blown off again! Japanese onions doing really well in cucumber frame. Broad Beans chirping up now that I have tucked dead leaves and compost around them up to the 3rd leaves (so about 23 centimetres tall now) Brussel sprouts asked me not to pull them up as they will have brussels on their stems soon!! About the size of peas at the moment!! -Warmer today but chilly wind . Cannot get onto veg patch even if I wanted to just too soggy. Luckily alot of it still planted up with Winter Salads/Celery & Beetroot and seems happy. Fig lost its fleece whilst I was away last week, but no harm done. Fleece now perched on top of poplar tree about 30ft up - I'm not going up there!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:25

Hi Just to continue in case message cut again through lack of space here is Lunar Calender for 1-17th Feb, slightly more detailed to tie in with above info, so we ease in gently to all this new terminology (which I still find confusing!!)

1/2 Feb - Flower Days Moon Descending in Libra (Air Sign) Pot up Cannas and begonias saved from last year in pots lightly covering roots. Place in full light 15/20DegreesC watering from time to time.

3/4 Feb - Leaf Days Moon descending in Scorpio (Water Sign) If it is not frosty prune box hedges and other conifers Prepare asparagus bed for planting in March.

5/6 Feb - Fruit Days 4.33am Moon Ascending in Sagittarius (Fire Sign) Sow aubergines/pepers and chillies 20C. Sow Peas and Mange touts under cloches.

7/8 Feb - Root Days 2.39 New Moon in Capricorn (Earth Sign) Sow red and white onions and leeks.

9/10 Feb - Flower Days Moon ascending but furthest point from earth so no gardening on 10th/11th - Moon in Virgo (Air Sign) Sow begonias/marigolds and geraniums. Do not cover the begonia seed.

11/12/13 Feb - Leaf Days Moon ascending in Pisces (Water Sign) ( Each month when the Moon is in Pisces sow lettuce  and other leafy salad crops.) Sow cabbage under heat. Sow spinach outdoors.

14 Feb - Fruit Day Moon in Aries (Fire Sign) Under cover and 18/20C Sow tomatoes.

15/16/17 Feb - Root Days Moon in Taurus (Earth Sign) Sow carrots under cover/radishes in coldframe and onions again. The onions should be ready to harvest July-Sept.

So there we are - I hope that I explained a few things that I have learnt clearly. Link this Diary in with the Planets Today Chart and you should see a pattern forming that then ties in with these weather trends. Once again - let's have some more input from other Bio gardeners who can shed more light on this subject.

Happy Gardening!


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 09:54

Life getting back to normal after mercy dash to UK to check on Mother in Care Home, so sorry for silence. Yes I am in Normandy bang opposite Jersey so we get Jersey weather and TV. As predicted we also had cold snap here -9 then despite rain not stopping at all it has got warmer (around 12/14 degrees C). The prediction for February is warm for the first half of the month with Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius, enhanced by Jupiter. Unfortunately then Mercury & Venus move into Capricorn bringing cold weather to the second half indicating mor rain and a strong possibility of snow. So - we need to talk about weather. First turn on to which is a site I have just found - click on geocentric and you will see a diagram of the position of the moon in relation to the constellations and planets today (and evry day) - I have found this a brilliant aid to what I am about to explain (or try to!!)


The four elements connected with the constellation named by man around 2,000  years ago due to their pattern forms (and not to be confused with the signs of the Zodiac and astrology) are attached to specific groups which effect ground and weather conditions.

Dry & Hot - Fire - Aries/Leo/Sagittarius

Cold & Dry-Earth-Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn

Hot & Humid-Air-Gemini/Libra/Virgo

Wet & Cold-Water-Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces

Hot has a tendency to effect general metabolism. Cold holds back metabolism changes. Dry concentrates sap and helps to resist external humidity and wet conditions. Humid or Wet helps in the repair of the principal nutritifs in the plant.

When the Moon is in front of a Fire Sign - activity is directed towards the creation of fruits and grains. When in front of an Earth Sign - The force is directed towards plant rots and stems. When in front of a Light/Air Sign- It is the flowering section of the plant that is strengthened. When in front of a Water sign- Concentration is placed on leaf growth.

Planetary Aspects - The planets travel around the Sun at different distances & speeds - This means that they are regulary in alignment with the Moon and each other, and they also pass through the different constellations. When you get 1 or 2 planets in the same constellation as the Moon, the cosmic forces are magnified and this effects the weather patterns to extremes of temperature/wind etc. When we observe the sky we can observe 2 planets at any one moment forming an angle in relation to the Earth. For example - When one planet rises and another sets at the same time - they form an angle of 180degrees in relation to the Earth and are defined as being in Opposition. An angle of 0degrees forms a Conjunction. 60Degrees a Sextile 90degrees a Square 120degrees a Trine. So - The Moon can be in Conjunction with Mercury - Sextile with Venus and a Trine with Mars. Harmonius links work well for the growing of plants and are associated with calm weather periods. Un harmonious Links can upset plant cycles causing spurts of weakened growth (eg. Bolting lettuces) susceptability to disease and fungus. Such conditions can last several hours. Which is why we have periods of non gardening days. Looking at the Website I mentioned shows the aspects of the Moon and ties in neatly with the definitions used in the Biodynamic Calender. I'm now beginning to understand why we must do things at certain times (ie before 4.23pm) There is a useful explanation on this site as well re astronomical terms and.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 14:00

Um that's what I thought re cuttings. Actually just stick mine straight in ground anywhere and they usually take regardless. Re Rhubarb - stacks and stacks in France, so don't bother to grow it as so cheap to buy and husband doesn't like it anyway. Think I shall fleece Fig. Lots of babies on it which dropped off last year at the first hint of frost. It is called Rouge de Bordeaux and had a fabulous crop the 1st year. Grows well in Northern France apparently - so fingers crossed. Just wrapped lots of leafmouldy strawy compost around broad beans so they are nice and snug. Much colder today. Wish that wind would stop - Fed up with putting polytunnel roof back on - Waiting for delivery of new cover - Hopefully stronger ties provided. Almost ready to give you reasons why Biodynamic weather calender accurate. Just let me finish the last few pages of the Book, plus new Course Notes sent from Germany. Dictionaries lying around all over the house - Teach me to live abroad!!

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