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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 17:15

Lunar Calender 21 - 30th July 2014

21 -24 July Root Days Sow Winter Radish, turnips and carrots for Winter Harvests.Do not let the soil dry out during the Summer months otherwise smaller woody roots will follow.

24th (after 1.58pm Flower days begin) 25th/26th July Take cuttings from shrubs and prick out sowings of bi-annuals and perennials sowed 17/18th June

27th July Leaf Day (Sorry only one!) According to your needs blanch scaroles and chicory. Cover with an opaque cloche and harvest 10-12 days later.

28/29/30th July iFruit Days Do not garden before 9.30am on 28th - moon at furthest point from the earth in cycle so little effect. Prune apples and pears lightly plus take remaining tips off tomatoes/courgettes and pumpkins to encourage fruit growth. Cut Cannas back to the ground and Fruited Raspberry Canes. Prepare and enrich ground with compost for new strawberry plants to be planted 24-27th August.

So there we are -lots more to do. Hope you are all enjoying the Summer and the Potagers are doing well.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 15:52

Just a quick re-cap for those of you who may not have read initial thread. There are many perturbations of the moon during the lunar month which affect the growing cycle of roots/leaves/flowers and fruit. The 2 main ones are called Perigee and apogee here in France. The former is when the moon is nearest the earth and the latter is when it is furthest away. Both positions in the solar system give the moon neutral strength, consequently the eco-system within the garden stands still. Nothing is therefore gained by sowings or planting out during this time. In addition there is what is called a Lunar Knot which happens twice a month when the moon crosses the sun's path, normally the weather is more turbulant at this time as if you wish to put it the Chinese way the Ying and Yang in the garden is out of kilter. In everyday terms, it is not unusual for storms/wind/rain, chills or intense heat. Our sixth sense tends to tell us when not to garden, but it is uncanny how many times this feeling is tied in with the same period of 'knotting' of the moon.

So there is the 'potted lecture' of the week, and here is the Lunar Calender for 9-20th July

9/10th July Leaf Days Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbage from sowings 22-25th May. Thin out salad crops.

11/12th July Fruit Days. Graft Apples/Pears and Plums. Sow Courgettes again in rich compost (I sow direct into the compost heap) for a catch crop in September.

13th July Moon Perigee (Closest to earth) Do not garden before 2.30pm Then including 14th July Sow turnips and carrots for winter harvest.

15/16th July Flower Days. Sow pansies and perrenials in nursery bed. Sow lupins where you wish them to flower.

17/18/19th July Sow Salad crops and in particular Lamb's Lettuce in patches previously used for peas/broad beans as it benefits from free nitrogen. Knotted moon descending after 5.20pm on 18th so don't garden then.

20th July Fruit Day Sow French and Runner Beans again. If your region is chilly in Autumn choose early ripening varieties.

So there we are - we're well into the growing season now, and I hope a pattern is beginning to emerge for you all. I still run a small standard (no moon) gardening plot, and I am still really interested in the differences between the growing rates of plants - Moon wins hands down all the time. My third year next year will certainly make me decide whetehr or not it is worth switching to full 'lunar gardening' which is even more complex working with the constellations in addition to the moon on its own.

As ever let me know how you are all getting on.Happy Gardening.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:48

Hi Bekkie

Yes there's loads coming up, I shall contribute info continuing Calender until Feb 2015 which completes this Lunar Year. If Forum Readers want me to carry on - Only too pleased to do so. Would like to know how everyone is getting on? My veg plot is bursting with goodies despite slugs/snails galore and voles. Tried sowing flower seed for the first time by the Moon this year and so far it is the only year that I have ever been successful!! - I am converted, although still cannot resist temptation at Flower Fairs. Garden almost full!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 12:36

Gardeners Calender by the Moon 29 June - 4th July

29/30th June Leaf Days - Take cuttings from spring flowering shrubs and remove suckers from roses and fruit trees. No gardening after 3.15pm on 30th - Moon furthest point away from earth in orbit.

1/2/3 July Fruit days Prune Fan Fruit trees, removing fruitless stems. Pinch out growing tips of tomatoes to encourage fruiting and do the same with cucumbers and courgettes and pumpkins.This accelerates the formation of crops.

4/5/6 July Root Days Harvest early potatoes. Lift garlic/onions and shallots. Plant out leeks sown 19/20 May Thin out carrots and chicory sown 16/17 June and Winter radish sown 24-26 june. On 6th No gardening before 3.55pm.

Happy Gardeing



Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Thanks for all the info.

Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 11:55

Oh my giddy aunt - Sounds like a Triffid - Aren't you worried that it might try to eat you?!!


Thanks for info - so glad to find someone who knows about these. Garden Centres seem to look on them as just a novelty and tell me to read the labels.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:06

Lunar Calender 19th - 27th June

Sorry for gap - Been away unexpectedly..

19/20/21June Leaf Days  Cut and dry herbs. Sow Chinese Lettuce and Endive. renew sowing of lettuce using varieties that are happy in hot weather. In preference grow in shade.

22/23 June Fruit Days Sow more cucumbers and courgettes. Water well when growing well without wetting leaves.

24/25/26 June Root Days Sow beetroot/winter radish and swede.

27/28 June Flowers Prune shrubs whose flowers have nearly finished. Plant out broccoli sown 21/22 May


Happy gardening

Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 14:22

Hi treehugger. Thank you so much for letting me know this - I did wonder when and if they gave up! Will tell Boots the Cat to stop interfering! What would you recommend as a third choice to add to the range?

Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:59

Hi treehugger - According to the labels I have one Sarracenia which has swallowed 2 houseflies today and one Dionaea which seems to prefer mini flies and midges! Boots the Bengal sniffed the latter this morning and was shocked to feel it close up around his whiskers - not a happy cat!!

Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 13:37

Books don't seem to mention what they need, and Garden Centres useless so thanks for advice. I am using pond water which they love. Will now pot on. They say you need three different varieties in kitchen to be effective - I bought 2 to start with any ideas for a third? I have one big bottle shaped one (the one to re-pot) and 1 classic venus fly trap. I've seen some sticky ferny one's - any good

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