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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:24

Ferry Service Newhaven-Dieppe - so yes it is by the sea! - Very pretty pedestrianised town - Many visitirs as not expensive and really good restaurants plus cheap quality hotels. Dropping down to Rouen passing through stunning wooded countryside is well worth the effort, plus Monet's garden not far from Dieppe. Lots to see and do round there. Will do Calender later today - Toasted veg if I do not go and open greenhouse!


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Posted: 07/04/2016 at 13:45

Make sure you jump off the boat at Les Andeleys (Sth of Rouen) it is overlooked by the most stunning snow white castle which was built by Richard the Lionheart, who spent more time in France than anywhere else apparently because he did not like the English weather!! Also some stunning views on riverbank over gardens - you will certainly enjoy this trip. We are taking part in a Garden Fair on 24th April actually on the banks of the Seine towards Dieppe. Never been before but photos look really good. Trouble is I earn dosh then spend it immediately on plants! Husband not happy!

Did you see the planets this morning - Stunning Jupiter/Saturn and diddy bright Mercury popped up at dawn. If you read the back Page of The Sunday Times there is an excellent description of the sky during the week. Still like dark mornings for this. - Peas told to stay indoors just a little longer - high winds here at the moment, burning (is that the right word?) bamboo and shrubs and tender plants. (They look frazzled round the leaves)

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Posted: 05/04/2016 at 13:56

Thanks for advice re peas - off to talk to them and plant them out now! No don't know Beachgrove - Which Channel plus when?? Hope you enjoyed la vie francaise!

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Posted: 04/04/2016 at 10:17

Most French Gardens open after Easter - Try and pop into Abbey and Chateau Gardens as their Potagers incorporating Le Jardin Physic (Medecinal Plants) gave me really good ideas for companion planting. Dare I put out my pot grown peas yet?? (Not Sweet Peas - Peas to munch!) I had never tried starting these off in trays and I am thrilled, but don't want to lose them by putting them out too soon. I have put them into the cucumber frame - next step Potager - But should I cloche or fleece them. All advice welcome. - Overwintered Broad Beans now in flower but only 8 survived of the 20 sown (Birds?) - What do you think of new series Gardeners World - I'm not that impressed I'm afraid, although the veg trials may be interesting.

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Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:56

Flu now turned into an F1 Hybrid as added French tummy bug!! Anyway this wonderful summery spell has cheered me up no end and I see that the BioD weather report for April is unseasonally warm 2-6th April, on the 7th it will become changeable with vast variants from hot to cold followed by a North Wind. Towards the 11th it will get colder again particularly hard frosts forecast followed by a period of light winds. After the 18th I'm afraid that temperatures are going to fall again and rain returns. Make a point of sowing salad crops between 24-26th April as high temperature forcast for May do not bode well for sowings in early May. Watch out for an Orange coloured Moon from 7th April (Lune Rousse) this nearly always means hard frosts, so keep all crops fleeced up regardless of temptation.

There are 3 Water Trines in April backing up the prospects of heavy rain from 18th of the month. As there are 6 Warmth Trines in May, make sure those water butts are filled in April with dry dry conditions forecast into June.

Storm Katie blew up my Internet Router, so new one has just arrived. Just in case this gives out the wrong side of the w/e, here is the Lunar Calender for 1st-12th April.

1st April Moon ascending in Sagittarius Fruit Day - Sow wrinkled peas/cucumbers/courgettes and squash.

2/3rd April Moon ascending in Capricorn. Root Days - Sow celeriac/beetroot/carrots/parsnips and turnips plus swede in nursery bed.

4/5th April Flower Days Sow 1st Annuals. On 5th No gardening after 1.20pm.

6/7/8th April Moon in Pisces (Watch out for Lune Rousse - frost) Leaf Days Sow leeks/celery and fennel. Renew sowings of salad crops.

9th April Fruit Day Sow courgettes/cucumbers/squash/melons under cover.

10/11/12th April Moon in Taurus Root Days. Sow salsify and Scorzonera/parsnips and parsley root. Make more sowings of beetroot/turnips/swedes/radish and carrots.

Happy Gardening!



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Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:52

I'm back! Nursing a flu bug picked up from the Brits! All seedlings survived the week away except the water melons which had keeled over - May try them again. Could not find Yellow courgette seed in UK (Did not get chance to go to garden centre) Otherwise mission accomplished - New Bamboo Canes (Not available here) Crumpets/Hot Cross Buns and Bacon - Joy!!

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Posted: 14/03/2016 at 17:34

Thank you for cheering me up - very grateful - Hate leaving garden any time of the year - Still Hot X Buns beckon - Do miss not having them here!!

Thanks for info re asparagus - Mine are already established (4yrs old) should have a good crop this year weather willing.

Happy Gardening All.

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Posted: 14/03/2016 at 13:32

Really upset weather brilliant and I'm going to be in the wrong country (UK)!!

Still popping seedlings on Utility Room windowsill as house has to be shuttered up to maintain Insurance which means all dark! (I call it an invitation to burglars but laws are laws) Daren't put them in greenhouse, just too cold.

So here is Lunar Calender 16 -26th March. Just a tip from BIODY - Calender if you want to avoid onions or shallots bolting this year put the sets in 24/25th March 'Root Days' and plant asparagus 18/19th 'leaf days' or 24/25th March 'Root Days' (Sorry no explanation why - Does anyone else know??)

16/17 March Moon descending in Gemini so Flower Days . Prune buddlea and Perovskia plus other summer flowering shrubs that are overgrown. Take cuttings of Chrysanthemums and Fuchsias.Prick out Geraniums sown 9/10th Feb.

18/19th March Moon in Cancer so Water Days 'Leaf' Plant and divide herbs and Rhubarb. Prune cotoneasters. Thin out lettuce/spinach and other salad crops sown 11-13th Feb. Put down Ferramol or other slug deterrant to trap slugs rising up to meet Cosmic Force of Spring Equinox - They will start munching everything from now onwards!

20/21/22 March Spring Equinox on 20th Jupiter and Moon unite in Leo - Much much warmer. Fruit Days Plant out strawberry plants and other container grown small fruit. Pot on aubergines/Chillies and peppers sown 5/6 Feb and tomatoes sown 14th Feb Aaaah - I shan't be here!!!! Hoping I might get away with it on 23rd but I see no gardening before 5pm as Lunar Eclipse. Will change ferry!!

23/24/25th March Root Days Moon in Virgo Earth Days so plant potatoes (Interesting as tradition always says Easter) Start earthing up when they are just 25cms - before this can weaken new root system - it must be allowed to strengthen a little longer. Plant out leeks sown 19-21st January. On 25th No gardening after 9.10am Moon at furthest point from earth so less cosmic influence. Storms predicted Good Friday in Northern hemisphere. Hope not - want to crack on to make up for week away!

Happy Gardening.

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Posted: 11/03/2016 at 16:33

Great excitement today - Got on to Veg plot without sinking in! Sowed Rondo and Petit Provence Peas. The Sutton Broad Beans, plus popped some white onion sets (Silver Moon) in a spare patch which I pull as spring onions. Such a joy to get going at last. Don't want to be in UK next week - want to be in the garden!! - Great to know about other websites. Always good to compare, you get a more rounded picture.

Watch out for Lunar Calender on Monday before I jump on the ferry.

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Posted: 09/03/2016 at 15:06

Glad no gardening today and tomorrow as indicated on Lunar Calender. Howling gale - Just rescued 2 seed trays trying to leave home over hedge! Peas are up HURRAY!!

Will do Lunar Calender from 15th for a fortnight before I go to UK. Can't type on I-pads or phones. Have not got Xray eyes for small keyboards!! Need my big ABC computer at home.

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