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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 15:45

Great time in UK buying up all supplies for garden not available here, inc magazines which are a fraction of the price than by Europe Subscription. Now ready to tackle wild Autumn growth before - and I hate to say this -Snow!

Bio Dynamic Calender says expect temperatures to drop and potential snow after 19th November through into first half december! let's see what happens, but I'm making plans already, Such warm past winters have meant that I have not always been prepared for sudden falls in temperature - So lots of fleece at the ready, and I am not going to sow early crops this side of Xmas, as my success rate with peas and broad beans sown Oct/Nov is 00000!!!! Have you any tips up your sleeves without a greenhouse and outside? For those interested Private Pushkin (new kitten) is receiving hunting tips from Boots the Bengal -At the moment these include how to destroy my Wellington Boots, and how to disembowel a mouse in the bedroom at 3am! PP not allowed outside yet as initially found abandoned in the garden age appx 9wks.

Here is the balance of October's Lunar Calender

27/28/29/30 October -That's a lot of Root Days!-with New Moon at 5.38pm on the 30th and Moon descending in Virgo - Excellent time to finish planting onions/garlic and shallots. (If your soil is really wet in Winter, make a Ridge and sow in that, remembering to earth up regularly even in Winter.) Lift Leeks/Parsnips/Horseradish and Jerusalem Artichokes according to your needs. Protect bare soil around root crops with straw to encourage last surge of ripening and thin carrots sown 21-23 september.Plant Spring Bulbs, particularly those for shady areas, as shallow soil still easy to work under trees and hedges before frosts.

31st October -Flower Day but no gardening recommended after 2.25pm as Moon at furthest point from Earth so weak and weedy growth can be expected from transplanting/sowing or planting. get storage areas organised for dahlias/gladioli/lilies and cannas instead, and start cleaning and storing tools and pots whilst warmer weather permits work outside.

So there we are - Clocks change on Sunday and I feel that Winter starts now.Luckily here we are never dark in Winter until just after 6pm, but the mornings become horrendous with January seeing us still dark at 9am. How I shall miss the long hours of daylight. On Monday I shall tell you what to expect in November. Have a great w/e and Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:42

Hi Johnny - The Native Americans always used the Constellations to cultivate crops, and even nowadays in France the Young Farmers are reverting to Biodynamic Farming Methods using the magnetic forces of the Moon, stars and planets as a guide to ensure good crops and to plan sowing and harvesting times albeit with the aid of new seed varieties. Life would seem to have come round full circle back to the basics of Nature and Growth. Welcome to this Thread. I don't know where you are based but if you look up The Soil Association or you will find more info, which may well tie up with your current reading.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:15

Hi Everyone

Have been frantically planting bulbs, splitting irises and day lilies, topiaring conifers and glowering at last of the runner beans which refused to set, and lettuces that have decided to charge upwards instead of outwards after a spell of really warm days and dry conditions. Tomatoes and Lemon Cucumbers still coming on in greenhouse, and flowers galore in the borders, including some that I had forgot I had sown -like a very delicate flax flower -(Do you ever find lost treasures that you may have given up on in the dim distant past?)

Anyway, I am away next week so here is the Lunar Calender for 17th-26th October.

17th October - Fruit Day - gather as many fruit and nuts as possible for storage as the Full Moon ensures good keeping quality and excellent flavour. Our apples 'Melrose' are just ready - so another job to fit in!

18/19/20th October - Moon ascending in Taurus so Root Days - Sow Carrots and turnips outside fleecing them against frost and in cucumber frames sow Onions. Japanese Onion sets should be plantede now to guarantee a good start, but make sure you keep them throughout the Winter under frames however mild a Winter they like a warm, dry start.

21/22nd October - Moon descending into Gemini so Flower Days. If you have had a frost lift Cannas/Dahlias and Gladioli, turn them upside down and place in a dry place to Over Winter.Protect Artichoke Roots by earthing up and covering with straw. Plant out bi-annuals sown 18-20th August.Continue dividing and transplanting shrubs and perrenials once they have stopped flowering. Keep well watered. Take side shoots for potting on as new stock and throw older centres on compost heap.

23rd October - Leaf Day - Plant out evergreen container grown shrubs Cut and burn asparagus ferns and earth up bed.

24/25/26th October - Fruit Days Moon descending in Leo - Cut back and take cuttings from raspberries for new stocks next year. Plant all container grown Bush Fruit. Pick and throw away bruised or diseased apples/pears/quince.

Happy Gardening

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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 18:04

Hi Everyone

Poised for Bio w/e ahead at festival. Just finished making a batch of tomato/jalapeno/cinnamon & vanilla jam, to offer for sale with fig/walnut and sheep cheese scones - Hope their popular! Quick look at Potager to check last toms and cucumbers, and straighten loose greenhouse cover - munched two raspberries and a tiny stray strawberry. Heavy rain and horrible cold wind today - So pleased to tell you that BioDynamic forecast for October is cooler days all month with warm sunny spells up until 16th when we shall then have mixed weather caused by trian forces of Water Sign Pisces, Water Planet Neptune and windy Uranus. Jupiter and the Sun provide warm forces at the beginning of the month, with contrairy Mercury hovering around all month to bring cool and breezy evenings and early mornings.

So - here is the Lunar Calender 1st-16th October 2016

1/2nd October - Root Days New Moon descending in Virgo. Gather all remaining root crops for storage. Plant out onions sown 16-18th August. Clear weak leaved salad crops as they will not improve now unless under cover, due to decreasing temperatures and light levels. Plant Shallots.(Don't sow seed)

3/4/5th October - Flower Days - Plant out Spring flowers sown 22-23rd July mixing them with daffodils and tulips to create new colour schemes.Plant out potted perrenials and flowering shrubs.

6/7th October - Moon in Scorpio so Leaf Days - Cut back chicory, preserving the biggest roots for transplanting in a dark place for forcing later.

8/9/ up to 8.30am on 10th October - Moon Rising in Sagittarius - Fruit Days - Sow round seeded peas for Spring Crops giving added fleece protection.(I'm sorry but I never have had success with this sowing so late -How have you got on - Any tips?) If you fancy grwoing your own fruit tree from kernels - Scratch the surface away from peaches apricots or plums and plant in pots filled with a sandy gritty mix and bury the pots against a north wall. (Tried this with a Plum once - it does work, but takes years to get a tree! - Fun for children though).

10/11th October - Root Days - Sow short varieties of carrots under cover mixing them with salad radishes that can be harvested in one month leaving the carrots to grow on.

12/13/ up to 7am14th October - Flower Days - No gardening on 13th before 3.50pm Storms predicted as Neptune comes into play (Interesting to see if this happens) Harvest Cauliflowers and Broccoli. Sow sweet peas, annuals and perrenials under cover to plant out April next year, be sure to cover with fleece for added winter protection.

14/15/16th October - Full Moon 5.23am on 16th -Leaf Days Harvest Salads and start protecting balance of young crops. Start cropping Brussel Sprouts if you have a frost as they will be sweeter.Cover tender herbs with earth and straw, they stand a better chance of shooting earlier and stronger next season with this late autumn protection. Taragon in particular works well with this tip. Sow green manures.

So there we are - Look forward to receiving additional info from all of you. Happy Gardening! For those interested in the antics of Boots the Bengal - He has a new pal - Pushkin - One abandoned kitten on our doorstep. Boots not sure whether to eat it or play with it!

Last edited: 01 October 2016 18:07:13

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:55

Fantastic Fair last w/e 'Festival of 10001 Legumes' (vegetables)- Learnt that if you plant absynth near your beans it will attract all the blackfly on your plot turning the whole plant black, which in turn attract the ladybirds (Or you can then spray with a Bio Infusion). This weekend Festival of Legumes Oublies (Forgotten vegetables) with a chance to buy heritage varieties and lectures on how to treat blight with plant concoctions. Look out for Lunar Calender and Weather Guide October before I leave tomorrow.

Moving House in Winter

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 15:00

My current Potager was a Hen Pen 23 square metres and we have grown superb veg for the past 6yrs. I have started to pot on treasures, taking babies from around the edges of giant adults. The rose cuttings that I took earlier in the year are doing well. I am however being really hard on myself - I want to create a new garden in a semi-established garden, so my old stalwarts will stay behind having moved 3 times already. I think they should stay here as they are settled. There are so many new joys (varieties) out there that I feel I should take the plunge and have a change. It's the time of year that worries me.

Moving House in Winter

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:46

Whilst I am excited about taking on a new garden (haven't found it yet!- I don't want to leave the one I've  altered already) but there again a fresh slate can often be stimulating, so I am fnding the current piece on Gardeners World (TVprogramme) really interesting. Other half wants a brand new house plus plot which daunts me completely (houses and plots of around 1200sq metres readily available here- I would prefer a modern place but a semi-established garden, How have any of you coped with a brand new bare earth plot?? Try and encourage me in case other half wins! We are not youngsters anymore! Any good books out there?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:38


My mother was a bio-dynamic gardener and very high up in the Steiner anthroposophy movement, so I was weaned on the gardening methods. Maria Thun's Bio dynamic Calender is excellent for the weather/cropping and explains methods well, and I refer to it as my source in an earlier post. The Lunar Calender by French Bio Dynamic Gardener Michel Goss is an excellent source and many French Moon Gardening Mags. - I also went on a Course in Germany last year, which was excellent. Some of it does seem very far fetched, but hey - I believe in trying anything once and have been really surprised with the results between my 'normal' Bio gardening patch and the BD one. Bought October Issue Kitchen Garden on fleeting visit to UK earlier this month and found excellent article on BD Gardening. At the expense of being bombed out of the Forum for mentioning other mag (Hope not!) I do wish Gardeners World would cover this subject more.

Moving House in Winter

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 11:30

Thanks for that but in France you take everything with you if you wish including the kitchen sink!!! All plants quoted are only 2yrs old, hence the reason I do not want to leave them. Should I pot on the roses or can I get away with moving them as bare root plants? Sorry to be ignorant but not very good with flowers, other than dahlias and spring bulbs.

Last edited: 16 September 2016 11:33:54

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 11:25

Hi everyone,

Autumn Fair very good despite dreadful weather - Off on Bio-Dynamic Course 26th Looking forward to Lectures by Young Farmers on Farming and Milking Techniques using Bio-dynamic principles - Seems to be an up and coming trend. Thanks for the link obelixx - always good to have new input.Horrible getting up early to do the Farmers Markets now as so dark - Only compensation is that the Moon and planets are clearly visible and sunrise is wonderful. Boots the Bengal keener on staying in bed at the moment!

Here is the Lunar Calender for 17th - 30th September

17th-19th Sept - Leaf Days Moon ascending in Gemini. (remember in Moon ascending plant sap rising) Avoid gardening after 12.55pm on 18th Moon nearest in cycle to Earth. -Sow Salad crops and prepare surface for new lawns, then scatter grass seed freely making sure that it is protected from birds and kept moist for 3-4 weeks.

20th Sept - Fruit Day With Moon ascending this is an excellent time to gather Autumn apples and pears as the fruit lasts longer when stored at this time. Also harvest last strawberries and raspberries, remove all dead leaves from strawberries, leaving maximum light plus airflow around ripening fruit.

21/22/23rd Sept - Root Days , Moon in Taurus, Keep sowing radishes undercover to harvest in 3-4 weeks. Sow Carrots for Spring harvesting April/May. Earth them up regularly and in preference cover lightly with straw or fleece to protect leaves against the cold.

24th/and up to mid-day 25th Sept - Moon descending so plants take root readily and can be transplanted more successfully. Sap movement is slower during the descending Moon. so it is a good time to fell trees and spread compost.Flower Day - Plant Spring Bulbs and Shrubs. Prick out Bi-annuals sown 18-20th August.

After midday 25th Sept and 26th - Moon passes into Cancer so Leaf Days - Transplant Brassicas sown 20-23rd August, making sure that you firm them in well up to the basal leaves to avoid wind rock later.

27/28/29th Sept - Fruit Days. Plant pot grown raspberries/gooseberries/currants and the last strawberry plants.

30th Sept - Moon in Scorpio - Root Day, Spread spent compost from containers over potager or flower beds.

So there we are another month gone! Hope you have not been too wet, or indeed too hot and have not lost any further crops to blight. Happy Gardening! and keep the comments coming.

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