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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 15:25

Oh Obelixx I 'm so pleased for you -You were so disheartened after the hard work moving house to start with. is that your pond in photo? Have you got plant ideas for the edges? -I need ideas for marginal planting. GWRS happy decorating.! Stay warm.

What to do with Grass Cuttings - No Plants!

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 15:21

Oh options exhausted and such a waste! - Had you thought of offering local horticultural college project of turning your garden into a design project that would suit you and educate them?

When does a Bog Garden become a Pond?

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 15:17

Thanks for Info -This Bog Garden shows no sign of drying out -Think it may be an underground Spring. Is there a Bulrush that would work -Don't mind invasive.

Killing of overgrown shrubs

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 14:47

You say these 'shrubs are prickly' -Have you identified them? From a field I would suggest that they are sloes. If possible let them grow on and benefit from the fruit to make Sloe Gin and for the benefit of wildlife. Sloes are easily pruned, but beware of the thorns, as a gash from one nearly always turns septic. If there is lifestock in the field I would certainly avoid Weed or Brushwood Killer as it can be absorbed into nearby herbage and poison stock when ingested.

What to do with Grass Cuttings - No Plants!

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 14:37

How about Sheep?? - I'm not joking, offering your services as a Fosterer to the local Farm may well solve the lawn problem, and think of the joys of filling your freezer with all that lovely lamb. I have a friend who has successfully taken on 2 lambs every year and a retired ewe -Free lawn mowing and free meat.

When does a Bog Garden become a Pond?

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 14:02

Many of you recommended excellent Bog Garden plant choices last Autumn when I queried what to grow in the soggy section of our new garden - Having now covered a further 3mths, and whilst I know that we have had excessive rain, this Bog Area is now definately fit to become a shallow pond (I do not want to make it deeper) -Can Bog Plants still be used or am I wiser to go for Marginal PLanting with roots occasionally in up to 6inches of water -If 'yes' what could I grow here, and more importantly what shouldn't I grow that might get oxygen starved roots (I have already lost the candleabra primevera. All suggestions welcome!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 13:49

Hi Everyone

Well we certainly seem to be having all types of weather thrown at us! Could not get outside at all this w/e and next w/e are off to Rennes to an Antique Fair. Everything far too wet to do anything with, so whilst here is the Lunar Calender until the end of the month -I recommend we all stay tucked up indoors!!

20/21st January -Moon ascending -Flower Days (Interesting Countryfile last night re number of plants in flower out of season -1st crocus out yesterday) - Sow cauliflowers under heat. Sow begonia semperflorens,marigolds and geraniums in greenhouse. Do not cover begonia seed, keep damp.

22-24th January - Leaf Days - Sow Spring Lettuce and Cabbage under heat. Keep winter spinach and lettuce well covered with fleece.

25th January -Fruit Day -Sow round peas/mangetouts and broad beans.

26-28th January - Moon ascending -Root Days Sow radishes under cover (Try sowing round ones on the soil surface to gain maximum light and tapered ones no more than 3cm deep) Don't forget you can eat young radish leaves as a catch crop salad, older added to soups they are also tasty. Under cover sow turnips like Golden Ball. Protect from slugs.

29th January - Moon descending after 11.39 -Flower Day -Before 11.39 under heat sow begonia and geranium again. After 11.39 if you can get outside prepare ground for new crop of artichokes and if there is no frost and your ground is not sodden like mine plant climbers and bare root roses.

30-31st January - Moon descending -Leaf Days but no gardening recommended as on 30th Moon perigee (nearest Earth) on 31st Noeud lunar - Cut Hazel Sticks after2.50pm on 30th and if the ground is not too frozen, plant shrubs.

Thank goodness that will be the end of January! Not the best month this year for any of us! Still nights are pushing out albeit slowly, and I notice more birds singing in the morning already. I'm afraid that February is predicted to be cold and wet, but will reveal key dates nearer the time.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 13:05

Finished pruning shrubbery base at last!!! So much Dogwood had self rooted over the years, managed to make myself a further 15ft width of Potager for next seasons brassicas. Could not resist popping 12 sprouting garlic cloves in sandy Raised Bed and sowed some peas, covering them well with fleece. Beautiful Spring like warm day yesterday and had cup of tea in the garden -Back to wind and rain today. Potatoes not for sale here yet. Bought Tri monthly Bio Magazine this morning -That's me sorted for the afternoon!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 10:31

Obelixx - For you and any other French readers this is a good site covers Lunar/Bio/permaculture/Fairs/Methods/Weather in your area -In fact everything -You can add a translation tool, but I don't bother as very easy to follow with photos videos and charts.

Rushed out yesterday afternoon to take advantage of dry and sunny period, chopped back undergrowth under shrubbery and found some snowdrops!!! And in flower! Such a joyful sight.Primroses already out here, always are in January.

Checking out your recommended site this afternoon Hollyhock -Thanks for info -keep it coming!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 10:35

Hi Everyone

What a great site Obelixx, certainly one to keep an eye on and refer to -Also glad you have seen some rain at last!-You are welcome to more of mine! - At least I now know which areas NOT to cultivate now. When we came in April we had a major heatwave so I equally know where sun and shade and EXTRA dry areas are -So planning ahead as this is a really quiet time. No major changes in the Lunar Calender for the next week although you can get ahead and sow Spring Onions 12-14th January as Leaf Days, and concentrate on removing damaged branches from Fruit trees15-18th as Fruit Days and brushing moss off trunks. New Calender starts on 19th. In the meantime it is recommended that we generally tidy up, clean pots and seed trays and order seeds plus make plans. Just heard Weatherman say Cold winds plus possible snow early next week. Ties in neatly with Lunar Weather Prediction . O/H and I are doing some major taste testing on Potimarrons/Courges and Potirons (We just say Pumpkins in the Uk) -I want to grow small tasty ones suitable for 2 people and Jack o Lantern plus Uchiki Kuri and Sweet Dumpling Patidou are strong contenders. Any other recommendations? -Pumpkins come under Fruit in the Lunar Cycle as do Tomatoes. Leeks come under Leaf and Root as do Beetroot.

Just read an interesting article on High and Low Tides.

At High Tide it is a good time to sow seeds on a descending Moon and to harvest crops on a waning Moon  (decroissant), It is also a good time to turn the Compost heap and heavy soil.

At Low Tide it is a good time to sow seeds on a rising Moon in order to concentrate energy. Also it is a good time to Prick out seedlings, to work on light soil, spread manure, cut wood and Havest crops on a waxing Moon (Croissant).

For those of you who live by the sea or have access to this tidal info, it would be interesting this year to note any differences using this method.

So Happy Gardening!

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