Posted: 22/01/2018 at 13:49
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.