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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 16:43

Major event today - Ate 1st Onion!!! If anyone watched The Good Life imagine one onion placed gently in centre of table and ceremonially trimmed, then chopped, then grilled and added to Steak sandwich. Absolutely yummy!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:33

I have never tried layering, as I find most things do it on their own, and I just chop them off and give them to friends or move to another place. Not many lily beetle this year thank goodness, and I treated sawfly with a mix of camomile and garlic and it does seem to have worked - Lots of gooseberries coming anyway. I hope baby broccoli ready to move on 7th - microscopic at the moment!! Early peas just podding up and perpetual spinach superb as easy pick salad. Don't bother with lettuce anymore, have let rogue dandelions self seed, and we eat those instead. Making Nettle & Sheep Cheese scones tomorrow, as so many nettles near compost heap, so good to make use of them plus leave some for decoctions and butterflies.Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:03

Well here we are with June tomorrow already - Don't know where May went! So much to do in and around the garden and yet that wonderful earthy feeling of 'growing' leaves one vibrant and satisfied at the end of each day at this time of year, instead of lack lustre and worn out in Winter. The Bio Dynamic Weather Calender forecasts a bright June but fairly cool weather until the 17th, particularly at night. Saturn is in Scorpio and the Water influence is strong, particularly with Uranus in Pisces so rain is highly likely. Jupiter in Leo ensures warm humid weather from the middle of the month, so beware of mildew, and allied problems due to humidity. Make sure greenhouses well ventilated and good spacing between pots to allow for airflow..


Best dates for transplanting are from 6th - 20th June. Star gazers look out for Jupiter/Mars & Saturn at night and Mercury in the morning.


Here is the Lunar Calender from 1 - 12th June - Happy Gardening!


1 - 2nd June - Moon rising in Pisces so likely to be wet - Leaf Days.Sow Summer lettuces in part shade. Sow Chard/Sweet Fennel (bulbing) herbs and Rocket.


3rd June - Fruit Day Sow cucumbers and courgettes outside in pockets of compost.


4/5/6th June - New Moon on 5th in Taurus so Root Days - Sow Winter radish between Carrots - Not only will the carrots be sweeter, but the radishes give off a sulphuric aroma disliked by carrot fly. Sow swedes and more parsnips.


7th June - Flower Day Moon descending. Take cuttings from flowering shrubs, and layer wysteria and honeysuckle. Gather and dry flowers for tisanes. Transplant broccoli sown 1/2nd May.


8/9th June - Moon in Cancer & Jupiter Leaf Days. Transplant celery sown 6/8th April, trimming the leaves and roots a little to kickstart fresh growth. Keep well watered.


10/11/12th June - Fruit Days. Moon in Leo. Take out old leaves and unwanted side shoots tomatoes/cucumbers and pumpkins. Pinch out centre fruit of triplets in apples and pears, thus allowing others to grow on. Take out smaller apple of pairs to avoid damage from rubbing.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 09:09

Hi GWRS - Have sent you a separate message. Look out for Lunar Calender tomorrow. Boots the Bengal USELESS at moling, came home with 2 baby rabbits instead which I released back into the wild - He is furious with me. Sent him back to the mole hills! - although I did use 1 or 2 for potting on base when I split some primulas yesterday. Chucked rest on new compost heap as too much grass only on there.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 09:07

What a cracking plot - Looks really good and much tidier than mine!! So much to do at the moment. Aquilegias are stunning and irises just coming out. Walked around Potager at 6am this morning as exhibiting at Hunting Shooting Fishing Fair for 3 days lunchtime so lots of baking to do - It was like walking around fairyland - So still and magical following rain - I love that earthy smell, you can feel everything growing. I even whispered good morning to the slugs and snails - Somehow everything was perfect. Boots the Bengal followed me and tiptoed around sniffing the wallflowers and twirling his whiskers - then he spotted a molehill which had arrived overnight, and I left him down there on Mole Duty!


I have not been to Monets Garden but if you can give me the dates - I can let you have other Fairs and Gardens to visit on your route nearer the time. Contrary to the news, we have full petrol tanks and no riots in our area. It is only Paris and Marseilles plus other major cities as usual playing up. Glad to be staying near home though. Motorway Stations are shut. I think President Hollande is glad that he is tucked away in Japan. Talking of which, I have a Japanese Maple, any special care required?


Still do not know how to upload photos onto this site. -Sorry. Technology and I do not get on.


Have a good w/e and Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 16:23

Hi everyone


Here is the Lunar Calender 20-31 May and I'm sorry but more rain forecast as Uranus sitting firmly in Pisces.


20/21 May - Full Moon 9pm on 21st Moon descending in Libra -Flower Days Prune spring flowering shrubs once they have faded and divide spring bulbs once the leaves have yellowed. Plant out Buzy Lizzies and petunias sown 8th March Thin out Cauliflowers and Broccoli sown 1/2 May (Mine have only just sprouted!)


22/23 May - Leaf Days Moon in Scorpio with Mars on 22nd. Prune evergreen and deciduous hedges. Thin out salad crops and prick out cabbages sown 3/5 May.


24/25/26 May - Moon Descending in Sagittarius & Mars & Venus on 25th- Fruit Days. Sow all Beans plus more peas/mangetouts together with nasturtiums who will attract blackfly and aphids away from growing crop. Sow Sweetcorn.


27/28 May - Moon in Capricorn -Root Days. Sow chicory and carrots.


29/30 May - Moon rising in Neptune at 5pm on 29th - Flower Days - Sow bi-annuals and perrenials. No gardening before 10.45am on 30th


31 May - Leaf Day Sow more salad crops including perpetual spinach/rocket/celery and beetroot for leaves only.


So there we have it - another month nearly over. A glimpse at June shows cooler nights, balmy days but more wet weather. All will be revealed nearer the time! Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 15:32

All well here after wonderful w/e at Garden Fair south of Rouen. I was placed opposite a Bio Nursery full of herbs that I had never come across before - Bought Arnica/Liveche (Perpetual spicy celery) Blue Magic Basil which is a giant of a plant, plus 1 Totem tomato /2 Blue Shimmer Germanica irises to put near pond and a Snow Queen Siberica Iris which is so so pretty and delicate, to place near my seat in the Potager to gaze at on sunny days - Talking of which where is the sun? We seem to have very little at present but raining buckets today - Not surprised no gardening recommended in Lunar Calender - Would not want to do it anyway! Have done best I could in between showers in and out of greenhouse. Now having trouble getting into greenhouse, and I thought 12 x 8 big enough!! Keep getting grabbed by angry plants. Have decided tender potted shrubs MUST go outside, to make room for rampant babies that I grew from cuttings last year (Why am I such a sucker for growing more of what I've got already?!) Rescued lots of babies growing in carpark and being threatened by Weedkiller fanatic husband! Yes, they should be put on compost heap - but they look so healthy and I'm sure that I have space somewhere! - GWRS your allotment sounds really full - How big is it? I'm not growing sunflowers this year - Lots of poppies/cosmos/marigolds instead to encourage more insects to Potager. - Sawfly have arrived on gooseberries. Bio Nursery recommended a decoction of garlic & camomile. Try anything once! Look out for next few days Lunar Calender tomorrow.  Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:45

Hi - Don't like this new format at all. Thought it was a 'scam' when it came up just now.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:50

So here is Lunar Calender from 3 - 19th May.

3/4/5th May - Leaf Days Moon Ascending in Gemini and Uranus. Sow salad crops outside, in sheltered shady spot to avoid leaf burn and wilt when warmer days arrive. Sow Brussel Sprouts in Nursery bed and keep ground moist to aid early sprouting.

6/7th May - Fruit Days. On 6th No gardening before 10.20am the Moon nearest to Earth so forces too strong for plants to bear. Sow courgettes/cucumbers outside allowing 1metre in preference between plants (This seems alot??)

8/9th May - Moon in Taurus - Root Days Sow winter carrots and summer radish. Sow more beetroot and parsnips.

10/11th May - Moon descending in Gemini - Flower Days. Plant out all flowers sown 10th February as risk of frost nearly over now (Tradition here says the 13th is the last danger period for a visit from the Saints de Glace (Frost Saints). Plant out Summer bulbs and cauliflowers plus broccoli sown 8th March.

12/13th May - Moon in Cancer - Leaf Days. Thin out leeks sown 6-8 April and prick them out 10cms apart in nursery beds together with celery and fennel (bulb fennel) as they work well together. (Celery and Bulb fennel give out smell that deflects onion fly from target crop)

Evening of 13th then 14/15th May - Fruit Days Moon in Leo. Plant out aubergines/peppers/chillies and tomatoes sown 3/5th March and courgettes plus cucumbers sown 9th April (Not sure mine will be big enough plus staying in greenhouse anyway - How are yours getting on?) - Place nettle leaves in bottom of tomato holes plus a little comfrey - the nettles will provide short term nourishment and the comfrey will kick in later to add extra when the fruit form.Keep well watered. 15th No gardeing after 4.30pm Moon in the middle of ecliptique cycle (noeud)harmful to plants. Note to grow Comfrey well it must be moist at all times.

16/17/18/19th May - Moon descending in Scorpio - Root Days. Thin out parsnips sown 10-12th April. Plant out leeks sown 13-16th March - Trim the roots and tops, then lay them out on soil for 2 days before re-planting to eliminate leek moth larva. Alternate rows with carrots sow that the smell from the leeks halts carrot fly. Thin out beetroot sown 29-30th April. Prick out celeriac sown 2-3 april. 19th no gardening before 2.15pm Moon at furthest point from Earth so forces too weak.

So lots to do in the first half of this month. Good luck and Happy Gardening! Keep the comments coming - we need to compare notes!

Oh - Just in passing my celery sown last year and overwintered outside is fantastic now - Loads of leaves and hearting up. Should I let it self seed to provide green manure this autumn?? - Never grown it before - Does it normally take this long to mature?

 

 

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:13

Well, even I did not think that snow/hail/ice and other horrors would arrive from the Arctic. Weather prediction nearly right I suppose because I see that I did say North wind and lots of rain (Just frozen rain!!) - At the Garden Fair south of Rouen last w/e several nurseries lost their geraniums to frost on Saturday night, and it was a bitter w/e. I hesitate to predict May but here goes based on BioD Calender: We shall have 6 warm trines in May which means a hike in temperatures particularly from 3rd-13th Jupiter in Leo and Pluto in Sagittarius bring lots of warmth cooling slightly on 14th when the Sun enters Taurus from Aries. Watch out around 21/22nd as storms predicted with colder temperatures again continueing until the 28th when alot of rain is predicted until end of month with possible snow in the North (Scotland??).  Smallholders note that Hay should be cut at Flower Times to guarantee extra nourishment in stems. Best transplanting dates are 9th - 24th May. If you raise your own seed potatoes transplant them from 6th - 7th. Mars Jupiter and Saturn can be clearly seen evry night this month. Make sure that you prepare your Nettle Brew to aid healthy growth. I've already filled a dustbin with a mix of nettles and comfrey after frantic weeding on return from Garden Fair yesterday! Went to get rain water from barrel, and horror of horrors found that I had forgotten to turn gutter tap to 'on' after Winter, so nearly empty - and I told you all to make sure your barrels were full as a relatively dry month ahead!!

I see the farmers have earthed up their peas and beans - I haven't because I have not got alot of space to do so between rows as did not know about it. To avoid wind rock I see this makes sense but as I grow The Sutton Broad Beans which are short anyway and dwarf peas, I think I should be OK. Apparently you earth up Leeks as well to create long white shanks - Has anyone done this?? Lots of currants and gooseberries coming. Frosted peach blossom so no high hopes there. Oh - On French news the Rhone Valley has lost alot of Buds on the vines to frost so less wine likely from here/Burgundy and Champagne areas - price hike indicated for next year - Just thought any wine lovers would like to be fore warned!

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