Posted: 23/01/2017 at 15:02
Despite hard frosts and sunny days here, it is difficult to decide what if anything to get on with in the garden. I've just pottered around with a mug of tea or coffee noting the Spring bulbs that are coming up where I'm sure that they weren't before, and enjoying the gaining strength of the sun, making the birds sing and even a bumble bee come out of hiding this morning. With our date for moving (albeit 3mths time) looming, I have taken down the fruitcage and shall be dismantling the greenhouse. The new buyer is not a gardener, and I have visions of everything being flattened and our lovely half acre of garden that we created ourselves from just a lawn, orchard and chicken run going to 'pot' -Still the sun has made me more cheerful -even though we still have not found somewhere to move to (We lost the Bio smallholding when we lost our original English buyer who was a keen gardener but pulled out because of Brexit) - I had already potted up 67 favourite plants last Autumn, and have now ear marked a few others now I know that they may not be appreciated - Trouble is where do you stop?!! -If I could I would move the lot, but the challenge of a new garden is inspiring, so I must leave mental space for new additions. How did you manage Obelixx? (Me confused!)
Still wading through new Lunar articles hitting the press fast now that the growing season will soon be upon us.Will write another piece for guidance shortly.
Here is the Lunar Calender 22-31st January
22/23/24th Jan - Moon descending Leaf Days - I was going to say if it isn't frosty, but I think we've all got that! -Prick out lettuces sown 4-7th January, fleecing well and surround with straw to protect against slugs.Cut hazel for weaving.
25/26th Jan - Fruit Days -Moon rising in Sagittarius. At no less than 20C sow aubergines, chillies and peppers. Cover and if using plastic lids, lift and dry each day to avoid condensation.
27/28th Jan - New Moon in Capricorn so Root Days - In a sheltered position and preferably under cover sow leeks to harvest June/July.
29/30/31st Jan - Moon rising in Aquarius so Flower Days changing to Leaf Day after 4pm on 31st. No gardening after 5.15pm on 29th as Moon ascending and crossing path of Earth around the Sun (noeud) thus causing potential unsettled weather. In a heated greenhouse (20-22C) Sow begonias/pelargoniums/carnations. at 15-18C sow cauliflowers, thin all these once they have sprouted and prick out at the beginning of March.
I'm holding back on sowing this year and shall buy in 'Bio' Plants when I go to Flower Fairs at the beginning of April, -Primarily because I do not know the soil type that I may be dealing with when we move, and also everything will be so much more advanced and easier to plant where I want it without stressing out seedlings.
One slightly disheartened Biofreak! Happy Gardening.
How did you all handle moving gardens??