Posted: 19/12/2016 at 15:23
Just returned from last Christmas Gastronomic Fair . Exhibited next to Ostrich Farmer and bought a beautiful Fillet to roast on New Year's Day. We pick up the goose from the farm on Thursday and although we are working Xmas Eve and New Years Eve the time in between is now organised for wining and dining, - as we only eat a main meal in the evenings I can hopefully spend some of Christmas Day in the garden, as have had no time at all to even poke head inside greenhouse in the last few days. Fed up with making whisky and brandy marmelades and mincemeat and pies for Markets -Time to draw breath!!
So what do the next few days bring? It's supposed to get colder again and quite windy between 20th-28th, so I must tie down the greenhouse roof again! Rain or snow predicted the further north you go, seems to be panning out that way according to TV weather as well, although there is a big beast waiting in Corsica to march upwards towards us, thankfully with warmer air.
Here is the Lunar Calender 18th-27th December, will finish the month then so I can wish everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully a Bio Weather Guide for January.
18/19/20th December - Moon descending in Leo so Fruit Days - Plant all bare rooted fruit trees. Cut back hazels so that they sprout new growth in the Spring for weaving next autumn. Take time out on 19th as no gardening advised due to Moon crossing with Uranus bringing wind change and damper, misty spells. Tidy up fallen branches and work out new climbing frames and fruit cages for next season. On 20th thin out fruiting hedges for wild life, to encourage thicker growth, and infill major gaps with new specimans.
21/22/23rd December - Root Days. Now is a good time to cover new potential veg plots with cardboard held down with bricks to cut light out from weeds, worms will spend the Winter working their way through the cardboard turning it into the soil and ttherefore encouraging slow composting underneath ready for light digging in the Spring. Check over stored roots and harvest those outside as needed making sure to replace fleece firmly afterwards. In milder areas in light and well drained soil pop in some more garlic outside together with shallots for harvesting next June.
24/25th December - Moon descending in Libra -Flower Days. Plant flowering shrubs and pick Hellebores for bouquets on New Year's Eve, these last well even in central heated houses, although I prefer to buy new stock in pots and then pop them outside in January Plant a Climbing Rose near an old apple or pear tree so that it can scramble through the branches., creating a great effect next Season. No gardening recommended before 1pm - That's good as it's Xmas Day and we can have a lie in!
26/27th December - Leaf Days with Moon in Virgo. Plant some ferns around newly planted trees. Weather willing plant out some lettuce and spring cabbage under cover (Certainly not sure I will do this in mid winter -but might be worth a go if this mild spell continiues)
No idea what January has to offer as Bio Diaries and other Lunar Books wrapped up for Xmas -So all to be revealed!
Happy Gardening and have a wonderful Christmas Weekend. Speak soon!