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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!

Cats!!!!!!

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 14:42

Sorry I no longer think that this 'thread' is worthy of comment or contribution. Bye.

Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 15:25

Done - saying that they don't have enough gardening programmes avoiding 'makeovers'

Gooseberry Sawfly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 11:48

When should they be here??? Did not spot them at all last year until it was too late!

Gooseberry Sawfly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 10:17

When should I start spraying to prevent sawfly on my now fully leafed gooseberries? Mats around bushes worked well last year as recommended on previous Post, but some of the little devils still decimated some bushes.

Slugs

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:26

I'd hang on until the next spring like spell. - Only a few days and it will be worth it. Also plant lots of herbs between veg rows or in between summer bulbs - in particular thyme/lemon balm and dwarf rosemary - S & S really do not like the smell especially if you scatter rubbed herbs along rows too, I find eggshells don't work once they are wet and pappy - Only in hot summer weather and this of course in when S & S search out damper areas anyway. - Short of all this invest in 2 ducks - They love slugs and snails plus mice & voles - unlike hens they will not scratch up veg and flower beds.

 

Slugs

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:31

We always eat snails (escargots) as a Starter on Christmas Day (Some prefer oysters - but that's Christmas Eve for us) - They are truly yummy to anyone who like mushrooms. Yes you can eat Garden Snails but it is a great cafuffle, and as we like 12 each - it would be really a waste of time. There are many award winning snail farmers in Normandy - My particular favourite is a snail tucked into a vol au vont topped with rocquefort - It is truly amazing.

Slugs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:58

Try sowing forget me nots everywhere and let them self seed - This is the second year that I have found no slugs or snails anywhere near these!! Are we missing something! Went to Potager this morning slugs and snails everywhere but nowhere near self sown FMN's. - Re Gardening Roses (for watering cans!) - Where can I find them??

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:55

Here is Lunar Calender 13th - 26th April - Watch out for freak hot days 14th & 17th also best days to control slugs 14th -16th (Not sure why!) May be an accident but have noticed no slug or snail attacks anywhere around forget me nots - Rampant already everywhere else. -Have we been missing a trick on companion planting here??

13th April - Moon in Gemini Flower Day - Plant gladioli/cannas/dahlias and other summer bulbs outside. My flowers sown 5th April have sprouted already delighted!Thin out broccoli & Cauliflower sown 8th March.

14/15th April - Moon descending in Cancer Leaf Days - Plant out salad crops and herbs. Prune evergreen trees and hedges. Mow and scarify lawns. Under cover plant out endive sown 9-11th March

16/17/18th April Moon in Leo - Fruit Days - Earth up peas & broad beans (Never earthed up peas?) Plant out aubergines/peppers and chillies sown 3/4th March & tomatoes sown 14th Feb.Plant marigolds next to tomatoes to discourage harmful nematodes. Plant out Cucumbers and melons sown 3-5th March - Wait until mid May for all these things if still too cold outside.

19/20/21/22 April - Gosh that's a long time! Root Days. And a new tip I've never come across. Lift leeks sown 7/8th Feb Let them dry out on the ground for 2 days, trim the leaves and roots and then replant them! Thin out celeriac sown 2/3 april. Edge potager with Jerusalem Artichokes thinking of letting them throw shade over salad crops during hot summer days.

23/24 April - Full Moon Flower Days Plant annuals outside in pots if warm enough. Thin annuals sown 4/5th April. Pot on Buzy Lizzies and petunias sown 8th March.

25/26th April - Moon in Virgo - Leaf Days Plant different Basils out in pots. Plant out tender herbs and salads. Plant out brussel sprouts and cabbage sown 9/11th March.

Well I think that that is more than enough for us to handle! Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:24

Ferry Service Newhaven-Dieppe - so yes it is by the sea! - Very pretty pedestrianised town - Many visitirs as not expensive and really good restaurants plus cheap quality hotels. Dropping down to Rouen passing through stunning wooded countryside is well worth the effort, plus Monet's garden not far from Dieppe. Lots to see and do round there. Will do Calender later today - Toasted veg if I do not go and open greenhouse!

 

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