Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:04
Talking of weeds GWRS just read article about making use of them other than chucking on the compost heap. chop them up roots and all and put in potato sack. submerge this in container of rainwater for 1 week. Lift out and throw contents of bag on compost heap then dilute fermented liquid 1 x 10parts water and water salads in particular to stimulate growth. This preperation releases nitrogen absorbed by the weeds in the air and concentrates it into a wonderful brew. This recipe according to the article is courtesy of Maria Thun who practised biodyversity methods which are now continued by her son an whom I have followed closely with interest. Also I bought 3 Rhubarb plants yesterday as spending too much money buying rhubarb for puds/cakes etc and I want to use the leaves as a maceration (Same recipe as for weeds) against black spot on roses/rust on leeks and most important against slugs and snails.
So July according to Bio Calender is predicted to be hot/humid and thundery with particular emphasis on 10-14th July for strong heat 16-23rd for thunderstorms and heavy rain followed by fresher air up to 25th when heat lessens slightly and a very dry hot August predicted. Interesting to note that General TV and Newspaper weather reports seem to indicate this too. Perhaps for once we are all right!
Here is the Lunar Calender 2-18th July
2nd July - Moon descending in Virgo Root Day. Harvest Early potatoes/garlic and onions from now onwards.
3/4/5th July (up to 9.47am on 5th) Flower Days Moon in Libra. Plant out Cauliflowers sown 19-20th May making sure that you cover them up to 1st leaf and firm in well against wind rock later in year.
5-6th July - Leaf Days. No gardening before 10.35am on 6th Moon apogee (at furthest point from Earth so when working soil and tampering with plants weakens plants so an excellent time to weed and clear paths) Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbages sown 21-23rd May. Thin out salads sown 17-20th June.
7//8/9th July - Full Moon 5.06am 9th July - Moon switches to ascension 11.49am on 8th so mixed period for growth. Fruit Days - Start grafting apples/pears and plums. Sow some more courgettes for harvest in September. This particular sowing often avoids mildew.
10/11/12th July - Moon ascending in Capricorn so Root Days. Sow Turnips and Winter Carrots. No gardening before 11.25pm on 12th as noued descending (Just to remind you -This is when the Moon passes through the centre path of the eliptic path where it is inclined 5.09degrees. It crosses this point twice in the month. Once when Moon ascending and once when Moon descending- In both cases it is deemed to have harmful magnetic effects on plants)
13/14th July - Flower Days - In a nursery bed so pansies/violas bi annuals and perennials. In preference sow lupins where they are to flower as they do not like being transplanted. Gather herbs for tisanes.
15/16/17th July - Moon ascending in Pisces so Leaf Days. Sow Lambs Lettuce where peas or broad beans were planted. They will appreciate the nitrogen fixing material from roots that you should have left in the ground. Sow first Winter Lettuce for harvesting in Autumn and some Chinese Salads that appreciate a warm start and don't mind fresher Autumn Days when adult.
So there we are -another month starts and so much to do!! -Got chatting yesterday to my vegetable lady who sold me the rhubarb and gave me an artichoke plant to try, turns out she has a Biodynamic Market Garden -This I must see, she has invited me round next week, so I shall hopefully get lots of tips to pass on to you.
Please keep comments coming. I see lots of you follow this Thread-We do need more input!!!
Pushkin 'moling' on the lawn. Better go and rescue mole!!