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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 11:48

High winds and rain last week forced many things to be put off, but I am still pleased with progress of veg. First peas ready to eat today and brassicas shooting ahead. Just dreading arrival of caterpillars. Will scatter tansy amongst leaves as per last year which worked well, and probably cover with environmesh just to be sure. Tuscan Black Nero Kale coming on well, and planted tomatoes out yesterday saving some in greenhouse for earlier crops. Still a bit sceptical about Bio dynamic Weather predictions although they have been accurate for the past 3mths. Will carry on keeping personal diary and may add relevant points to Moon Calender after further research.

Anyway here is Lunar Calender 15-30th June 2015

15/16th June - Root Days Sow winter radishes and swedes. Renew sowings of carrots and parsnips.

17/18th June - Moon descending Flowers Days. Layer Wisteria and divide daffodils and tulips. storing best bulbs or replanting in new positions Plant out broccoli sown 12th May

19/20th June - Leaf Days Plant out celery sown 16-18th April Cut back the leaves and roots a little to give strength to new growth.

21/22/23rd June - Fruit Days Prune fanned fruit trees taking out non fruiting spurs to 5th leaf. Pot on tomatoes/cucumbers and courgettes for last time and trim leaves.

24/25/26th June Root Days Moon at lowest point in sky after 1.20pm on 24th June so no gardening. Harvest 1st early potatoes according to your needs as they don't keep well. Lift Garlic Onions & Shallots if leaves have yellowed. Thin out carrots and winter radish sown 6-7th June. plant out leeks sown 10-11th May.

27/28th June Flower Days Plant out cauliflowers sown 12th May and bury them up to 1st leaves water really well and keep moist for balance of Summer.

29/30th June Leaf Days Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Autumn Cabbages sown 13-16th May. Thin out lettuce and endive sown 9-12th June.

How are you getting on now that we are nearly 6mths into this year's Moon Calender. Impressed? Not impressed? - I'd love to know. Personally I am about 3 weeks ahead of traditional gardening calender - So really chuffed.

Talkback: Caterpillars

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 13:34

My spindle tree has been attacked this year too - It recovered really well last year with no treatment - Caterpillars have to eat something! and it's better than losing the cabbage family!! Talking of which, scrunch up some tansy leaves in your hands and scatter them over your brassicas. Cabbage white butterflies don't like this. Whilst writing BIG THANK YOU for last year's advice re sawfly. Those gooseberries that I replanted in matting have not been attacked - Treated those left behind in fruit bed with tons of soapy water - worked well.

PROMO CODE

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 11:12

That's the problem with the big boys - Very little support. A great shame particularly as NGS charities are such a good cause. Short sighted I think.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 10:59

Hi everyone - So so pleased to get my Computer back today - Just can't handle keyboard on Tablet! Thank goodness you all seem to be up to date. I popped Mangetouts in last night and am delighted with 1st and 2nd crop peas. Spent w/e at Gastronomic Fair and met nice young biodynamic gardener, who agrees with me that us Moon gardeners are easily 2/3 weeks ahead of anyone else! He made the most amazing nettle jam, which I shall mix with creamy goat cheese and turn into savoury muffins . Anyway onto Calender 29th May-14th June

29/30th May Root Days with moon descending. Plant out leeks sown 24-26th March, remembering to trim tops and roots before re planting to ensure stronger growth (I always worried about weakening the plant but actually this does seem to regenerate it.) To counter attack potential carrot fly plant these leeks in between your rows of carrots. Thin out beetroot sown 10-11th May.

31st May 1st June - Flower Days Cut out unwanted spurs from climbing roses/clematis/honeysuckle and wisteria - Will grow strongly now as moon coming to full and changing to ascending position so drawing on sap levels to generate new growth.Thin out cauliflowers & broccoli sown 12th May. Firm soil down well (I am trying Biodynamic method of growing these in blocks of 6 closer together to keep ground covered and leaves will give shade to ground thus needing less watering if Summer turns out hot.

2/3 June - Leaf Days Trim hedges in particular evergreens. Prick out cabbages sown 13-16th May Thin out salad crops and keep damp to give disturbed roots a 'lift'

4/5/6th June - Moon ascending Fruit Days - Sow all types of beans in pockets of 3-5 seeds where they are to crop. Sow nasturtiums beside them to to attract pests away from growing shoots (Excellent Blackfly deterrent if mixed amongst Broad Beans) Sow sweetcorn for the beans to climb up or as supports for tomatoes. (This is practised in the South of France) and works really well,

7th June - Root Day Sow chicory to force later in year. Sow carrots again especially mixed colours as sprout better if sown later than standard origianl varieties.

8/9th June Flower Days Harvest and dry flowers for tisannes and decorations. Sow Bi annuals and perrenials in nursery bed.

10/11/12th June Leaf Days No gardening before 10.50am on 10th as Moon at highest point so magnetic forces too weak to draw up plants Moving in front of Pisces Cancer and Scorpio this is the ideal time to cut herbs/nettles and comfrey to make brews to rev up the production cycle in your garden. Sow Chinese & Italian Salad crops . Renew lettuce sowings with varieties that will put up with heat and dry conditions.

13/14th June Fruit Days Sow Outdoor cucumbers/ gherkins and courgettes in pockets of 3/4 seeds. Sow sweetcorn again and more beans.

There we are back up to date. Weekend off thank goodness, so can leap into potager and weed flower beds!! Garden looks wonderful, but on close inspection lots of baddies to be pulled out!!! Happy Gardening.

PROMO CODE

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 10:21

Actually over the moon with the seed and germination quality - Just the service or lack of!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:19

Went to first major plant fair of the Season here in Normandy and treated myself to 3 Echium Pininana 'Blue Steeple' - As an exhibitor I picked them up for £12 instead of £21 so really chuffed. Wonderful Nursery near Calais which I must make a note to visit when I next go through the Tunnel. Thrilled and stunned to see cucumbers/courgettes and Cosmos sowed only days ago sprouted in greenhouse!! Peas are peeping through and German Salad Turnips sprouting! How are you getting on?

Here is Lunar Calender 21April to 3rd May Note Moon rising until 22nd April then starting to descend. So descending moon from 23rd April -7th May good for sowing and transplanting fruit and veg and flowers that need time to establish root systems.

21/22 April - Root Days Sow salsify and scorzonora/Parsnips & Summer Turnips, covering with a fine soil and keep moist.

23/24 April - Flower Days In mild regions plant out annuals sown 22-23 January. Plant our Cauliflowers and Broccoli sown 19th Feb. I shall be planting much closer together than 70cms recommended. My Broccoli are only 20cms apart and thriving plus giving super crops - Also easier to cover against pigeons and Cabbage ahite Butterflies in groups (Squares in preference)

25/26 April Leaf Days Plant out salad crops but keep covered for added protection against sharp frosts which can be indicated by an Orange tinge to the moon and/or a halo from 18th April - 12th May.

27/28/29 April - Fruit Days Plant Aubergines/Chillies/Peppers and Tomatoes sown 15/16 Feb. Plant Cucumbers sown 14/16 March and Courgettes and Pumpkins/Squash sown 10-12th April to larger pots or Nursery Plot to grow on a little before final places. Hold back if too cold and wet (A spell of this weather is predicted at this time) Do not garden on 29th as Moon at closest point to Earth and in conflict with Scorpio.

30 April 1/2/3 May - Root Days Prick out all root crops coming on including celeriac sown 25-27th Feb.Don't garden on 1st May before 3.50pm then transfer young crops to final positions. Thin out parsnips sown 24-26th March and Carrots & Turnips sown 13-14 April Hoe well between rows and mulch squares between plants or sow radish to keep ground covered.

Good Luck and Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 14:53

With the Moon rising between the 12th-22nd April - Now is the time to repeat sow crops (eg peas again on next Fruit Day) It is also the time to harvest early leaf crops like young dandelions for salads and outer leaves of lettuce plus young radish and turnip tops. Talking of turnips -they grow well beside peas/beans/lettuce & tomatoes but not next to any of the onion family. As we're in Root Days sow beetroot in a South facing position and ensure that they stay moist. They love seaweed plus contain good mineral elements to feed back to plants by way of the water that they are cooked in, so don't throw this away. Avoid growing them next to carrots/leeks/potatoes or tomatoes. The latter two are too hungry to withstand competition from the growing Beet and carrots and leeks do not like manure, preferring sandy conditions. Beetroot do well planted next to garlic/celery/cabbage/shallots/spinach/lettuce/onions & radish so plenty of choices. Learnt all this on Companion Planting Section of my Course. Hope it helps as a guide. Off to plant new German Salad Turnips!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 14:36

Ideally yes, but obviously rotten weather could effect this decision. Generaly I have found that uncannily weather conditions have proved to be OK. For example today started cool/mizzly then cold and heavy rain, now it is warm and sunny - As a Fruit Day we are supposed to sow cucumbers/courgettes/balance of toms and melons. This morning I would not have dreamed of it - This afternoon certainly seems OK. Also glad I sowed peas yesterday as weather fine compared to today.

If you can - wait until next available Fruit/Leaf/Flower/Root Day simply because it gives plants best start, but certainly not obligatory, OR give plants additional protection like fleece/cloches. (I have covered the pea sowing with environmesh as I don't trust the weather or those pesky mice! - Cats still not pulling their weight)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 15:00

Well done - Great to hear good results. Opened my garden to the public for the first time over Easter w/e and response consistently ' How come your potatoes are up already?! My broad beans aren't in flower yet! Your onions from seed are so well advanced! You've got lettuce ready to eat! Your peas are up!' Very rewarding - Good old Moon! Even the flower beds look good, and I'm not a great flower person except in Spring when I love to play with design ideas, and I love roses and clematis in Summer. Have trimmed and pruned as per flower day instructions and all looks good. Best blossom ever on Peche de Vigne but Peach Leaf Curl back again on Flat Peach Tree - Just can't get rid of it. Loads of garlic and Onion Juice rubbed on bark and around leaf points apparently works - Will have to try it.

 

 

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 09:46

Hi - I'm back and full of new and useful ideas for all to share. Course not as technical as I had feared, much more hands on with logical reasons for vertually everything with some hocus pocus thrown in, which I feel is too 'off the wall' to be taken seriously, so I shall not cover these points. Tips and Wrinkles excellent, mainly to do with recycling within the garden - eg. Don't waste money on Rafia for tying plants in - Use old Leaves from Gladioli, stripping them in half like papyrus, they stay soft yet firm and are wonderful for tying in soft growth like clematis. Just a note on best transplanting dates:-10th April and 23rd April.Due to rain and warmth pending to give surprisingly good growing days for April.Best time to control slugs - 25-27th April due to excessuve humidity in soil predicted during this week (See - I've learnt some new things!!) Will expand on all info during next week, but here is the Lunar Calender 6th April-23rd April

6/7th April - Flower Days Plant out container grown Perrenials and Shrubs including those retained in Nursery Beds. Prune forsythia/flowering currant to allow air to roots and plant out cauliflowers/broccoli sown 22-23 January.

8/9th April - Leaf Days Plant out lettuces sown 19-22nd March and prick out Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts/Kale sown the same dates (Mine should be ready to do by then as found them sprouted on my return yesterday). If you haven't grown your own buy and plant out herbs, remembering not only the good position beside the Kichen Door, but around square beds as Companion Plants. Thyme deter slugs/Chives deter Carrot Fly/Sage & Tansy deter butterflies from laying eggs on brassicas as hate smell (Brush brassicas regularly with bruised leaves of these herbs) Don't forget to buy in Comfrey Plants to make Teas to feed plants later in year. And - leave nettles alone at key points to eat young in soups and to encourage Peacock Butterflies.Keep sowing lettuces/rocket and spinach on leaf days for salads.

10/11/12th April - Fruit Days Sow Courgettes//Pumpkins in pots placing seed edge up to avoid rotting. The French recommend peat pots but I know that you may resist this - The Germans recommend a mix of home compost with no manure added. Grow on in greenhouse or closed cold frame at 18-20C and place 3 seeds per pot choosing the strongest once sprouted. (I can never resist keeping 2 out of 3 and transplanting No2 to second pot (Greedy! and I feel sorry for healthy No2!) Sow Wrinkled peas like Kelvedon Wonder outside next to Early Peas which should be rocketing on now. Do not sow them next to Broad Beans they will not get on together (Not sure why - but French & Germans adament on this one) If you are grafting fruit trees - now is the time to seal grafts onto old stock.

13/14th April - Root Days Sow turnips outside to harvest in 2 months time. Plant out beetroot grown in trays in adjacent row and sow carrots next to leeks to discourage carrot fly.

15th April - Flower Day Sow where you wish them to flower all hardy annuals including sunflowers. Sow balance of annuals that are frost tender undercover for planting out in May.

16/17/18th April - Leaf Days Sow Celery in Nursery Bed under cover (Soil temp in preference 11c (I still sow in Cold greenhouse this early) Sow outside Swiss Chard/Spinach and Beetroot (For leaves) - Make sure that you water the soil that the seed is going to lie on -then cover with dry soil, allowing dawn dew to keep soil moist as plenty of rain still around to water for you.

19th April - Fruit Day - Sow Cucumbers if you missed the first date due to cold and final tomatoes for growing on in greenhouse. Sow Dwarf Beans in wide deep pots to grow on in greenhouse until May when they can be transplanted as a bunch outside.

20/21/22nd/23rd April - Root Days Sow Salsify & Scorzonera/Parsnips

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