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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:11

Well that weather has changed as predicted - So glad I potted up some treasures for moving earlier this week. Rain wind and horrors today. Glad we have a Plant Fair Indoors tomorrow. Going to sell plants I don't want anymore to raise dosh for new goodies for new garden!!!

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:01

Hi Everyone - Here are a couple of tips I picked up this morning from a Nurseryman who only plants according to the Lunar Cycle - When transplanting welsh onions/chives or leeks, trim their roots and divide clumps on a descending Moon in preference during the constellation Cancer or Scorpio (Leaf Days) thus guaranteeing fast establishment and strong plants.

Here is the Lunar Calender 17th-31st March

17th March - Flower Day Moon Descending in Libra. Prick out Cauliflowers and Broccoli and Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) sown 26th Feb. Prune Summer flowering shrubs.

18/19th March - Leaf Days Moon in Scorpio - No gardening after 12.30pm on 18th Moon apogee (Furthest point in cycle from Earth)Plant asparagus. Split clumps of chives or Welsh Onions (Use tip obtained this am) Continue blanching dandelions (These are fantastic raw sprinkled with olive oil and tossed with hot crispy bacon as a warm salad and garnished with garlic croutons) Plant rhubarb and bush herbs.Prick out cabbages sown 1-3rd Feb. Thin out spinach and lettuce sown 28th Feb 1/2 march.

20/21/22nd March - Fruit Days Moon ascending from 5.24am on 21st in Sagittarius. Sow Round Peas and Broad Beans outside, earthing up well once they have sprouted. Graft Fruit Trees.

23/24th March Root Days - Sow Carrots/Radishes and Beetroot for early crops outside.

25/26th March Flower Days - Moon ascending -Despite winds and variable weather predicted Sow first annuals outside and sweet peas.

27/28/29/30th March - New Moon 3.57am 28th March - Leaf Days No gardening after 8.25am on 30th Moon at nearest point to Earth i Cycle (perigee) - In a well exposed Nursery Bed sow Cabbages/Brussell Sprouts and Salad crops. Under Heat sow Rocket/Parsley (Pour boiling water over Parsley Seed first) and Chervil. On 30th at 10.53am Moon moves into Aries so Fruit Day starts -Sow Melons.

31st March - Root Day Sow more Radishes.

Happy Gardening and Keep all comments and extra info coming!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 15:35

Pushkin fine -Now looking for more trouble -We moved trailer to load up with garden bits and bobs and to his delight he found various carcasses stashed away by Boots the Bengal in different states of decay! 2 Rabbit Ears, 1 Large Wing (Pheasant?) and Best end of Rat promptly carried into house by one very happy kitten. Smacked bottom and thrown out again with the debris!!! Oh Joy!. Still I am over the Moon (Ouch I didn't mean that!) Last Month on a Lunar Fruit Day, I stuck Redcurrant and Gooseberry Prunings into ground and they have taken!!! So now I have last year's Baby Blackcurrants to move plus reds and goosegogs -Absolutely delighted.

Watch out for Lunar Calender tomorrow.-Before Calva with Builders! (hic)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:44

Great info all round thank you. -French Builders shook their heads in disbelief at my request! - Still they didn't say 'no' and coming round for a 'calva'* on Friday *Calvados. (They don't do Builders Tea here -Beer and Calva the accepted ritual drink when negotiating important matters like scaffolding planks!!!)

Anyway -Lots more plants that I had forgotten about moving now sprouting, so outside with the fork and trowel again this afternoon -O/H going mad 'How many trailer trips will this be?' Was this morning's exasperated question 'Lots!' I replied. Pushkin stuck up poplar tree wailing -highest he has climbed O/H fetching ladder. Must go!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:58

Now that's interesting Liriodendron -what crops did you grow and how did you lay them out? Interesting Bean Rail Fixings here (Side poles screwed to frames either at the back or in the centre) _ Which tree seeds did you buy GWRS. Hope you have a good walk. Did any of you see the Moon last night -absolutely stunning but slightly orange which denotes frost -and 'yes' we had a hard frost this am. Very high tide today - usually dsignates change in weather again -And I thought Summer was coming!! Shall now go across the road and ask builders if I can have their scaffolding planks when they've finished as they are building a new house -They can only say 'no'!! -Brilliant idea Thank You.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 10:15

Hi Everyone

Garden Centres here selling  1.20m x1.20 x 20-30cmshigh beds which is crazy as tiny!!!

Plant Fair turned out to be a Tree Fair which was brilliant because I got lots of tips on moving my larger shrubs at this time of year. Not as difficult as I had thought, so leaping into the graden this afternoon as bright and sunny and warm!! 18c here this w/e -Im sure it won't last so must make the most of it. I am going to try 5 - 2m x 1m beds and O/H is being sent off to do a reccy of the sawmill locally as been tipped off that you can buy offcuts cheap.. Also thinking of filling the beds diagonally with herbs and bee plants in the corners. trouble is most of the books that I have looked at make everything pretty pretty, which is fine but we want to munch our way through everything all the time!! Tried diagonally before and it really works plus looks good.

Video sound really good Gardengirl, will follow with interest.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 16:07

Great to hear from you both. Off to first Garden Fair of the Season this w/e. Did you see James Martin (chef) on 'Adventures in France' going round Monet's Garden? Looked really nice.

Planning Raised Bed designs for new garden - What size are your Obelixx? 1.20 x1.20 x 20cms available in Garden Centres now just seem too small to me. Want to instruct other half to get building! What length/width and height did you go for. New article in Garden Mag about Lunar Gardening in association with Compass Points today. Will precis it here when I have got my head around what on earth they are talking about next week on my return!

Have a good w/e and Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:52

Hi Everyone

Glad to see the back of February with high winds and rain. March promises a quieter month with warm Springlike weather predicted 6th-14th. Unfortunately much colder again from 15th-19th with more rain or perhaps snow forecast 16/17th. Cold and dry from 20th but high winds coming in again towards the 29th. The month however will end up warming up again which is good news.

March is a great month for pruning hedges as the sap is not quite rising in earnest, try to do this on a descending Moon Day, anytime between the 7-20th of this month. Good tip re. Onions and shallots -To avoid bolting plant out sets or prick out seedlings on Root Days during a descending Moon eg. 13-15th March.

Here is the Lunar Calender 1st-16th March 2017

1/2nd March - Moon rising in Pisces so Leaf Days. Sow lettuce/rocket and dandelion in Nursery Beds lightly fleeced or under cloches.

3rd March - Fruit Day No gardening before 12.40am as Moon perigee (nearest to Earth) after this sow cucumbers and melons in heated greenhouse or on windowsill above radiator. (Don't let them dry out but just 'mist' them.

4/5/6th March - Moon in Taurus. Root Days. Sow celeriac under heat keeping seeds damp but remembering to lift and drain off plastic lids if they have condense. In Nursery Bed outside sow Autumn Leeks.

7/8th March - Moon in Gemini the Air sign so Flower Days Prune roses down to ground level (French method)  that flower all season.Prick out cauliflowers in  frames and pelargoniums into pots sown the end of January.

9th March - Leaf Day Plant asparagus and potted evergreen shrubs/trees.

10/11/12th March - Fruit Days -Full Moon on the 12th and no gardeing on the 11th as Noeud, which when running into Full Moon usually means very unsettled weather and magnetic forces al over the place so new plantings weak and weedy plus prone to disease and fungal infections. Finish pruning Bush Fruit and grapevines. Prick out aubergines/peppers and chillies sown 24-27th January Earth up peas sown 4th February. and net them to stop birds from pecking the young growth.

13/14/15/ and am 16th March - All Root Days - Moon descending in Virgo so get those onions and shallots pricked out or new sets in as per above tip to avoid bolting. Plant early potatoes/jerusalem artichokes and horseradish. Thin out carrots sown 24/25th Feb.

So there we are -up and running into another month. Great to have lighter evenings already. Starting to move plants gradually to new home next week. Luckily only a few miles away so can do 2 trips a day. Nothing can go in the ground as yet so moving everything in pots.Garden Fairs start beginning of April -I am already making a Shopping List and that's before I've done a soil test which is a bit daft!

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 11:47

Hi - Great news, moving beginning April. New garden laid down to massive lawn with gravel areas, so new challenges ahead. That lawn won't stay! Well maybe some of it will, but I do fancy popping herbs and lavender beds in non used gravel areas - Has anyone done this -Any tips?? - Pushkin and Bengal will love it as deep hedges to hunt in and a stream bordering the field next door -A touch of fishing with paws perhaps? - Anyway the Gardening Books are spread all over the lounge floor and O/H is tutting and emitting deep sighs already -He has been sent out to find materials to make Raised Beds for the new Potager this morning! - GWRS great idea re Blackberries - I have taken cuttings from some wild ones which were particularly tasty, as for potting up, keep finding new joys sprouting in existing garden to move on so with clock ticking and one eye on the Lunar Calender to make sure that I lift/transfer/take cuttings etc on the correct day, v.v. busy. Glad your chest cold is better -my cough won't go -Need some decent weather. Talking of which -watch out for Weather and Lunar Calender for March tomorrow. Re moling -Bengal catches anything but dog better at moling. Push hasn't met one yet.

Happy Gardening from a Happy Biofreak!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 15:11

Hi everyone

Isn't it great to grow our own veg and salads -No shortages! Japanese onions coming on really well and picked a few young beetroot tops to add to salads yesterday. Did meet snow in UK end last week as Moon predicted -Not sure where the next lovely warm spell fits in in my previous notes!!! - But I shall make the most of it as not working this w/e. Pushkin minus one toe but back to usual tricks which include hunting hedgehogs in old brushwood that I piled up on top of dead shrub. Has caught 2 mice in greenhouse since operation and learning how to 'vole' from Boots the Bengal who has decided that it is quite fun to have a youngster to train up.

Here is Lunar Calender 19th -28th Feb

19/20th Feb - Moon descending in Scorpio so Leaf Days - If weather mildm trim evergreen hedges and tidy up topiary. Prick out lettuces sown 1-3rd Feb keepuing them warm and under cover. Start protecting tender crops from slugs and snails who are waking up now.

21/22/23rd Feb - Moon in Sagittarius so Fruit Days - Sow tomatoes in heated greenhouse (18-20C) Repeat sowings of aubergines/peppers and chillies.

24/25th Feb - Sow Carrots and Radish under frames mixing them together, so you end up pulling radishes first thus leaving room for carrots to grow on.

26/27th Feb - Eclipse of the Moon in descending noued so no gardening on 26th. - Flower Days -In a sunny nursery bed outside sow Cauliflowers and Romanesco about 10cms deep. Indoors under heat sow Buzy Lizzies and Petunias.

28th Feb - Leaf Day -Sow Spring Spinach in shallow rows (about 2cms deep) This crop will be ideal to pick young for Spring Salads.

and that's it -another month flies away. - It's no good -despite planning a move, I just have to sow something, and move crop on in pots!!! This Gardening Bug is just TOO strong!!

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