Posted: 19/07/2017 at 12:12
Hope all your plants have not been washed away -Thrilled to fill rain barrels again yesterday. Farmers Market on the beach cancelled due to thunderstorms, so leapt into action despite rain and planted out pumpkins/courgettes and cucumbers into the raised beds as they were climbing out of their pots! Now need to plant out peas/celery and beetroot, oh - and baby broccoli (8 left standing after slug attack!)
Here is the Lunar Calender until the end of the month
19/20/21st July - Moon ascending in Taurus so Root Days. Sow Winter Radishes/Turnips and Carrots.On 21st avoid gardening after 1.05pm as Moon is perigee and at closest point to earth so negative effect on plants especially new sowings..
22nd July - Flower Day Moon on turn to descend. . Take cuttings from Summer flowering shrubs. I have added a 2nd Buddlea to my pickings bed -a beautiful deep purple to match the white which has taken root already.
23/24th July - Leaf Days - New Moon 10.45am on 23rd - Start blanching endive to sweeten the leaves which will be ready in 10-14 days time.
25/26th July - Moon descending in Leo so Fruit Days. On 25th no gardening recommended before 6.55am as noued ascending (I don't think that you would be outside then anyway! Darker in the mornings already here which is sad) Prune Apples and Pears/ Nip tops out of tomatoes courgettes, cucumbers and pumpkins to encourage fruit to ripen and form. Cut down Fruited Raspberries, add compost to baby strawberry plants to give them a boost before Autumn. (I scatter ash around raspberries and strawberries from now onwards after bonfires and then top with manure in October before frosts)
27/28/29th July - Root Days again Prepare New Onion Beds for sowing 6-8th August. Do not add manure or sow them in the same bed as this year.Lift current crops of onions/garlic and shallots. Lift potatoes and thin turnips and carrots sown 10-12th July and beetroot sown 21-23rd July
30/31st July - Flower Days Moon descending in Libra. Plant or divide Irises and Day Lilies. Start planting out Autumn Bulbs. Try some Saffron Bulbs -They seem to be much cheaper this year and you only need a couple of stamens to make a tasty rice dish. (Or you could use pot Marigold which imparts the same flavour!) - Don't forget to add chive flowers to salads and crystallise Day Lilies and Rose Petals for Cake decorations on Flower Days.
So there we have it -July will be over in a fortnight. I find that depressing, but then I look at the new garden and am thrilled to see what I have achieved in just 3 months and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Just in passing I have woven the young variegated dog wood branches through trellis and looped my clematis around them. Works a treat as they are so stretchy and the variagated leaves look stunning against my purple Jackmanni. Just keep taking the tips off the dogwood so it does not cover the clematis.
My new Bio-dynamic Book is a bit 'off the wall' but I am persevering -Once I think I understand it -I shall let you know!! -But don't hold your breath! Are there any Biodynamic Gardeners out there to join this Thread??
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