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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:18

At last I seem to have got on top of my own Calender!! All very well for me to type what we should all be doing, but quite another thing to get it done! Farmer's Markets start at 6am and shortly we shall have evening one's as well! That leaves me (like many of you I realise) with lunch hours (Well we do get 2hrs in France!) and Mondays which we take as our Sunday. So - All plants doing well, and yes I did get the broccoli planted out according to Calender and am staggered that flower seedlings that T & M said would take 10 days to a fortnight are up within the week!

So here is the Lunar Calender for 20th-27th May as I am away at Farmer's Market in Calvados next w/e.

20th May Root Day Keep cucumber frames open even at night now and sow beetroot and chicory outside now. Sow Winter leeks in frames.

21/22 May Flower Days In nursery beds sow cauliflower and broccoli . Sow annuals where they are to flower like alyssum/poppies/godetias.

23/24 May The moon is now in the constellation of Pisces and this is the time to sow all types of lettuce inc, batavia/rocket and mesclun. Sow cardoons where they are to crop and sow brussel sprouts and winter cabbage in a nursery bed.

25th May Same as yesterday but no gardening after 1.55pm as the moon is starting to descend from maximum height and will prove ineffective in its powers when it is on the turn (noeud)

26th May Fruit Day Renew sowings of courgettes/cucumbers and gherkins.

Now I'm off to transplant 32 tomatoes (They all came up!!! and I hate waste)

Do let me know how you are all getting on.

Happy Gardening


Peach leaf Curl

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Thanks Verdun for sound advice, certainly can't say we haven't had any rain!! One thing that I have learnt out here is that the red vine peaches never get peach leaf curl. I was given one by a neighbour and it has moved house twice. Absolutely superb with no problems, a happy little tree and happily well away from the other one. These deep wine red peaches ripen much later than others and end up nice and sweet, they are primarily used out here to make jam. I think that you can get them in the UK now.

Peach leaf Curl

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:35

Totally demoralised - I have tried all the natural and chemical plus alternative treatments known to man, and I've still got peach leaf curl this year! However I have many peaches that seem to have set successfully. Should I just keep my fingers crossed or should I spray the tree with yet another product? Actually I am beginning to think that perhaps I should not do anything at all next year as if you think about it, in the wild peaches thrive with no leaf curl and plenty of fruit. Any brain waves??


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:31

Sowed peas according to Lunar Calender this year (See gardening by the moon thread) - First batch up and growing well. Second crop have just sprouted bang on time. But oh - what do we do with those d--- slugs?!!! 2 hedgehogs in the garden so slug pellets a 'no no' Beer seems to work, but not in the correct way - The slugs and snails just get fatter and greedier!!! Eggshells are totally ignored, and as for copper rings, they're totally ignored Can slugs jump?? They seem to get inside the ring and leap up the stalks of these poor unsuspecting peas!

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:25

Mine are thriving and ready to go outside. gather they do well in Stir Frys and raw in salad. eat just like Mange Touts, but be sure not to let them get too big.Supposed to taste like asparagus.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:56

Hi Melspade

Yes I will do it next year if anyone wants me to. You can still follow the Moon Calender even if you have planted out etc already, as there are plenty of other things coming up during the year in particular Winter sowings etc. This is my second year trial, and despite weather (which being opposite Jersey is the same as UK) I have been impressed and near enough accurate with sowings versus plantings out. Went to Garden Fair South of Paris last w/e and met 3 Lunar Nurseries - all had added labels to plants pointing out best times to transplant etc in co-ordination with the constellations. Unbelievable following out here. Bought some superb 17th Century Roses but just too windy to plant them out.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 09:43

Things growing really well this week. Off to Garden Fair south of Paris for the w/e so here is Lunar Calender for the week ahead 10th-18th May.

10th May Fruit Day Moon descending so time to plant (as opposed to sow) Aubergines/cucumbers (mine aren't up yet!) courgettes/pumpkins and squash plus melons peppers chillies and tomatoes (Bought some wonderful rare toms last w/e inc one from the Galapagos Islands and 2 from Portugal - Wonderful specialist at Plant Fair last Sunday)

11/12/13 May Root Days Thin out carrots/turnips/parsnips and radish. Earth up potatoes and plant leeks (No gardening on 12th until after 6pm)

14th May Flower Day Plant annuals and bulbs in borders. Prune spring shrubs that have finished flowering. Plant out begonias and geraniums sown 24th April

15th (after 10.32am changes from Flower to Leaf day) 16th/17th May Plant herbs associated as companions next to cabbage (tagetes) tomatoes (basil) carrots (chives) to deter pests. Mow lawns. Prick out sprouting brocoli and brussel sprouts (at last mine will be ready for this) sown 29-31 march

18th May No gardening until after 7pm then you can sow dwarf and climbing beans renewing sowings once a month on Fruit Days.

19th May sow all beans all day!

Happy gardening. How are you getting on - Any comparison reports yet??

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 13:12

Glad no gardening last 3 days. Weather dreadful here. herewith Lunar Calender 1st-9th May

1/2/3 May Rising Moon so Root Days Sow Parsnips/Salsify and Scorzonora where they are to stay outside.

4/5th May after 5.06pm on 3rd Flower Days commence. Plant out tuberous begonias/dahlias and gladioli.Plant out cauliflower and broccoli sown 28th Feb (Mine still very little - How are yours? seems a bit soon to plant out to me due to size) Prick out into pots petunias  and plant out Impatiens sown 1st March




6th May Leaf Day No Gardening before 4.25pm as moon 'apogee' Furthest point in cycle from Earth so no benefit. After this plant out endives sown 29/31st March 30cm apart allows them to spread for blanching later ready for harvest june/july. Prune evergreen hedges and carry out topiary.

7/8/9 May Fruit Days. Plant out where they are to fruit Aubergines/Peppers/Chillies/and Tomatoes sown 24-26th Feb. (I have pricked these out already - think they may be ready to plant on then - How are yours?) Plant out Courgettes sown 20/21 April. Plant in place Melons sown 1/2/April cover with cloches and in preference grow on mounds of compost. Prick out physalis sown 1/2 April. Keep an eye on all above for late frosts.

So there we are lots to do. I am off for 3 days to Salon Fleurs et Jardin at Le Vaudreuil south of Rouen. If I sell enough cupcakes I shall look out for some clematis and those illusive roses. David Austen the fashion here this year, but I do like buying the ancient french ones as well. Looking forward to seeing my 'rare herb' man the following w/e at Rond des Jardins at Evreux. 2 Moon Gardening Nurseries exhibit so should be able to pick up some more info for us all.


Happy Gardening and let me have your news.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:13

Hi everyone, hope you are having a good Easter. Potatoes in Bags came up 13th April so have topped them up with compost. Planted 17 more in new patch of ground on 14th. Here is Calender 21st - 27th April. Note Moon descending on 28th and Annual eclipse of the sun on 29th so no gardening on these days due to adverse connections with the earth.

21st April (Today) plus 22nd (in morning) - Sow cucumbers/courgettes/pumpkins/squash in greenhouse. Sow wrinkled peas and more broad beans outside. Prick out tomatoes and re-pot as necessary.

22nd April Root day - Sow carrots/beetroot/parsnips and radish outside.

23rd no gardening as moon furthest from earth so weak effect on plants.

24th April Flower Day. Sow annuals outside where they are to flower. In particular poppies including poppy plants.

25/26/27th April Leaf Days In a coldframe well exposed to light, sow celery. Sow leeks in veg patch. Sow bulbing fennel in greenhouse.

28/29/30th No gardening due to moon/sun plus constellations in total dis-array - Look out for orange coloured moon on 30th this  is supposed to foretell frost and chilly winds so young plants and early sowings should be protected with fleece. Last year I was interested to find that this colouring which occurs mostly in April proved to be true. So interested to get your comments.

Happy Gardening


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 06:41

Strength of moon affected by line of planets and sun in direct shadow, so no effects on plants - even though we can see it clearly from earth. Always get on with mowing/weeding etc instead on these days - or just RELAX!!

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