Posted: 21/03/2015 at 17:11
Well I'm all packed and ready to go off on my German Biodynamic Course on Monday armed with the obligatory samples of soil from North South East & West points in my garden plus some homemade compost for analysis. Hope I can get through it all and report back positively - No idea what to expect! Only 5 of us so should be fun. Think of me in the Hartz Mountains!!
Anyway here is the Lunar Calender for 22nd March - 4th April when I am back to report!! No gardening during the last 2 days due to the eclipse and high tides causing total disruption in the constellations. We've had high winds and very erratic temperatures but I still sowed Kale and Brussel Sprouts today being a Leaf Day.
22nd March - Leaf Day In sunny Nursery Bed sow Brussel Sprouts/Cabbage & Kale. For rapid sprouting sow lettuce and batavia in greenhouse 20-25C.
23rd March Fruit Day Start off melons & Cucumbers in greenhouse.(You could also sow late fruiting outdoor tomatoes now too - in greenhouse to give them a headstart)
24/25/26th March - Root Days Sow parsnips for Autumn cropping and plant white onion sets (I plant these to pull as Spring Onions - Much easier than seed) In Nursery Bed sow Leeks for Autumn cropping.
27/28th March - Flower Days Plant Gladioli and repeat every month on a Flower Day up to July to guarantee all Flowers all Summer. Prick out marigolds and geraniums sown 22/23rd January. Prick out Buzy Lizzies and Cauliflowers sown 19th February but keep in greenhouse.
29/30th March - Leaf Days Mow lawns and rake off moss. Spread Nitrogen rich feed on lawn. Cut edges of borders, and trim up lawn edging.
31st March and 1/2 April - Fruit Days Plant Strawberries enriching soil with compost. In greenhouse prick out aubergines/peppers and chillies sown 18-20th January and tomatoes sown 15-16th February - Thank goodness I'm back!!!
1st April No Gardening after 9am - Moon at lowest point on horizon from Earth so very weak forces on plants, causing risk of weak transplanting and sowing results.
3rd//5th April - (No gardening on 4th April Total Eclipse of the Moon at 1pm)- Root Days Plant Late Potatoes and earth up when growth is 25cms and not before to encourage strong stems on which tubers will sprout. (I've always earthed up as soon as leaves arrive - perhaps this is why my potatoes have never been that good! - any ideas on this one?) Prick out Leeks sown 21-22nd January. Prick out Celeriac sown 25-27th February. Thin Carrots sown 16-18th March.
Well so far so good this year - Things seem to have been going to plan. be good and stick to Calender whilst I'm away and Happy Gardening!!