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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 15:43

Thanks for info. So good to compare notes and chat. Pushkin lost the mole as it trundled into the shrubbery leaving a mini mountain range behind it - Not seen again thank goodness. lily Beetle is a pain -I don't know anyone with an answer to the problem except perhaps moving-I have seen none here, but they do tend to appear when bulbs sprout and we moved well after that. Waiting for mine to flower. So so pleased I moved all my garden -Found out this morning that new owners have left it totally untended and now like a field -so so sad -They say never go back. Thank goodness I moved my treasures. Off to plant cuttings of lovely white buddlea I pinched from Market Carpark this morning - Perfume absolutely stunning. Horrible mornings getting darker now. 5.30am (4.30 with you) does not suit me at all. Still the birds were singing already which was cheering. Pushkin determined to go swimming in waterbutt last night -Caught him trying to prise the lid off. Off to UK next week (One day only Deal on The Shuttle) Looking forward to getting little foody extras we have run out of including some more Bean Sticks)

Happy gardening!

Planning ahead

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 15:29

I am useless when it comes to growing onions from seed, and I have always found Japanese Onion Sets in UK from September onwards. Normal Onion sets don't seem to like me either , but I can vouch for the Japanese ones. You can never have enough of them. In France they say don't water Onions after the Longest Day as they will not swell anymore. Don't know if this saying is in the UK as well.


Posted: 06/07/2017 at 15:23

Thank you so much for helpful info. Baby figs should ripen in Normandy -At least the Garden Centre and Garden Mag I get weekly say they do. Should I fleece the plant?? It is in an enormous pot against a SW Wall and boasts Borage as a Companion plant and a self sown Flax Flower. They make a happy trio! No I did not know about pinching out the shoots - Too late now (Is it??) and do you cut them back to nearest bud like roses.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 15:45

Great to have this feedback. I didn't really want the artichoke but it was a present, prefer the Jerusalem ones. Am going to give Rhubarb their own raised bed as Bio Market Garden lady and ancient norman neighbour have done this successfully. As I have 3 plants -I'll try one in the Border as well.

You are so lucky to have horses next door. All Trotters up here unless you go to the local Riding School. Having Showjumped and had Arabs -I really miss riding quality stock.

Anyway. Bengal just had fight with local Tomcat who was in OUR garden -Must go and referee with a bucket of water. Also lawnmower has gone quiet which means O/H is waiting for cup of tea!

Did you see the Moon last night? Stunning. Thick Sea mist this morning -Very magical walk along beach.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 16:03


Staked Broad Beans yesterday and netted raspberries as thrushes threatening to attack. Big birds not on Cat List -wrens are a Puss preference. I was given a Globe Artichoke. Bought sack of horse manure from Super Market and Bio Compost as mine nowhere near ready yet. Gosh I wish we had our UK stables back -I used to grow everything on the muck heap! - Can I grow Rhubarb in pot or as book says will it be allright in border. Ideas welcome! Same question for Globe Artichoke.

Planning ahead

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:21

Japanese Onions planted as sets in polystyrene tubs (Grocers Broccoli Boxes ideal) guaranteed success overwintered in greenhouse. Best onions that I have ever grown - Harvested without transplanting at all end May beginning June -Also can be topped for salads and lifted as Spring Onions if you have too many. I got 30 to a box. You can grow them outside but you would need to cover them with straw in the Winter.


Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:11

I have 3 beautiful figs on my 3yr old tree, please can you tell me how to tell when they are ripe. Also do I need to feed a fig, and how do I care for it maintaining the baby fruit in Winter. Last year they all fell off except these 3.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 12:04

Hi Everyone

Talking of weeds GWRS just read article about making use of them other than chucking on the compost heap. chop them up roots and all and put in potato sack. submerge this in container of rainwater for 1 week. Lift out and throw contents of bag on compost heap then dilute fermented liquid 1 x 10parts water and water salads in particular to stimulate growth. This preperation releases nitrogen absorbed by the weeds in the air and concentrates it into a wonderful brew. This recipe according to the article is courtesy of Maria Thun who practised biodyversity methods which are now continued by her son an whom I have followed closely with interest. Also I bought 3 Rhubarb plants yesterday as spending too much money buying rhubarb for puds/cakes etc and I want to use the leaves as a maceration (Same recipe as for weeds) against black spot on roses/rust on leeks and most important against slugs and snails.

So July according to Bio Calender is predicted to be hot/humid and thundery with particular emphasis on 10-14th July for strong heat 16-23rd for thunderstorms and heavy rain followed by fresher air up to 25th when heat lessens slightly and a very dry hot August predicted. Interesting to note that General TV and Newspaper weather reports seem to indicate this too. Perhaps for once we are all right!

Here is the Lunar Calender 2-18th July

2nd July - Moon descending in Virgo Root Day. Harvest Early potatoes/garlic and onions from now onwards.

3/4/5th July (up to 9.47am on 5th) Flower Days Moon in Libra. Plant out Cauliflowers sown 19-20th May making sure that you cover them up to 1st leaf and firm in well against wind rock later in year.

5-6th July - Leaf Days. No gardening before 10.35am on 6th Moon apogee (at furthest point from Earth so when working soil and tampering with plants weakens plants so an excellent time to weed and clear paths) Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbages sown 21-23rd May. Thin out salads sown 17-20th June.

7//8/9th July - Full Moon 5.06am 9th July - Moon switches to ascension 11.49am on 8th so mixed period for growth. Fruit Days - Start grafting apples/pears and plums. Sow some more courgettes for harvest in September. This particular sowing often avoids mildew.

10/11/12th July - Moon ascending in Capricorn so Root Days. Sow Turnips and Winter Carrots. No gardening before 11.25pm on 12th as noued descending (Just to remind you -This is when the Moon passes through the centre path of the eliptic path where it is inclined 5.09degrees. It crosses this point twice in the month. Once when Moon ascending and once when Moon descending- In both cases it is deemed to have harmful magnetic effects on plants)

13/14th July - Flower Days - In a nursery bed so pansies/violas bi annuals and perennials. In preference sow lupins where they are to flower as they do not like being transplanted. Gather herbs for tisanes.

15/16/17th July - Moon ascending in Pisces so Leaf Days. Sow Lambs Lettuce where peas or broad beans were planted. They will appreciate the nitrogen fixing material from roots that you should have left in the ground. Sow first Winter Lettuce for harvesting in Autumn and some Chinese Salads that appreciate a warm start and don't mind fresher Autumn Days when adult.

So there we are -another month starts and so much to do!! -Got chatting yesterday to my vegetable lady who sold me the rhubarb and gave me an artichoke plant to try, turns out she has a Biodynamic Market Garden -This I must see, she has invited me round next week, so I shall hopefully get lots of tips to pass on to you.

Please keep comments coming. I see lots of you follow this Thread-We do need more input!!!

Pushkin 'moling' on the lawn. Better go and rescue mole!!

Happy Gard

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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 16:59

Thanks for all the great advice. Have found 2 good american sites as only want ideas to work from as have made 3 gardens from scratch before. This is just a fun challenge. -I moved with 310 plants instead of the 60 chosen! Rose Garden is in. Raised beds are in. Back Flower Border for Spring and Autumn is in. Fruits Bed is in -Now  am challenged with S/W facing bank with dry neutral clay soil. and I would like to do something with the gravel area which surrounds the house. Only been here 2 months so have a achieved alot and all 310 plants in!! So far have added Rock Roses/Day Lilies/Teddy Bear Conifers/Grasses/Red Hot Pokers/Geums/and potentillas to bank plus Azaleas for height. All very happy.

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Posted: 28/06/2017 at 14:56

OUCH!!! I'm not mean as intimmated, just not good with technology and I do not want to spend out on something that I do not understand. Quite happy to pay if it fits the bill. I have half an acre of lawn and gravel, so a joyful blank canvas. I have started with structural planting, but need ideas to infill vast tracts of green and gravel, playing with shapes -light and shade. I just felt an App would help. Better House and Gardens do a nice one, but I was looking for alternatives.

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