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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 16:27

Waiting for central heating oil delivery today - don't like the smell of the lorry fumes, gives me dreadful head. No change to Lunar Calender today from 15/16/17th so will give you next 14 days tomorrow. Bear with me, have to wait by phone for this delivery man, as they always get lost, even when they've been before!!

Beautiful day. Hope it lasts.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 14:00

I crystalise the flowers of violets and primroses to decorate my Easter Chocolate Cakes. The French do not decorate their cakes with bunnies and chicks but make chocolate models of hens and rabbits, preferring to decorate the cakes with fruit and flowers. Primroses look stunning. Sowed Tomatoes/Aubergines/Peppers/Chillies and Water Melons in trays yesterday. Now covering kitchen table as too cold in greenhouse (Only 10 Degrees) - I know it's too soon, but always worth a go. Also popped 40 Petit Provencal Peas in a tray (covered with a cloche as advised Nanny) Left that in greenhouse with Boots the Bengal standing guard! Did anyone else sow or plant over the w/e?? Notice my weather report right so far - Hurray!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 15:06

Oh he's just a pudycat!! - He did eat the neighbour's rabbit last Summer, and he did chase a labrador down the road when it cocked it's leg on HIS gate. As Bengals are a cross between a Domestic and an Asian Leopard Cat heralding from the USA - I would expect him to be a little on the wild side - But he's still just a pudycat!.

The Ascending and Descending Moon is of more importance to gardeners than the Waxing and Waning Moon - The latter being used more closely in relation to Mood Swings . Originally it was believed that the light of the Moon was of prime importance to the reactions of plants, but following scientific studies, and the close links with tidal flows - It has been accepted that the position of the Moon in relation to the Earth and the Sun, has a more pronounced effect, which is strengthened or weakened by the Waxing and Waning, as it is by the positioning of other Planets and Constellations. - I agree it sounds confusing , but it also makes perfect sense, particularly if you test plant - ie Grow and harvest a row of plants conventionally and one by the Moon. The Conventional plot (without the aid of artificial fertilisers and chemical prevention of pests) will show a marked difference by being up to  a week to 10 days behind  in growth/ripening and harvesting.

An easy guide to Working with the Moon is:- When  the Moon is Rising - Sow/Graft/Harvest Leaf Vegetables Flowers Seed Crops (Peas Beans) & Fruits

When the Moon is Descending - Prepare and enrich the soil/Thin and Prick out seedlings/Take Cuttings split and layer plants. Pinch out tips and prune. Harvest Root vegetables.

First Snowdrops out today!!! Started to crystallise 1st primroses for Easter.

Happy Gardening


Used Tea Bags

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 14:24

Can't agree with the Curry Powder thread - Boots the Bengal munches his way through the Curry Plant Bushes and is keen on Jalfreezi! I've never heard of plastic tea bags either - Do you mean those outers that contain tea that you put in Expresso Machines?

pancake day

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 15:04

Husband still not keen on me even attempting this year!!! - and dog's already hiding! We're having Bread & Butter Pudding which I can make!!!!! My Mum's a Scot so weaned on Scottish Pancakes and those I can make! - Great if you add a spoonful of golden syrup to the mix before you cook them.

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 14:58

My last batch are now in their 4th year in tubs outside. A wonderful present that just go on and on - I have added irises/small daffs and tulips amongst the geraniums (only a long narrow earthenware tub - and they all flower before the geraniums so gives a great show.


Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:36

Get your own cat! Preferably a Bengal - They will attack any other cat on sight (and dogs actually!) and they can be fully obedience trained. Boots the Bengal NEVER p---- or p---- on the veg plot or in the flower beds - Rushes indoors to the scratchbox every time!!

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:31

So glad Monty is back - He is so as we say in France 'Sympa' (Has a lovely atmosphere around him) - Just hope they come up with some Biodynamic Gardening Features - Nobody seems to touch this subject.

Used Tea Bags

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:28

Used Tea and Coffee Bags are great slug deterrants. I pop them around the lettuce in pots, but keep them damp. Talking cats (which I know you weren't!) they hate the smell of wet tea bags.

Half of Lavender Dying

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:24

Sorry - Cut your losses and throw it out. Lavender is so cheap and easy to take cuttings from the other plant.

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