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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!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 16:31

Cosmos/Dahlias & lupins sown 28th March as per moon have sprouted! Can't believe the speed of this system. Now have to pot everything on! Here is the Lunar Calender for the next TWO WEEKS because I shall be in UK next week, so may have to miss some vital dates. Still it all comes round again thank goodness.

6th - 20th April

6th/7th April Roots up to 8.39am on 6th as per 5th April then switch to flowers. Plant flowering shrubs and water lilies . Plant dahlias and gladioli. Prick out seedlings such as begonias sown 1st feb and petunias sown 1st March. Plant out cauliflowers sown 1st Feb.

8th April. No gardening afer 10.50am. Attend to lawn instead, raking out moss and adding fertilizer. Trim borders.

9th April Leaf Day Plant out herbs and cabbages sown 2-4 february.

10/11/12 April Fruit days. Plant out last small fruit bushes and strawberries. In mild regions pot up cucumbers/melons and courgettes sown 4-6th March and prick out tomatoes sown 24-26 Feb. Sow tomatoes. Earth up Broad Beans and peas sown 23-25th March.

13/14/ April Root Days Plant balance of potatoes. Prick our celerian sown 6-9 March.Thin Beetroot and Carrots sown 26-27 March. 

15th April No gardening.

16/17th April Flower Days Plant up Pots for the Terrace or Pot Garden. Prune spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia and japanese quince.  Cut out dead branches and feed. Prick out geraniums sown 1st Feb

18/19th April Flower Days Prick out Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts sown 29-31 March into nursery beds.

20th April Fruit Day Sow Courgettes and Pumpkins in heat. These should be ready to put outside 7-9th May and harvest from July (Interesting to see if this works out?)

So there we are. Happy Gardening, and let's compare notes to date. So far this year I'm impressed. Just hope I can keep up with it all!



How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:12

Started my potato bags off 2 weeks ago and covered with fleece. Laying out (No planting) 2nd earlies going on new bed in Potager next time the Lunar Calender advises it and earthing up with compost/lawn mowings/compost/lawnmowings as per last year. Worked a treat, so fingers crossed and. The bags are just an experiment as per Monty Don..

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:09

Many thanks. Coming to UK next week - Will stock up!

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:56

I am inundated with lily beetle - exhausted pinching them out. Just seem to get more due to the mild Winter no doubt. Does anything work against these red horrors?

Despite treating my peach tree with Bordeaux Mixture. Shop bought treatments and even resorting to garlic juice around the roots - the peach leaf curl has returned. Has anyone any ideas at all what to so next??Swearing and war dancing has not worked either!

blind daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:51

My daffodils aren't blind but MUNCHED!!! What on earth is attacking the stamens and a tiny chunk of petal???


Time to get busy!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:50

Try Calendula petals in scones - Taste great. Part of my organic baking range. Makes good alternative to saffron in rice as well, and so pretty in salads.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:45

Thanks so much - Coming to UK next week so shall stock up with preventions against horrors and buy a decent garden fork. Don't exist in France!


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:32

I always seem to lose the Autumn peas to mice and voles. Cats to keen on staying indoors in Winter! So have given that up. Now start when sun warms my back in early April or this year earlier this week as such a mild Winter. Boots the Bengal (Cat) catching 6-8 voles a week and 2-3 mice a day at the moment. So everything is coming out of hibernation I think.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:27

I know that you can divide thyme successfully, and I always pop trimmings into the ground, but can I do that at this time of year?

Discussions started by biofreak


Moving Gooseberries 
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Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

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Dividing Plants? 
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Sawfly -Gooseberries

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Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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First Spring Flowers

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Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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