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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 16:15

Maize (sweetcorn) is a difficult one because it comes under leaves initially then fruit so watch both lunar dates. Sow on a rising Moon from April and remember to grow Beans up it as it makes an excellent companion plant, plus buys you space for other crops (ie beans) because it takes so long to ripen. Also remember to keep damp.

Hope I can keep this thread interesting enough GWRS for you to stick with it!! Thank you everyone for your encouraging words.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 15:08

Thrilled you would like to continue, and I'm happy to do it as love bouncing ideas off you, especially as we are more chatty now. Just hope we can encourage more biodynamic gardeners to contribute as would love more knowledge. I am just going to join the UK Biodynamic Agricultural Association www.biodynamic.org.uk - Feel I may pick up more tips, and can get to grips with this planetary and constellation business a bit better!

Just checked on greenhouse and cucumber frame after high winds last night. All well, just can't get near the Potager - so so wet. with a wet March and April predicted in the Bio Calenders, I think most of my planting will have to be under cover. Picked up a mag this morning all about using the Moon's influences to improve flower and shrub production, including a piece on growing cut flowers (that doesn't sound right!) giving attention to creating depth of colour at key Lunar periods. - Apart from companion planting, and growing flowers for crystallising, I tend to be keener on the Potager side, and this is not fair on flower growers - So this year, I'll make sure that there is a section for these gardeners - perhaps this will attract more contributions too.

All ideas welcome.

Happy Gardening!

 

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:06

What did you think of last night's Show on Small Gardens? I enjoyed it, but still feel we have had too many of these 'before' and 'after' programmes.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:01

French Paint doesn't stick to the walls and comes out the wrong colour!! - So we buy UK Paint for all our pals and ourselves when we go over. Seem to come back with more paint than groceries! I'm sorry but wet wet wet, and potential for snow before the end of the month despite warmth this w/e. Can't win can we?!

Here is the last Lunar Calender to complete our year since last February.

18/19th Feb - Moon ascending in Gemini Flower Days. Prick out cauliflowers sown 13/14 january maintaining heat. Plant Anemones/wisteria and clematis.

20/21st Feb - Leaf Days Moon in Cancer. Plant under cover lettuce plants and those sown 14-17th Jan. leaf Day until 2.30pm on 21st then canges to Fruit.

22/23/24th Feb - Full Moon 6.20pm on  22nd Fruit Days Earth up Broad Beans against potential high winds expected at this time. Earth up fruit bushes to strengthen root growth. If it is mild prune Fanned apples and pears. Prune peaches when they begin to flower then spray with Bordeaux Mixture against fungal growth.

25/26/27th Feb - Moon descending in Virgo. Root Days. Plant first potatoes like Amandine and Belle de Fontenay outside. (Not sure about this myself) Plant jerusalem Artichokes (Now this I have done in Feb successfully) and Horseradish.

28/29th Feb - Moon descending in Libra. Flower Days Prick out begonias sown 9/10 Feb. Prune Shrub and continuous flowering Roses down to ground level.

So there we are another year's Lunar Calender Gardening complete. I am happy to continue if you wish, particularly as we are adding bio dynamic methods into the 'mix' - Shall we continue this thread or not. Would like your thoughts and suggestions. Has the Calender worked for you/Interested you or made any differences to your Garden or gardening methods -Do let me know.

Happy Gardening.

 

 

 

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 16:30

Let's hope they read these comments, and give us some new subjects to get our teeth into. I know new gardeners have to learn, but there is a limit to how many times I can watch other people's gardens, and learn how to prune again!

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.

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