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Gardening by the Moon

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!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:37

Gosh that was a shock seeing the cyclone in the archepelago pop up on the News!

Apparently the planets etc were in the same position when the Surnami struck the other year.

Is this chance? Took a very large gamble and sowed 2 more sets of tomato seeds yesterday Sweet Aperetif plus Sungold. Temp guage said 12c but gather that it is going to get warmer this week so fingers crossed

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 15:27

Just had to do a War Dance of Joy round Potager!!! - First Peas up and NOT eaten by voles ------yet! Pouring with rain and cold East Wind.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 16:59

Felt I must just write with news that I have just received my Course notes for my biodynamic trip to Germany. Seems we will be studying weather trends effected by the constellations and planets. They have sent me details of what to expect during the next few days, and I thought that it would be of interest. As gardeners, we all feel changes in the weather - we feel a change in the wind, we smell the ions as the first drops of rain hit the earth in hot dry periods, We can smell a thunderstorm approaching, and we know that animals can sense seismic forces. So apparently the same forces are felt by plants - Not totally daft, bearing in mind the effect of weather on plants (scorched leaves from wind not heat/damping off caused by moulds etc)

Anyway from today 12th March the Sun moves from the constellation of Aquarius into Pisces with Venus up to 17th March , with the addition of Mars/Uranus and at opposite points Jupiter and Saturn in Cancer and Scorpio, there is cause for concern with storms forecast and dramatic changes of temperature. With total eclipse of Sun on 20th all planets are conflicting causing rain and storms.

It will be interesting to see if any of this proves to be accurate. I have no idea, but keeping an open mind is never a bad thing, especially if one can forecast when and when not to garden. Thoughts please.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 14:59

At Last I have my computer back and sincere apologies to you all for silence! Seems our area suffered from a Server breakdown - just could not get access to Internet at all until this afternoon. This means that we have missed a week in the Calender but with the exception of the missed opportunity to plant early potatoes yesterday - I promise all is not lost as many days listed as no gardening.

Gardengirl - Sweet peas come under flowers. Mel M - I go by the directions on the packet too but choose the days in the particular month to give contents best start.

So - Tomato seeds and onion seeds sprouted despite my doubts. Munching our way through broccoli so I must sow more (Broccoli and Cauliflower come under flowers) Broad Beans are in flower in the greenhouse, look a bit bandy so will have to support them - Seem happy though.

I have booked myself on a Biodynamic Gardening Course in Germany 22nd March for 10 days, so will hopefully return with much to report. Will give you Calender well into April next week so you cannot miss sowing times etc.

So here is Lunar Calender 10th - 19th March.

10/11 March - Flower Days Moon descending, Prune buddleas and in particular perowskia to 5cm above ground. Thin out Buzy Lizzies sown 19th Feb and prick out for the 2nd time begonias sown 22/23 january. Sow sweet peas/lupins and summer flowering bulbs in pots.(Keep under cover)

12/13 March - Leaf Days. Prune cotoneasters and continue trimming evergreen hedges. Plant or divide chives/tarragon/Sorrel and Rhubarb. Thin oput spinach and prick out lettuces sown 20/22 february.

14/15/16 March - Fruit Days Sow in heat 20/25C cucumbers and tomatoes. Check grafted fruit and remove any encrustations from bark on or around graft point.- Tape and protect from birds.

17 March - Root Day Sow carrots/radish and turnips outside for early crops.

18 March - Flower Day leading into 19th when you must not garden after 2.30pm as total eclipse of Sun 9.45am In a well exposed Nursery Bed on the 18th sow Hardy Annuals where thay are to flower including sweet peas Gardengirl!

Hope this all helps and really sorry once again for missing last week.

Happy Gardening.

 

 

 

 

Nematodes

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:47

Great feedback - Thanks will now place order!

Lost Seed Order!!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:44

I gained - Lemon Grass/Frilly Coriander??/Greek Basil/2 Patio Holders/Basket Tomatoes/Orange Black eyed Susan/Marigolds and she gained my Peas/Runnner Beans/Courgettes/Brussels/Broad Beans - Hope they grow down there!!

Actually I do like T&M online because I normally pick up the Specials and this year made sure that their offer of the 8th packet free meant that that was the expensive seed on my Order - Clever hey?

Talkback: Caterpillars

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:39

Come Brassica Time - Pop a sprig of crushed tansy in the centre of each plant and hey ho no more caterpillars.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:26

We lived next to a pub in the UK and had rats in the compost heap that were traced to there - Had to call the rat man. Then when we had stables we had woodland rats that took a fancy to the Feed Room even though everything kept in dustbins. I have never known rats naturally attracted to compost heaps - Is it near an old outbuilding or piled up corrugated iron sheets or a log pile? I'd hate to put poison down as not only ceasing to be effective nowadays but really dangerous for other animals. I would call the Rat Man - Fire Brigades can be very helpful (sounds daft but they do cover this subject!)

Cucumber Frames

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

Fresh Chillies only 2.99Euros a Kg here so not cost effective I'm afraid especially as I only buy one chilli at a time and it lasts 2 weeks!! How about catch cropping??

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