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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 16:49

Orange (Seville of course! which I make with brown sugar only)/Orange and Ginger/Lemon and Lime/3 Fruit (Orange/Lemon/Lime). - Sell masses to the French - They always make theirs with sweet oranges or mandarines and wonder why it does not taste the same. As in UK, Seville oranges only available for a fortnight here, and then usually only available to the trade. As a patisserie I can get them fairly easily, but I am buying 50Kg at a time - so I'm a good customer in January!!! - Takes me a fortnight to boil the fruit down - then I freeze it and pull out a Kg at a time when I need it - add sugar and 20mins later it's all ready. Get 9 pots from each batch.

Just put greenhouse cover back on (new one has not turned up yet!) - Dreadful gales yesterday. Hope it improves. 1 more aubergine popped up this morning. Glad these seedlings are tucked up in the kitchen. Garlic doing really well in pots in greenhouse and parsley plus salads thriving. New Broccoli ready to eat. Tuscan Nero Kale going to seed - Tried eating seed heads - really tasty and stalks have re-sprouted - Have I found something new?

Miscanthus losing clumps?

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 16:41

Looked at all my Miscanthus today and don't think you have one - Sorry!!

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Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:09

Hi HORTICO - I think that you are getting a really bad ride on this one. _ If you want more info and 'high minded' thoughts try my thread Gardening with the Moon - all biodynamic and serious commentators very very welcome.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 10:59

Obelixx - BioD Calender says avoid taking Willow Cuttings today 3rd March - Apparently it is to avoid too strong a sap current. Next date recommended 16th-18th March, Good luck! 2nd Water Melon sprouted plus tiny little aubergine popped it's head up this morning whilst I was making marmelade. Have split my seed packets up too, don't need to buy many this year, but temptation always there!! UK visitor gave me big assorted pack of bulbs last w/e - Great excitement - I love presys like this!

Miscanthus losing clumps?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:48

Not sure this is Miscanthus, because mine has died back as usual and the straw like clumps left in place for creepy crawlies to hide under for the rest of the Winter. Anyone else know what this might be??

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Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:43

I think if you are interested in joining the Forum with regard to any aspect of gardening  whatsoever, it just shows that you love the subject and it does not matter if you know or don't know anything. we are just a great 'melting pot' of folk who have an allegiance to nature.

Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:33

Having confessed the mortal sin of ignoring the Moon Calender re my toms, here is the Lunar Calender 1-15 March, which I promise I shall stick to!:-

1/2 March - Leaf Days Moon descending and in Last Quarter (waning) in the Water Sign Scorpio and Mars. Plant asparagus. Plant container grown Conifers and evergreen shrubs for hedges and borders.

3/4/5 March - Fruit Days Moon ascending in Fire Sign Sagittarius. 3rd and 4th joined by Pluto. Mercury in Aquarius until the 17th (remember wet weather forecast) Sow cucumbers and melons 20-25C Sow Aubergines/Peppers/Chilis and 'yes' Tomatoes (I shall pop some more in, in case my transplanted babies die!) Graft Fruit Trees.

6/7 March - Root Days Moon ascending with Venus in constellation of Capricorn.Sow radishes from now on every Root Day. Sow parsnips and try Parsley Roots (Bought some to eat last w/e - roasted like parsnips delicious) Not sure if it is in UK catalogues.

8 March - Flower Day Sow Buzy Lizzies and Petunias in heat without covering the seed. In Cucumber Frame, placed in full light sow Summer Cauliflowers and Broccoli.

9/10 March No gardening before 11.40am on 9th and before 12.10pm on 10th. Total Eclipse of the Sun at 1.54pm on 9th. New Moon in Pisces. Very perturbed weather predictions on these days but Leaf Days going into the 11th, so outside hours stressed Sow Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts in well exposed (light) and covered Frames and first Summer Lettuce under heat.

12 March - Fruit Day Moon in Fire Sign Aries. Sow in handfuls (as opposed to rows) round and wrinkled peas together (One will sprout before the other giving a continuous crop as the other comes in behind) Tried this last year and it worked well. Would never have thought of it before. Also sow Mangetout and Broad Beans.

13/14/15 March - Root Days Moon in constellation of Earth Sign Taurus, so be aware of colder weather likely. In a Nursery Bed sow Summer Leeks and Carrots side by side to help stop Carrot and Onion Fly respectively.

So there we are - 1st fortnight under our belt. All questions and comments welcome. Looking forward to Gardeners World on 4th March. Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 15:58

Hi everyone - Welcome to March! - The Bio weather predictions are for a warm but very wet month, particularly towards the end of the month when we have 3 Water Trines to contend with, namely Neptune, Venus and Mercury. Pluto and Jupiter in Leo bring the warmth, so we should have good growing conditions if nothing else! I have an admission to make - My tomato seedlings were climbing out of their seed tray, so I transplanted all 13 of them (That's bad luck for a start!) on 28th Feb which was a Flower Day! I just could not wait for 3rd March. They will probably all drop dead now! - We shall see. At least it shows that I am not quite so strong willed as I thought and it will serve me right if feeling sorry for them is just not the way to garden! - Apart from that a Water Melon sprouted today (Free seeds from my French Gardening Magazine) - What on earth am I supposed to do now? Has anyone ever grown these??? It is leering at me hopefully - and 'yes' I feel sorry for it -Being landed with me as a 'carer' that is!!.


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 15:08

Contact Barnhaven Primroses in Brittany. There is nothing this englishman abroad  does not know about auriculas. Always catch up with advice at the Garden Fairs. he is really helpful, and mine have thrived wherever I put them outside.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 15:40

They have just introduced pheasants here this year. Only a few wild ones around before £18 each!! I only pay £10 a brace in UK. On last count we had 65,000Boar in France. They have 10-12 marcassins (babies) each - so it is a real problem.

Did you see the Moon last night with Jupiter shining brightly next door. Stunning!

Temperatures falling again. Nasty frost last night, but at least it is starting to get light earlier in the mornings, and joy of joy sunset twenty to seven in France, which means I'm twitching for the clocks to change already.

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