Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:02
Great news that you are sticking with me on this one! Cold greenhouse 18deg C yesterday so I am crossing my fingers. What are Root Trainers? Haven't come across these.
Next Fruit Day for toms chilis etc 23/24 Feb then 4/5th March then 14th March so pleanty of dates to choose from. Gardengirl did you plant your Broad beans inside or outside?
Just so that you know that I am not completely 'off the wall'!!! I am getting all my references from not onlt the French Lunar Gardening mags and my Mother's Notes from the 60's/70's but also the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calender 2015. from Floris Books. that my Mum gave me for Xmas.
So - we have one more thing left to confuse us further but I hope make sense:-
Not only do we have to note what the Moon does in relation to the constellations, but we need to look at the effect of the Planets on Earth when gardening biodynamically.Such effects are called Trines and Conjunctions, and it is when one of the planets is passing through the Earth/Air/Water or Fire Constellations.
Trines occur when planets are 120degrees from one another, this happens normally when they are sitting in the same constellation eg: Aries & Leo. (Warmth) The effects of this Trine will enhance fruit & seed growth. By the same token if the 2 planets are in a Water constellation, their influence will bring high rainfall. - So even weather can be effected by such movements.
Conjunctions and multiple Conjunctions occur when 2 or more planets stand behind one another in space , Then it is only normally the planet nearest the Earth that effects Plant growth if it is at a phase when it is stronger than the Moon phase.
Gosh this sounds complicated! This negative effect is increased further when the Moon or another planet stands directly in front of another (occultation or eclipse)
The amount of time the Moon spends in any constellation varies between 2-4 days, if a Planet opposes the Moon such days are unsuitable for sowing or harvesting.
The angles between the Sun/Moon and Planets are called Aspects It is interesting to note that there are less Flower Days in the lunar Calender than Leaf/Root or Fruit. There seems to be no adequate explanation for thisother than the fact that the relevant constellations governing flowers are closer together so the Moon and planets pass through these quicker so not giving much opportunity to carry out favorable gardening.
Anyway. I can add far more but think it will have to come up in answer to queries and general conversations together on this thread in relation to the Calender, and at this stage I think that it may be a good idea to suggest that I list the Calender to cover 2 weeks instead of one a) So that we can plan forward jobs in the garden if one is unable to perform any at the 1st opportunity due to work commitments or adverse weather.and b) So that we have time to compare notes and I can add further info as I come upon it from the references and experiences that I have had.
So without more ado Here is the Lunar/BioD Calender for 18th Feb - 4th March
Please, please query as we go!
18th Feb - Root Day Sow Onions for Summer Harvest.
19th Feb - Flower Day No Gardening before 12.30am as Moon risen to highest point (Perigue) Sow Buzy Lizzies in compost without covering seed.
20/21/22 Feb - Leaf Days On the 21st No gardening after 11.05am The Moon is in Pisces so sow lettuce for May Harvest in frames, and spinach/dandelions/cress/rocket/parsley and chervil outside.
23/24th Feb - Fruit Days (24th Fruit up to 3.47pm then switches to Roots) Sow Round & Wrinkled Peas and Mangetouts. Sow also Broad Beans. Earth up well once sprouted.
25/26/27th Feb - Root Days At 20-25DegreesC Sow celeriac (Cover seed and keep moist) In Nursery bed sow leeks for Spring and Autumn Har