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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 15:14

Did you get to see The Northern Lights? Gather that they are stunning, watched Joanna Lumley Documentary on this -really impressive.

Pushkin watched video 'Paddington Bear' last night, now into hiding behind doors and jumping out at us as high as possible, arms and mouth wide open, claws sharpened and ready for Bear Wrestling! -Oh dear. He caught mouse in the 'snug' last night, drove him outside with it -He charged round the corner and returned with it through cat flap - Taking him down to the greenhouse to stand over mysterious new hole in Japanese Onion Bed (A vole I think).

Off to dig up some Jerusalem Artichokes for warming Winter Soup as simple meal tonight before tomorrow's Oysters/Escargots & Lobster Feast -With bubbles of course! -Just the 2 of us with French Cabaret on TV -Always a great night.

Happy New Year!

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Posted: 29/12/2016 at 10:00

Hi Gardengirl great to hear from you - Yes we had loads of snow when I was little, just loved it. Delighted when we were holed up here 6yrs ago for a week - Very upset when men in tractors turned up to clear the roads on day 3! -Husband desperate to get out to make sure that there was still civilizisation! Love watching cats and dogs meeting snow for the first time -they always seem to aim for the deepest part first! The bemused look with frosted wkiskers is a joy to behold. Super day today with hard frost -Spring bulbs coming up here too. Starter Motor bust on van en route home (thank goodness in main town close to our local Garage) -so enforced break from work - Really chuffed, can settle down and read these Lunar Calenders and Bio Books at my leisure! Happy Gardening.

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Posted: 27/12/2016 at 16:04

Hi everyone

Here's hoping that you had a lovely Christmas Weekend, and a white one in Scotland -How lucky you are despite the wind and cold I saw featured on UK weather -I would love a white Xmas again. Seems the best we can do here in Normandy is the odd sparkly frost. We get really good snow every 5-7yrs when we are really hemmed in and I love every moment of it -they say that you like the weather according to the month that you were born. Being a December baby -perhaps that is the reason I love Winter regardless of the weather. O/H born in June prefers early Summer. Does this work for you?

Anyway, Lunar Calenders and Bio Books opened on Xmas Day and gosh there's alot to read based on new scientific findings. Certainly enough to take us well into next year. The general weather indications for 2017 show a North wind bearing down on us regularly throughout the year, a warm Spring, a hot Summer and a wet and variable Autumn. A particularly good month will be May with heavy storms predicted for July and a hot August. January will see temperatures higher than the norm but wet and foggy. Snow is forecast between 9-13th and a colder windier end to the month, seems to be the prediction from all sources.

Something new to me has been suggested in the Newsletter of our local French Bio-Dynamic Group:- There is an old French saying that you can judge the weather for the year ahead from the weather between Christmas Day & Twelfth Night. What you have to do is choose a specific time of day - say 11am every day and note the weather (Not the temperature) between 24th December &  6th January. In theory the weather in January will correspond to 24 -25th December, the weather in February will correspond to 25th-26th December. The weather in March will correspond to 26-27th December. The weather in April will correspond to the 27-28th December and so on and so on for the 12 months.

I think that I might give this a try -certainly never heard of it before -Have you?

The Lunar Calender up until 1st January with the Moon ascending is clearly aimed at people with heated greenhouses - If the temperature is no less than 10 degrees sow radish and carrots, and if mild outside continue planting onions, shallots and garlic in frames. My Japanese Onions have slowed down a little but are nice and sturdy. I have re-labelled the potted goodies as ink had faded despite being 'permanent'!

So there we are -the end of another Lunar Calender Year. With 54,000 views on this Thread to date -I would love to continue  - Shall we?? - There must be more of you out there interesting in commenting -Be brave, we can all learn from each other -That is what the Forum is for - and it's a great hobby!

Anyway -Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2017 in and out of the Garden.

(Oh the Vegan Cake met with great success - Just a little Italian number I rustled up!!)

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Posted: 21/12/2016 at 11:53

Have a great break - Looking forward to days off Christmas Day & New Years Day. Just been asked to bake a cake for a Vegan who's birthday is Xmas Day so must hit the oven again.

Walked round garden yesterday, lots of lovely leafmould forming, plus found a Chinese radish ready to pull for tasty lobster sushi salad Xmas Eve. Off to hunt down holly and mistletoe in the hedgerows this afternoon, then picking up PP from vet -Neutered today -What a Xmas present!

Happy Gardening.

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Posted: 19/12/2016 at 15:23

Hi Everyone

Just returned from last Christmas Gastronomic Fair . Exhibited next to Ostrich Farmer and bought a beautiful Fillet to roast on New Year's Day. We pick up the goose from the farm on Thursday and although we are working Xmas Eve and New Years Eve the time in between is now organised for wining and dining, - as we only eat a main meal in the evenings I can hopefully spend some of Christmas Day in the garden, as have had no time at all to even poke head inside greenhouse in the last few days. Fed up with making whisky and brandy marmelades and mincemeat and pies for Markets -Time to draw breath!!

So what do the next few days bring? It's supposed to get colder again and quite windy between 20th-28th, so I must tie down the greenhouse roof again! Rain or snow predicted the further north you go, seems to be panning out that way according to TV weather as well, although there is a big beast waiting in Corsica to march upwards towards us, thankfully with warmer air.

Here is the Lunar Calender 18th-27th December, will finish the month then so I can wish everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully a Bio Weather Guide for January.

18/19/20th December - Moon descending in Leo so Fruit Days - Plant all bare rooted fruit trees. Cut back hazels so that they sprout new growth in the Spring for weaving next autumn. Take time out on 19th as no gardening advised due to Moon crossing with Uranus bringing wind change and damper, misty spells. Tidy up fallen branches and work out new climbing frames and fruit cages for next season. On 20th thin out fruiting hedges for wild life, to encourage thicker growth, and infill major gaps with new specimans.

21/22/23rd December - Root Days. Now is a good time to cover new potential veg plots with cardboard held down with bricks to cut light out from weeds, worms will spend the Winter working their way through the cardboard turning it into the soil and ttherefore encouraging slow composting underneath ready for light digging in the Spring. Check over stored roots and harvest those outside as needed making sure to replace fleece firmly afterwards. In milder areas in light and well drained soil pop in some more garlic outside together with shallots for harvesting next June.

24/25th December - Moon descending in Libra -Flower Days. Plant flowering shrubs and pick Hellebores for bouquets on New Year's Eve, these last well even in central heated houses, although I prefer to buy new stock in pots and then pop them outside in January Plant a Climbing Rose near an old apple or pear tree so that it can scramble through the branches., creating a great effect next Season. No gardening recommended before 1pm - That's good as it's Xmas Day and we can have a lie in!

26/27th December - Leaf Days with Moon in Virgo. Plant some ferns around newly planted trees. Weather willing plant out some lettuce and spring cabbage under cover (Certainly not sure I will do this in mid winter -but might be worth a go if this mild spell continiues)

No idea what January has to offer as Bio Diaries and other Lunar Books wrapped up for Xmas -So all to be revealed!

Happy Gardening and have a wonderful Christmas Weekend. Speak soon!

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Posted: 05/12/2016 at 08:54

Thanks for the recipes -Tried them all!! Just recovered in time for ANOTHER trip to UK! -This time to give Mother an early Xmas as she is in a Home and does not know her dates now and life is very sad  - We are working right through Xmas week and there will be no ferry crossings. But hey -how about December weather?

Bio dynamic predictions give us a mild month with periods of rain until the 20th although the conjunction between Uranus and Pisces gives us a chance of cold winds and snow between 8th and 12th. Xmas would appear to be warm and sunny although much colder weather predicted again 27/28th

Here is Lunar Calender 4 -11th December when I shall be back to do another fortnight.

4/5th December Root Days. Because most work has stopped in Potagers take stock of existing seeds in hand and buy in seeds for early planting to avoid 'out of stock' items.

6/7th December Moon ascending -Flower Days - Leave seed heads for birds but avoid gardening on the 6th, check bird boxes and insect houses for damage (Starlings are devouring the rest of our apples -usually a sign of cold spells to come) Sow Rock Roses/Poppies and other late spring flowers, these are in need of a cold spell to germinate.

8/9/10th December - Leaf Days. Grow indoor salads like cress, chick peas, soy and rocket for quick tasty salads from the kitchen windowsill. This is a good time to use up the last of Summer Salad seeds and to then buy fresh stock.

11th December - Fruit Day Moon in Taurus - Sow more Broad Beans.

12/13/14th December - Root Days Take a gamble with fine weather and under cover sow radishes thinly for a quick crop in a month.

Sorry to be brief -Ferry to catch!!!  Happy Gardening!

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Posted: 25/11/2016 at 16:04

Very cold and I've got a cold -Making a really hot spicy curry tonight to kick it off before Rouen. Can't greet the public in this state!!. Did my monthly slot on France Bleu Radio (Cooking Programme) Just in passing said that I did Bio Gardening -Now want me to join Gardening Team for weekly slot to talk about Lunar Gardening -Panic!!

Rescued greenhouse roof yet again plus jammed wheelbarrow and pallets hard up against both ends.Picked some chillies to kill my cold - What sort of dancing do you do Obelixx? Line Dancing the craze here plus a little ballroom classes prior to New year's Eve hops.

Have a great weekend all.

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 15:34

Yes, Autumn Fair was good, and had invite to interesting Bio Conference in January -so something to look forward to before the Garden Fairs start again in Feb with the Fete de Mimosa. Do let us know how you get on with building raised beds etc Obelixx, thinking of trying this out if and when we move -So impressed with French way of doing it 2m x 2m in 12's. -Seems you don't have to rotate everything all the time either, and can form some really nice patterns and colours.

Much colder again, hope none of you have had floods as seen on UK telly. Off to Rouen this w/e for Salon de Gourmandises  - Love buying foody Xmas gifts (and making them to sell as well!). 1st fresh cranberries in the shops here, much bigger than home grown -Couldn't get anything larger than a holly berry when I grew them so gave up! - Must start making mincemeat. Lost greenhouse roof twice already this week -Still Japanese Onions have taken off really well in polystyrene fish boxes -Seemed to like being bared to the elements instead of wrapped up cosily in greenhouse. peppers and chillies also seem OK -which goes against the book. Temp 15degrees but 7 first thing in the morning. Boots the Bengal bought a dead rat through the cat flap last night as a present for PP - Humans not impressed and flung it plus ALL cats out!!

Happy Gardening!

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Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:41

Phew -Apart from being blown away -Fine thanks! I am thrilled that the Bio D Weather predictions seem to be pretty accurate this month. Missed the Supermoon due to cloud but the high tides have been magnificent. From 19th -25th we seem to be in for more storms and unsettled weather then cold again with possibility of snow after 25th -Let's see. How's The Vendee comparing Obelixx?? Off to Brittany this afternoon for Autumn (Autumn??!) Fete des Plantes.Just split strawberries -got 32 excellent Gento youngsters from 12 original stools planted last year.

Here is Lunar Calender from 19th - 30th November.

19/20th November - Moon descending in Cancer. Leaf Days - Cut Hazel and Bamboo for Bean sticks and weaving. Protect artichokes from wind rock by cutting away largest leaves and earthing up if you have not already done so. Make sure fleece is secure and cloches firm due to high wind predictions.

21/22nd November - Fruit Days. Take cuttings from figs and then fleece Fig Tree securely for the Winter. Brush moss and lichen off tree trunks to allow airflow around trunks and to avoid disease (I don't do this because apart from liking the look of lichen etc - I know that mosses thrive in unpolluted areas -So I don't see the reason for destroying them -Any thoughts?) On 22nd no gardening before 7.55am as Sun entering into Sagittarius with Uranus causing perturbations with Moon's eliptic path -hence the weather. Carry on planting bare root fruit trees, and lightly compost fruit bed. Leaf mould is particularly good as strawberries/raspberries and gooseberries like woodland conditions.

23/24/25/26th November - Root Days as Moon in Virgo - In mild areas finish planting out garlic. Lift Roots according to your needs, holding back best of Jerusalem Artichokes for replanting in the Spring. Create a Silo for by placing bricks on soil in circle 4-6 high. Place roots like beetroot and carrots with tops facing the centre then layer with straw. Use bracken to cover roots left in ground -This lifts off easier than straw when frozen and you wish to dig up some goodies for lunch. Plant tulips and other Winter bulbs if you haven't yet.

27/28th November - Flower Days Moon apogee (Noted UK weather men use this term so shall use it now as listed in French books) (Apogee Moon at furthest point from Earth -Perigee Moon at nearest point to Earth) So on 27th no gardening after 3pm. If it is not frosty prune Summer flowering Clematis. Plant up Christmas Flowering indoor plants.

29/30th November -Leaf Days and New Moon in Scorpio -Cut out dead branches in trees. Transplant young trees -Make transplant hole as wide as circumfrance of branches and a minimum of 80cms deep -add compost and water in well even if it rains. If it's wet rake lawn to lift moss and allow airflow to avoid water pooling on surface.

Happy Gardening everybody -and keep Warm!

Last edited: 19 November 2016 09:43:18

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 15:09

Welcome Missy Krissy - GWRS -Tried cacti as a child, afraid they just did not inspire me although we had a neighbour many years later who devoted a greenhouse to them and they were superb. Think I'll stick to the great outdoors! Could not find one gardening boot on Sunday morning -eventually heard strange bumping noise -followed sound to see PP trying to pull my boot through cat flap into garden! -Prized it back out of very strong kitten jaws. -Obviously he is going to be a keen gardener!

Supposed to be a huge Moon tonight with Mars seated below left. Have bought all tender plants into greenhouse now/trimmed dahlias and being soft and silly bought in Gento strawberries and divided some, transplanted them into small pots, -instead of 10 - I now have 32! (I tease the plants apart and get between 2 and 3 new ones each Autumn) - Primroses now in full bloom which is a dreadful mistake. Earlier than forecast in BioDynamic Guide -but have any of you had snow? My banana tree succumbed to frost last night -just did not fleece it on time. -Off to UK tomorrow Christmas Shopping, plus need ingredients for Christmas Cakes. One client has ordered 4!!!

Sounds as though you have work cut out Obelixx, but what a super challenge. Think we may go for Bio Plot -UK can't possible get as bad as the States yet (Or can it??!)

Happy Gardening

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