biofreak


Latest posts by biofreak

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!!.

Auriculars

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 15:08

Contact Barnhaven Primroses in Brittany. www.barnhaven.com 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.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 13:21

The Wild Boar and Deer eat the crops in the field behind us - Find alot of cobs buried also _ not sure what animal would do this? A square of Corn is always left specifically to attract Boar and Deer so that they can be cornered and shot in the Hunting Season. Not safe to walk dogs between Sep-March as guns everywhere. Even a road sign outside one of the local forests marked 'Beware bullets'!! - Thank goodness fishing season starts soon, then all is well. - Only had rats when we kept chickens in the UK. Can't stand the bald tails. Boots the Bengal keen on catching the odd youngster.

I like growing sweetcorn, but seems alot of work for so few cobs. Joy of joys, 1st tomatoes sprouted today after sowing only a week ago. Is this a record for windowsills?

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.

Discussions started by biofreak

Bio Dynamic Gardening

Are there any Bio D Gardeners out there? 
Replies: 7    Views: 452
Last Post: 05/07/2016 at 15:39

Gooseberry Sawfly

Prevention 
Replies: 4    Views: 508
Last Post: 18/04/2016 at 12:15

Brassicas

Earthing Up? 
Replies: 14    Views: 790
Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 07:08

More Peas?

Can I get another crop in? 
Replies: 9    Views: 691
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 16:54

New Potatoes

When to harvest 
Replies: 15    Views: 923
Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 17:05

Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

First Time Grower 
Replies: 8    Views: 689
Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 15:25

gooseberries

When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
Replies: 18    Views: 820
Last Post: 18/06/2015 at 22:14

Mesclun

How to Succeed 
Replies: 0    Views: 310
Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 11:52

Nematodes

Slug deterrant? 
Replies: 14    Views: 969
Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 18:13

Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
Replies: 5    Views: 587
Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 12:28

Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
Replies: 4    Views: 681
Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
Replies: 3    Views: 633
Last Post: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
Replies: 0    Views: 387
Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:50

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
Replies: 35    Views: 2051
Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:29

Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
Replies: 14    Views: 2063
Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 07:57
1 to 15 of 48 threads