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Asparagus Peas

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:25

Mine are thriving and ready to go outside. gather they do well in Stir Frys and raw in salad. eat just like Mange Touts, but be sure not to let them get too big.Supposed to taste like asparagus.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:56

Hi Melspade

Yes I will do it next year if anyone wants me to. You can still follow the Moon Calender even if you have planted out etc already, as there are plenty of other things coming up during the year in particular Winter sowings etc. This is my second year trial, and despite weather (which being opposite Jersey is the same as UK) I have been impressed and near enough accurate with sowings versus plantings out. Went to Garden Fair South of Paris last w/e and met 3 Lunar Nurseries - all had added labels to plants pointing out best times to transplant etc in co-ordination with the constellations. Unbelievable following out here. Bought some superb 17th Century Roses but just too windy to plant them out.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 09:43

Things growing really well this week. Off to Garden Fair south of Paris for the w/e so here is Lunar Calender for the week ahead 10th-18th May.

10th May Fruit Day Moon descending so time to plant (as opposed to sow) Aubergines/cucumbers (mine aren't up yet!) courgettes/pumpkins and squash plus melons peppers chillies and tomatoes (Bought some wonderful rare toms last w/e inc one from the Galapagos Islands and 2 from Portugal - Wonderful specialist at Plant Fair last Sunday)

11/12/13 May Root Days Thin out carrots/turnips/parsnips and radish. Earth up potatoes and plant leeks (No gardening on 12th until after 6pm)

14th May Flower Day Plant annuals and bulbs in borders. Prune spring shrubs that have finished flowering. Plant out begonias and geraniums sown 24th April

15th (after 10.32am changes from Flower to Leaf day) 16th/17th May Plant herbs associated as companions next to cabbage (tagetes) tomatoes (basil) carrots (chives) to deter pests. Mow lawns. Prick out sprouting brocoli and brussel sprouts (at last mine will be ready for this) sown 29-31 march

18th May No gardening until after 7pm then you can sow dwarf and climbing beans renewing sowings once a month on Fruit Days.

19th May sow all beans all day!

Happy gardening. How are you getting on - Any comparison reports yet??

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 13:12

Glad no gardening last 3 days. Weather dreadful here. herewith Lunar Calender 1st-9th May

1/2/3 May Rising Moon so Root Days Sow Parsnips/Salsify and Scorzonora where they are to stay outside.

4/5th May after 5.06pm on 3rd Flower Days commence. Plant out tuberous begonias/dahlias and gladioli.Plant out cauliflower and broccoli sown 28th Feb (Mine still very little - How are yours? seems a bit soon to plant out to me due to size) Prick out into pots petunias  and plant out Impatiens sown 1st March




6th May Leaf Day No Gardening before 4.25pm as moon 'apogee' Furthest point in cycle from Earth so no benefit. After this plant out endives sown 29/31st March 30cm apart allows them to spread for blanching later ready for harvest june/july. Prune evergreen hedges and carry out topiary.

7/8/9 May Fruit Days. Plant out where they are to fruit Aubergines/Peppers/Chillies/and Tomatoes sown 24-26th Feb. (I have pricked these out already - think they may be ready to plant on then - How are yours?) Plant out Courgettes sown 20/21 April. Plant in place Melons sown 1/2/April cover with cloches and in preference grow on mounds of compost. Prick out physalis sown 1/2 April. Keep an eye on all above for late frosts.

So there we are lots to do. I am off for 3 days to Salon Fleurs et Jardin at Le Vaudreuil south of Rouen. If I sell enough cupcakes I shall look out for some clematis and those illusive roses. David Austen the fashion here this year, but I do like buying the ancient french ones as well. Looking forward to seeing my 'rare herb' man the following w/e at Rond des Jardins at Evreux. 2 Moon Gardening Nurseries exhibit so should be able to pick up some more info for us all.


Happy Gardening and let me have your news.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:13

Hi everyone, hope you are having a good Easter. Potatoes in Bags came up 13th April so have topped them up with compost. Planted 17 more in new patch of ground on 14th. Here is Calender 21st - 27th April. Note Moon descending on 28th and Annual eclipse of the sun on 29th so no gardening on these days due to adverse connections with the earth.

21st April (Today) plus 22nd (in morning) - Sow cucumbers/courgettes/pumpkins/squash in greenhouse. Sow wrinkled peas and more broad beans outside. Prick out tomatoes and re-pot as necessary.

22nd April Root day - Sow carrots/beetroot/parsnips and radish outside.

23rd no gardening as moon furthest from earth so weak effect on plants.

24th April Flower Day. Sow annuals outside where they are to flower. In particular poppies including poppy plants.

25/26/27th April Leaf Days In a coldframe well exposed to light, sow celery. Sow leeks in veg patch. Sow bulbing fennel in greenhouse.

28/29/30th No gardening due to moon/sun plus constellations in total dis-array - Look out for orange coloured moon on 30th this  is supposed to foretell frost and chilly winds so young plants and early sowings should be protected with fleece. Last year I was interested to find that this colouring which occurs mostly in April proved to be true. So interested to get your comments.

Happy Gardening


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 06:41

Strength of moon affected by line of planets and sun in direct shadow, so no effects on plants - even though we can see it clearly from earth. Always get on with mowing/weeding etc instead on these days - or just RELAX!!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 16:31

Cosmos/Dahlias & lupins sown 28th March as per moon have sprouted! Can't believe the speed of this system. Now have to pot everything on! Here is the Lunar Calender for the next TWO WEEKS because I shall be in UK next week, so may have to miss some vital dates. Still it all comes round again thank goodness.

6th - 20th April

6th/7th April Roots up to 8.39am on 6th as per 5th April then switch to flowers. Plant flowering shrubs and water lilies . Plant dahlias and gladioli. Prick out seedlings such as begonias sown 1st feb and petunias sown 1st March. Plant out cauliflowers sown 1st Feb.

8th April. No gardening afer 10.50am. Attend to lawn instead, raking out moss and adding fertilizer. Trim borders.

9th April Leaf Day Plant out herbs and cabbages sown 2-4 february.

10/11/12 April Fruit days. Plant out last small fruit bushes and strawberries. In mild regions pot up cucumbers/melons and courgettes sown 4-6th March and prick out tomatoes sown 24-26 Feb. Sow tomatoes. Earth up Broad Beans and peas sown 23-25th March.

13/14/ April Root Days Plant balance of potatoes. Prick our celerian sown 6-9 March.Thin Beetroot and Carrots sown 26-27 March. 

15th April No gardening.

16/17th April Flower Days Plant up Pots for the Terrace or Pot Garden. Prune spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia and japanese quince.  Cut out dead branches and feed. Prick out geraniums sown 1st Feb

18/19th April Flower Days Prick out Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts sown 29-31 March into nursery beds.

20th April Fruit Day Sow Courgettes and Pumpkins in heat. These should be ready to put outside 7-9th May and harvest from July (Interesting to see if this works out?)

So there we are. Happy Gardening, and let's compare notes to date. So far this year I'm impressed. Just hope I can keep up with it all!



How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:12

Started my potato bags off 2 weeks ago and covered with fleece. Laying out (No planting) 2nd earlies going on new bed in Potager next time the Lunar Calender advises it and earthing up with compost/lawn mowings/compost/lawnmowings as per last year. Worked a treat, so fingers crossed and. The bags are just an experiment as per Monty Don..

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:09

Many thanks. Coming to UK next week - Will stock up!

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:56

I am inundated with lily beetle - exhausted pinching them out. Just seem to get more due to the mild Winter no doubt. Does anything work against these red horrors?

Despite treating my peach tree with Bordeaux Mixture. Shop bought treatments and even resorting to garlic juice around the roots - the peach leaf curl has returned. Has anyone any ideas at all what to so next??Swearing and war dancing has not worked either!

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