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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:23

Well despite weather and in between showers I did sow 38 The Sutton Broad Beans this week as per Lunar Calender, and the Rose Garlic. I have to admit to not trying anything else yet. Just too awful in the Potager and at the moment I only have a cucumber frame, so not much going on in there other than Winter Storage.

Anyway - Here's to March bringing better weather and growing opportunties.

!st March is The new Moon at 7.59am - after this the Calender for the week ahead is very active. With a rising moon it is time to concentrate on sowing seeds, so here goes:-

2-3 March Sow under cloches Spring lettuces, broccoli and summer cauliflowers. Sow Rocket & Spinach outside, and sow impatiens/petunias and nicotiana in the greenhouse

4th March Do not garden after 2.45pm today. before this sow tomatos under heat.

5-6 March Sow cucumbers and melons under heat.Sow turnips & radishes under cloches and onions & autumn leeks.

7-8 March Sow celeriac in greenhouse, keep moist until they sprout.

Let me know how yu are getting on.

Garlic v Onions

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:01

Checked again - 'Don't grow garlic in the same place as onions grown the year before as rust possible in garlic' -I did indeed get rust on last year's garlic, but am still eating the cloves - did not seem to be affected below soil. Asked Leek Man at Market this morning, and he said don't mix them up together apart from Rose Garlic which is hardier apparently - Keep a good gap between them and infill with carrots (To avoid Carrot Fly I assume)

Garlic v Onions

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:16

Is there any truth in the advice that I received at the Garden Centre this morning when I bought some extra garlic to plant. 'You should not plant garlic and onions together, or where leeks have been?' This year I am trying garlic in pots as per Chris Beardshaw recommendation as a trial, but I thought Garlic were the same family as onions - so why not plant them together?? Any ideas.

Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:13

Which varieties would you recommend? The one's I've seen advertised all seem a bit big and blousy and maybe 'watery' to taste being 'new'. Are any of the old favourites in hanging form available?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:10

Such a nice name! My crocuses just keep coming - Are some later than others?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 16:15

Camellias trying hard. Saw lots of ladybirds in the garden today plus first brimstone butterfly and a 'humble bumble' bee! Always like to stroke the latter, never cause any harm. We had over 200 on the lavender last year. Lilacs budding up now, and paeonies popping through soil. Hope it lasts! 18C here this afternoon.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 15:18

Well - Good luck everyone here's the Lunar Calender 22 Feb - 1st March Let's hope for a chance to start! I note the mags here are now adding ' If not too wet!' in addition to 'if no frost'! Briitany underwater at the moment so perhaps that's why!!

22-23 Feb Prick out lettuce sown 2-4th Feb. Trim conifer hedges and carry out topiary

24 Feb Moon at lowest point 1.25am, After 7.33am sow tomatoes/aubergines/chillies and peppers.under heat

25-26 Feb Rising Moon sow Peas and Broad Beans outside.

27 Feb Sow carrots and Radish undercover before 2.50pm Radishes can be cropped before carrots allowing latter to grow on.

28 Feb-1st March in Nursery Bed sow Summer cauliflowers & brocolli

So there we are -weather willing seems we can start the veg off!!

Don't hesitate to ask questions.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:53

Putting next week's calender up this afternoon. Feels like growing weather but just too wet and windy - Anyone else tried yet?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:49

Still really windy here, dashed outside to pick some primroses from island bed to crystalise to decorate Easter Cupcakes. The primroses seem to have nearly finished. V V early to be over? Tulips well on the way and hydrangeas budding up. Loath to prune them.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

I have made use of an old chicken run with new 4ft fencing to enclose my plastic coldframes to stop them being blown away. Am going to put polytunnel in here too. I agree about instructions - or lack of. Everything nowadays seems great until you get it home! Bring back the old days, when life was easy and you did not need to be technaphobe to read a manual!

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