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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:33

Having confessed the mortal sin of ignoring the Moon Calender re my toms, here is the Lunar Calender 1-15 March, which I promise I shall stick to!:-

1/2 March - Leaf Days Moon descending and in Last Quarter (waning) in the Water Sign Scorpio and Mars. Plant asparagus. Plant container grown Conifers and evergreen shrubs for hedges and borders.

3/4/5 March - Fruit Days Moon ascending in Fire Sign Sagittarius. 3rd and 4th joined by Pluto. Mercury in Aquarius until the 17th (remember wet weather forecast) Sow cucumbers and melons 20-25C Sow Aubergines/Peppers/Chilis and 'yes' Tomatoes (I shall pop some more in, in case my transplanted babies die!) Graft Fruit Trees.

6/7 March - Root Days Moon ascending with Venus in constellation of Capricorn.Sow radishes from now on every Root Day. Sow parsnips and try Parsley Roots (Bought some to eat last w/e - roasted like parsnips delicious) Not sure if it is in UK catalogues.

8 March - Flower Day Sow Buzy Lizzies and Petunias in heat without covering the seed. In Cucumber Frame, placed in full light sow Summer Cauliflowers and Broccoli.

9/10 March No gardening before 11.40am on 9th and before 12.10pm on 10th. Total Eclipse of the Sun at 1.54pm on 9th. New Moon in Pisces. Very perturbed weather predictions on these days but Leaf Days going into the 11th, so outside hours stressed Sow Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts in well exposed (light) and covered Frames and first Summer Lettuce under heat.

12 March - Fruit Day Moon in Fire Sign Aries. Sow in handfuls (as opposed to rows) round and wrinkled peas together (One will sprout before the other giving a continuous crop as the other comes in behind) Tried this last year and it worked well. Would never have thought of it before. Also sow Mangetout and Broad Beans.

13/14/15 March - Root Days Moon in constellation of Earth Sign Taurus, so be aware of colder weather likely. In a Nursery Bed sow Summer Leeks and Carrots side by side to help stop Carrot and Onion Fly respectively.

So there we are - 1st fortnight under our belt. All questions and comments welcome. Looking forward to Gardeners World on 4th March. Happy Gardening!

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!!.


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 15:08

Contact Barnhaven Primroses in Brittany. 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 - 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!

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