Posted: 27/11/2015 at 15:07
Biodynamic Weather Forecast for December is quite cheering, although plenty of rain forecast up until the 20th with the Sun in Scorpio, moving into Sagittarius from the 20th and joining Pluto in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo bringing unseasonal warmth from Christmas Day until the end of the month. Sunny winter days are foreseen with Mars remaining in Virgo all month. Venus is in Libra from 13-29th December and Neptune is in Aquarius bringing bright days. Following the accuracy of November's cold snap around the 20th - I have to say that I am beginning to have a little more faith in this side of biodynamic forecasting. May take a gamble with some of the recommended (unseasonal to me - sowings/cuttings)
Here is Lunar Calender from 30th Nov-14th Dec as I am away next week.
30th Nov/1st Dec - Moon descending so remember to continue spreading and digging in compost. Leaf Days - Cut down Bamboo Canes and store for use next year. Start forcing chicory and add further root protection to tender plants.
2/3/4 December (No gardening after 1.30pm on the 4th) Fruit Days. Cut back exposed Fruit trees situated in direct line of Winter gales and brush off moss and lichen and burn it to avoid spread of fungal disease. Add compost or Bio granules to roots and if there is no frost plant new bare root stock, remembering not to bury the graft point.
5/6/7th December (No gardening after 9.50am on the 5th as Moon at lowest point in sky so ineffective) Root Days - Harvest Jerusalem Artichokes/Parsnips/Salsify & Horseradish. Hold back some of the best specimens for replanting next Spring. In mild areas, plant white and violet garlic and shallots in all regions. Loosen soil on potager and in flower beds without turning it as frost will help to crumble it.
8/9th December Flower Days - If no frost prune summer flowering clematis. Cut back every other shoot 30/40cms from the soil.(Mine are trying to flower again!
10/11th December - Leaf Days If mild, cut out crossing branches of larger trees and cut out mistletoe. Mask scars of more than 5cm with antifungal tape.
12/13/14th December - Moon Rising - Fruit Days. If no frost cut hardwood shoots from strong fruit bushes and once labelled, plant them in a line against a north wall, to gain new stock for next season, which will be transplanted to new areas next year.
Note:-For those of you planning to decorate your home early the best time to cut greenery for decorations and Christmas Trees is on Flower Days as they will stay fresh longer.
Best transplanting dates and times are 12th Dec 6am (sorry!) 25th Dec from 8am (I know Xmas Day!) right through until 8th Jan (So perhaps you can give Xmas Day a miss!)