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Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 15:11

I lost all leaves and fruit this year despite spraying - Has anyone any bright ideas??

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:36

Well, there we are - Woke up to pouring rain and strong winds. No way could I do the Farmer's Market this morning. Just rescued Sunflowers that were being bashed by gale. Used a pair of old tights to secure them to fence. Cats all in bed which usually means bad weather! So glad I have a polytunnel, Poplar branches all over the ground, if I'd had a glass house it would have suffered. Last crop Beans not sprouted so given up on that outdoors before Autumn. Peas and beetroot ok, but not as good as last year. Flowers continue to delight - First time I have sown them according to Lunar Calender and I am converted - Dahlias/Cosmos/Mesembrianthemum/Osteospernum all from seed are huge and flowering well, better than previous bought in plants. Parsley self seeding this year - never done that before, will let babies grow on and cover with cloche as usual to ensure winter bunches for cauliflower in white sauce. Broccoli thriving under Environmesh - No caterpiller invasion yet although slugs persist. Have now got a baby hedgehog in the garden so he helps - No idea where he has come from. Sun coming out so may go and have another inspection as want to gather blackberries for pie tonight - Just beginning to ripen. Outdoor cucumbers just plumping up - Look like gherkins at the moment - hope they get bigger!

Happy Gardening

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:52

Hi everyone - Now this IS interesting. We have a major weather warning for tomorrow across the Channel Islands and Northern France leading into the UK. The Moon Calender says NO gardening 10th August due to the moon being AT ITS NEAREST POINT TO THE EARTH IN THE MONTHLY CYCLE - NORMALLY LINKED TO BAD WEATHER. How weird is that?? Let me know how your weather is tomorrow 10th August- Would you have gardened??


Here is Lunar Calender for 10-20th August

11th August Flower Day - Carry on Grafting fruit trees as per 7-9 august.In Nursery Bed sow pansies/violas and daisies - These look similar when babies so mark rows with variety sown.

12/13/14/15th August Leaf Days Sow Lambs lettuce and chinese cabbage/Sow Winter Spinach and Winter Lettuce. In Nursery Bed sow Spring Cabbage. Thin out sowing made 2nd September. On 15th August do not garden before 6.20am (as if you would!)

16th August Fruit Day Harvest Beans for drying. Take and save seeds from really ripe tomatoes (Mine haven't begun to turn red yet!)

17/18/19/20 August Root Days Sow Turnips and keep soil moist until they sprout.Sow the last Winter Radishes to ensure a good crop sprouting from warm summer soil.

Happy Gardening

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 17:57

Hi everyone - Everything going to plan in the Potager but I do wish it would rain!

Here is Lunar Calender 31st July - 9th August

31 July - Root Day Thin out beetroot sown 24-26th June.

1/2/3 August - Root Days Do not garden on the 2nd between 7.25am and 5.30pm (That pretty well rules out that day!!) Moon ascending and crossing sun's path so ineffective for garden - note the weather this day it should prove inclement. Otherwise prepare soil for sowing onions 9-10th August. Choose a non manured plot and one that you have not grown peas or beans in (Too rich in nitrogen that's why) When leaves yellowed harvest garlic /shallots and onions. Thin turnips and carrots sown 13/14 July.

4/5 August Flower Days - Plant and/or divide Iris and Hemoracalis (Day Lilies) Plant Aurumn flowering bulbs eg. crocus and cyclamen. Plant Madnna Lilies only 3cm deep to benefit rhizomes from maximum moonshine.

6 August Leaf Day - Prepare soil for a new lawn to sow in September. Thin endive/lambs lettuce and Chinese Cabbage sown 16-18 July

7/8/9 August Fruit Days - Graft Fruit Trees and if you are in a very mild area, take a gamble and sow some dwarf beans for an October Harvest. I'm going to pop some in a Grow Bag in the greenhouse as my 'late' sowing normally fail dismally, so it would be interesting to try this.

Happy Gardening  and let me know how you are getting on.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:20

So glad to hear your news. My salads are doing well too from plugs. Unfortunately sowings of salad have just not worked this year - Seem to have a plague of voles attacking the peas. Cats just not doing their work! Wish you could have pest control according to the moon! Otherwis eall is well. This is the first year that I have tried sowing flowers by the moon cycle, particularly now I have a poly tunnel. Did 2 Trials (One by moon and one standard sowing according to packets) Moon won hands down and I have the most wonderful poppies/rooted cuttings and osteospernums. Thrilled!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 17:15

Lunar Calender 21 - 30th July 2014

21 -24 July Root Days Sow Winter Radish, turnips and carrots for Winter Harvests.Do not let the soil dry out during the Summer months otherwise smaller woody roots will follow.

24th (after 1.58pm Flower days begin) 25th/26th July Take cuttings from shrubs and prick out sowings of bi-annuals and perennials sowed 17/18th June

27th July Leaf Day (Sorry only one!) According to your needs blanch scaroles and chicory. Cover with an opaque cloche and harvest 10-12 days later.

28/29/30th July iFruit Days Do not garden before 9.30am on 28th - moon at furthest point from the earth in cycle so little effect. Prune apples and pears lightly plus take remaining tips off tomatoes/courgettes and pumpkins to encourage fruit growth. Cut Cannas back to the ground and Fruited Raspberry Canes. Prepare and enrich ground with compost for new strawberry plants to be planted 24-27th August.

So there we are -lots more to do. Hope you are all enjoying the Summer and the Potagers are doing well.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 15:52

Just a quick re-cap for those of you who may not have read initial thread. There are many perturbations of the moon during the lunar month which affect the growing cycle of roots/leaves/flowers and fruit. The 2 main ones are called Perigee and apogee here in France. The former is when the moon is nearest the earth and the latter is when it is furthest away. Both positions in the solar system give the moon neutral strength, consequently the eco-system within the garden stands still. Nothing is therefore gained by sowings or planting out during this time. In addition there is what is called a Lunar Knot which happens twice a month when the moon crosses the sun's path, normally the weather is more turbulant at this time as if you wish to put it the Chinese way the Ying and Yang in the garden is out of kilter. In everyday terms, it is not unusual for storms/wind/rain, chills or intense heat. Our sixth sense tends to tell us when not to garden, but it is uncanny how many times this feeling is tied in with the same period of 'knotting' of the moon.

So there is the 'potted lecture' of the week, and here is the Lunar Calender for 9-20th July

9/10th July Leaf Days Plant out Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbage from sowings 22-25th May. Thin out salad crops.

11/12th July Fruit Days. Graft Apples/Pears and Plums. Sow Courgettes again in rich compost (I sow direct into the compost heap) for a catch crop in September.

13th July Moon Perigee (Closest to earth) Do not garden before 2.30pm Then including 14th July Sow turnips and carrots for winter harvest.

15/16th July Flower Days. Sow pansies and perrenials in nursery bed. Sow lupins where you wish them to flower.

17/18/19th July Sow Salad crops and in particular Lamb's Lettuce in patches previously used for peas/broad beans as it benefits from free nitrogen. Knotted moon descending after 5.20pm on 18th so don't garden then.

20th July Fruit Day Sow French and Runner Beans again. If your region is chilly in Autumn choose early ripening varieties.

So there we are - we're well into the growing season now, and I hope a pattern is beginning to emerge for you all. I still run a small standard (no moon) gardening plot, and I am still really interested in the differences between the growing rates of plants - Moon wins hands down all the time. My third year next year will certainly make me decide whetehr or not it is worth switching to full 'lunar gardening' which is even more complex working with the constellations in addition to the moon on its own.

As ever let me know how you are all getting on.Happy Gardening.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:48

Hi Bekkie

Yes there's loads coming up, I shall contribute info continuing Calender until Feb 2015 which completes this Lunar Year. If Forum Readers want me to carry on - Only too pleased to do so. Would like to know how everyone is getting on? My veg plot is bursting with goodies despite slugs/snails galore and voles. Tried sowing flower seed for the first time by the Moon this year and so far it is the only year that I have ever been successful!! - I am converted, although still cannot resist temptation at Flower Fairs. Garden almost full!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 12:36

Gardeners Calender by the Moon 29 June - 4th July

29/30th June Leaf Days - Take cuttings from spring flowering shrubs and remove suckers from roses and fruit trees. No gardening after 3.15pm on 30th - Moon furthest point away from earth in orbit.

1/2/3 July Fruit days Prune Fan Fruit trees, removing fruitless stems. Pinch out growing tips of tomatoes to encourage fruiting and do the same with cucumbers and courgettes and pumpkins.This accelerates the formation of crops.

4/5/6 July Root Days Harvest early potatoes. Lift garlic/onions and shallots. Plant out leeks sown 19/20 May Thin out carrots and chicory sown 16/17 June and Winter radish sown 24-26 june. On 6th No gardening before 3.55pm.

Happy Gardeing



Insect Eating Plants

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Thanks for all the info.

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