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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 12:05

Boots the Bengal would love to send a photo, but not sure how to do it - Please advise!! Whiskers a quiver and paws set to snap a selfie! - On a more serious note - What do you think of Bio Dynamic Weather reports so far that I have done? - I think that they are seriously uncannily accurate. Would love your views! - I took cuttings of all my favourite roses yesterday and lifted daffs that I want to move. Then the Heavens opened yet again!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 15:47

All well here, despite torrential rain and humidity. Garden heaving with slugs and snails. Pulled Japanese Onions at Full Moon, Best crop I have ever had - Actually look like onions not just stalks with nothing at the end!! Will definately grow these again. Water Barrels nice and full. Boots the Bengal heroically hunting despite storms. One sodden cat arriving in triumph bearing furry gifts at 3am, is not my idea of a restful night - but he means well, and we have no more moles or voles at the moment. he has befriended a baby magpie, that follows him around eating the odd mouse head or tail that he may leave on the lawn. The parents are not too happy about this relationship, and there is a glint in Boots' eye, when the baby comes near. Magpie Pie planned I think!! - First hint of ripening strawberries and raspberries yesterday. - When are gooseberries ready?? - Garlic and Camomile decoction certainly worked against sawfly. - Must now go and tackle whitefly on aubergines with nettle juice. I see that John Harris Head Gardener of  Tresillian Gardens in Cornwall has brought out a book on his gardening methods via the Moon. Think I might buy myself a copy. Comes out in September apparently. - Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:35

Weeding yesterday found first pea pod ready - Munched all 3 peas inside!! - Ok - so not many but 1st is always best!!

Here is the Lunar Calender for 16th-30th June 2016

16/17th June - Moon descending in Libra - Flower Days. Prune Spring flowering shrubs that have finished flowering including lilacs and non evergreen hedges, don't be afraid to cut out older growth and central stems to allow for better air circulation. With Moon descending sap is not rising to damage cut growth but magnetic forces concentrating on strong root growth, so can handle heavy pruning.Plant out cauliflowers and broccoli sown 1-2nd May. Mine are just plant-outable but still mini!

18/19th June - Full Moon Leaf Days. Blanche Chicory. If sunny, cut and dry herbs before they flower, and make nettle and comfrey potions. Plant out Cabbage sown 3-5th May Thin out Salad crops sown 30th May-2nd June.

20/21/22nd June - Moon Rising in Sagittarius - Summer Solstice 21st. Fruit Days. Sow Courgettes in pockets of rich compost for September harvest. Graft fruit trees.

23/24th June - Root Days - Sow Winter Carrots and Turnips

25/26th June - Moon Rising - Flower Days In nursery bed sow all bi-annuals except lupins which prefer to be sown in situ as they don't like being moved (Can't say I agree with this, mine move ok - Any comment?)

27/28/29th June - Moon in Pisces Leaf Days - Sow Lambs lettuce/Rocket/Chinese Cabbage and other Autumn Lettuce. Keep well watered but don't plant too close to avoid grey mould on humid days.

30th June 2016 - Moon in Aries -Fruit Day Sow French and Runner Bean varieties to follow on from existing crops. Keep well watered and sheltered.

With rain forecast for most of the month ahead - I don't think water is our problem!. I shall however feed my plants with Comfrey and Nettle Decoctions and Camomile Calmers, to replenish nutrients washed out by all this rain!!

Happy Gardening. and keep the comments coming - All thoughts are valuable.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 16:43

Major event today - Ate 1st Onion!!! If anyone watched The Good Life imagine one onion placed gently in centre of table and ceremonially trimmed, then chopped, then grilled and added to Steak sandwich. Absolutely yummy!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:33

I have never tried layering, as I find most things do it on their own, and I just chop them off and give them to friends or move to another place. Not many lily beetle this year thank goodness, and I treated sawfly with a mix of camomile and garlic and it does seem to have worked - Lots of gooseberries coming anyway. I hope baby broccoli ready to move on 7th - microscopic at the moment!! Early peas just podding up and perpetual spinach superb as easy pick salad. Don't bother with lettuce anymore, have let rogue dandelions self seed, and we eat those instead. Making Nettle & Sheep Cheese scones tomorrow, as so many nettles near compost heap, so good to make use of them plus leave some for decoctions and butterflies.Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:03

Well here we are with June tomorrow already - Don't know where May went! So much to do in and around the garden and yet that wonderful earthy feeling of 'growing' leaves one vibrant and satisfied at the end of each day at this time of year, instead of lack lustre and worn out in Winter. The Bio Dynamic Weather Calender forecasts a bright June but fairly cool weather until the 17th, particularly at night. Saturn is in Scorpio and the Water influence is strong, particularly with Uranus in Pisces so rain is highly likely. Jupiter in Leo ensures warm humid weather from the middle of the month, so beware of mildew, and allied problems due to humidity. Make sure greenhouses well ventilated and good spacing between pots to allow for airflow..

Best dates for transplanting are from 6th - 20th June. Star gazers look out for Jupiter/Mars & Saturn at night and Mercury in the morning.

Here is the Lunar Calender from 1 - 12th June - Happy Gardening!

1 - 2nd June - Moon rising in Pisces so likely to be wet - Leaf Days.Sow Summer lettuces in part shade. Sow Chard/Sweet Fennel (bulbing) herbs and Rocket.

3rd June - Fruit Day Sow cucumbers and courgettes outside in pockets of compost.

4/5/6th June - New Moon on 5th in Taurus so Root Days - Sow Winter radish between Carrots - Not only will the carrots be sweeter, but the radishes give off a sulphuric aroma disliked by carrot fly. Sow swedes and more parsnips.

7th June - Flower Day Moon descending. Take cuttings from flowering shrubs, and layer wysteria and honeysuckle. Gather and dry flowers for tisanes. Transplant broccoli sown 1/2nd May.

8/9th June - Moon in Cancer & Jupiter Leaf Days. Transplant celery sown 6/8th April, trimming the leaves and roots a little to kickstart fresh growth. Keep well watered.

10/11/12th June - Fruit Days. Moon in Leo. Take out old leaves and unwanted side shoots tomatoes/cucumbers and pumpkins. Pinch out centre fruit of triplets in apples and pears, thus allowing others to grow on. Take out smaller apple of pairs to avoid damage from rubbing.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 09:09

Hi GWRS - Have sent you a separate message. Look out for Lunar Calender tomorrow. Boots the Bengal USELESS at moling, came home with 2 baby rabbits instead which I released back into the wild - He is furious with me. Sent him back to the mole hills! - although I did use 1 or 2 for potting on base when I split some primulas yesterday. Chucked rest on new compost heap as too much grass only on there.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 09:07

What a cracking plot - Looks really good and much tidier than mine!! So much to do at the moment. Aquilegias are stunning and irises just coming out. Walked around Potager at 6am this morning as exhibiting at Hunting Shooting Fishing Fair for 3 days lunchtime so lots of baking to do - It was like walking around fairyland - So still and magical following rain - I love that earthy smell, you can feel everything growing. I even whispered good morning to the slugs and snails - Somehow everything was perfect. Boots the Bengal followed me and tiptoed around sniffing the wallflowers and twirling his whiskers - then he spotted a molehill which had arrived overnight, and I left him down there on Mole Duty!

I have not been to Monets Garden but if you can give me the dates - I can let you have other Fairs and Gardens to visit on your route nearer the time. Contrary to the news, we have full petrol tanks and no riots in our area. It is only Paris and Marseilles plus other major cities as usual playing up. Glad to be staying near home though. Motorway Stations are shut. I think President Hollande is glad that he is tucked away in Japan. Talking of which, I have a Japanese Maple, any special care required?

Still do not know how to upload photos onto this site. -Sorry. Technology and I do not get on.

Have a good w/e and Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 16:23

Hi everyone

Here is the Lunar Calender 20-31 May and I'm sorry but more rain forecast as Uranus sitting firmly in Pisces.

20/21 May - Full Moon 9pm on 21st Moon descending in Libra -Flower Days Prune spring flowering shrubs once they have faded and divide spring bulbs once the leaves have yellowed. Plant out Buzy Lizzies and petunias sown 8th March Thin out Cauliflowers and Broccoli sown 1/2 May (Mine have only just sprouted!)

22/23 May - Leaf Days Moon in Scorpio with Mars on 22nd. Prune evergreen and deciduous hedges. Thin out salad crops and prick out cabbages sown 3/5 May.

24/25/26 May - Moon Descending in Sagittarius & Mars & Venus on 25th- Fruit Days. Sow all Beans plus more peas/mangetouts together with nasturtiums who will attract blackfly and aphids away from growing crop. Sow Sweetcorn.

27/28 May - Moon in Capricorn -Root Days. Sow chicory and carrots.

29/30 May - Moon rising in Neptune at 5pm on 29th - Flower Days - Sow bi-annuals and perrenials. No gardening before 10.45am on 30th

31 May - Leaf Day Sow more salad crops including perpetual spinach/rocket/celery and beetroot for leaves only.

So there we have it - another month nearly over. A glimpse at June shows cooler nights, balmy days but more wet weather. All will be revealed nearer the time! Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 15:32

All well here after wonderful w/e at Garden Fair south of Rouen. I was placed opposite a Bio Nursery full of herbs that I had never come across before - Bought Arnica/Liveche (Perpetual spicy celery) Blue Magic Basil which is a giant of a plant, plus 1 Totem tomato /2 Blue Shimmer Germanica irises to put near pond and a Snow Queen Siberica Iris which is so so pretty and delicate, to place near my seat in the Potager to gaze at on sunny days - Talking of which where is the sun? We seem to have very little at present but raining buckets today - Not surprised no gardening recommended in Lunar Calender - Would not want to do it anyway! Have done best I could in between showers in and out of greenhouse. Now having trouble getting into greenhouse, and I thought 12 x 8 big enough!! Keep getting grabbed by angry plants. Have decided tender potted shrubs MUST go outside, to make room for rampant babies that I grew from cuttings last year (Why am I such a sucker for growing more of what I've got already?!) Rescued lots of babies growing in carpark and being threatened by Weedkiller fanatic husband! Yes, they should be put on compost heap - but they look so healthy and I'm sure that I have space somewhere! - GWRS your allotment sounds really full - How big is it? I'm not growing sunflowers this year - Lots of poppies/cosmos/marigolds instead to encourage more insects to Potager. - Sawfly have arrived on gooseberries. Bio Nursery recommended a decoction of garlic & camomile. Try anything once! Look out for next few days Lunar Calender tomorrow.  Happy Gardening.

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