Posted: 02/11/2016 at 14:15
Sorry I did not clock in with Weather Report yesterday. Forgot it was a Bank Holiday here and such a super sunny day, just had to spend it finishing garden jobs before temperatures drop. Trimmed and potted on strawberries/potted up fuschias to overwinter in greenhouse/potted up side rhizomes of favourite bearded irises to transplant to a new bed in Spring and cut back roses. Private Pushkin has found the catflap! - This means extra vigilance on the Potager and potty training for kittens which entails shouting loudly 'no' and clapping hands every time he approaches flower or vegetable beds, and leads to him (hopefully) to follow Boots the Bengal to tiddle etc in the back field normally in the molehills! This gets rid of the moles so very useful exercise!
Anyway - as promised I have the predictions from all French and BioDynamic journals for November weather. Interesting to note that they all say without exception that we have warm weather up until the 9th November, then expect North winds and general unsettled days from 12th with the 15/16th seeing a fall in temperature leading to rain and possible snow from 19-25th. Then it is supposed to turn wintery from 25th with more snow likely. With Neptune in Aquarius rain is the most likely forecast, but the dips in temperature caused by Saturn in Scorpio joined on 11th and 19th by the Sun and Mercury causes very unsettled colder days. Obelixx look out for Calendrier Lunaire 2017 by Michel Gros for 7.90Euros, he is the top man for predictions and has a sound grounding in Organic and Biodynamic Gardening -I find him more accurate than most -He also gives distance guides for accuracy, which you should find useful in the Vendee in relationship to us from Jersey up to Northern UK. The most important thing to remember is that we are in the Northern Hemisphere, so the guidelines above will be generally accurate for all of us. The Maria Thun Biodynamic Calender at £6.99 is a 'must' for those taking things really seriously -A little more difficult to follow than some Websites, but a good read. GWRS you are streaks ahead of me on the allotment! - well done and hope you enjoyed your break.
So - here is the Lunar Calender from 2nd -16th November
2nd/3rd Nov - Moon descending in Scorpio so Leaf Days. Start planting bare root trees and shrubs. Gather dead leaves and burn diseased ones, compost the rest or spread over flower beds to give bulbs a warm blanket. Spread compost on Potager and around roses avoiding really fresh manure. This is best placed in a seperate heap, covered with dead leaves and left to ripen for spreading in Feb/March.
4/5/6th Nov - Fruit Days with Moon ascending in Sagittarius. In milder regions sow Broad Beans and round seeded peas, remembering to earth them up well when sprouted. Harvest kiwis and if you want them to ripen quickly put them in a plastic bag with an apple, which will cause them to ripen faster. Gather the last apples and pears. If anyone is reading this in the Sth of France - harvest olives!
7/8th Nov - Root Days - Check stored Potatoes and remove any side shoots. Cover early Carrots and Onions with cloches.
9/10th Nov - Moon ascending -Flower Days Avoid gardening on 9th after 10.50am as Moon crossing with Neptune. Clean and feed indoor flowering plants. Check outside to ensure that all fragile plants are now fleeced and protected against stormy weather predictions on 11th.
11/12/13th Nov - Leaf Days. Harvest Brussel Sprouts/Spinach/ Salad Leaves, and pick last herbs outside before they perish or become dormant, a noticeable bitterness in taste accompanies the period before dormancy even if leaves look fresh. Sow lambs lettuce under cloches and the last batch of
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