Until after the dark of the moon on Monday 27th February 2017.
This week, take a rest from sowing seeds – do other garden stuff instead.
Down-under, enjoy holidays, beaches, etc.
Or, harvest the results of your efforts and store for future use – freeze, preserve, dry, make flavored oils, vinegar, jams, chutney etc
In the northern hemisphere, it’s time to plan to sow seeds big time for future planting out into the ground when it’s warmer.
Here are a few areas we turn our attention to:
- Weather is warmer [hot? depending where you are], so check soil moisture. Simplest way is to poke a finger into the soil – is is dry or moist? Some areas will be drier than others in different parts of a garden.
- Put out water in shallow dishes for birds – their pest management efforts will increase as a thank you. Summer is a time when fresh water may be harder for them to find otherwise. Keep the dishes clean and refill frequently.
- Remove annuals which are past being useful [scrawny silver-beet, lettuces, other greens heading to seed and not needed as future seed stock] to plant another round of ??? maybe a green manure crop soon?
- Read up on types of seeds to plant for success in summer/autumn – and what not to plant now as they will bolt from small seedling to seed production rather than the parts we like to eat.
- Plan to create optimum conditions to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit.
- Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.
As the moon nears its smallest visible ‘dark of the moon’ phase, it is best to take a week off from planting or sowing seeds at this time as it is associated with spindly, weak growth.
If you like experiments about when to plant for best results, check out the idea from a past month to see how the recommendations for best/worst seed sowing outcomes from moon-planting guides work for you. Maybe they do, and maybe they don’t.
At the minimum, these moon planting guides remind me to plant SOMETHING, plan a little, and help me have a continuous supply!
Enjoy your garden and whatever it offers now!