Do other garden stuff instead. Eg, renovate your garden beds ready for a green-manure crop or for re-planting.
From 19th May until after the dark of the moon on Friday 26th May 2017.
This is also a great time to enjoy the garden, and see it from a broader perspective than just working in it – one thing after another. What does yours offer you? What gifts – large or small – has it for you now:
- Scent of flowers?
- Beauty of flowers to gladden and lift the heart [a wonderful balance to the ‘heady’ world many of us live in]?
- Something to harvest – a great bounty or a few dandelion leaves [small new ones, un-sprayed, can do great things for our livers and digestion]?
- Butterflies to remind us of the importance of joy in our lives as they flit here, there and somewhere else for no apparent reason? Are any still around?
- Birds which are great friends in the garden [clearing up pests on our plants] and how can you encourage the helpful ones [and discourage the nuisance ones]?
- Worms! growing rich soil to grow great plants?
- A seat to sit on and reflect
- Views to enjoy
- Energy and vibrancy of growing things
Here are a few areas we turn our attention to:
- Remove annuals which are past being useful [read – scrawny silver-beet, lettuces, other greens heading to seed and not needed as future seed stock] to prepare a bed for planting come spring.
- Plan to create optimum conditions to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit. Check their needs – do they want very rich soil or less nutrients?
- Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.
Harvest the fruits of your efforts from past months – this is a time to enjoy results. Store mature pumpkins, squash, Tromboncino squash [ like zucchini but tastier], chokos, lettuce, endive, chilies, broccoli, kale [which is pretty well perennial here now and self-seeds well], silver-beet, bright-lights beets, beetroot, daikon radish.
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.
For more information about moon planting, Organic Lesson gives a reasonably clear over-view. I like exploring such ideas for myself rather than just trusting and believing.
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!