Down-under this week is a time we can sow seeds for optimum growth of fruits and flowers – especially Friday 29th September 2017, Saturday 30th then again on Tuesday 3rd October and Wednesday 4th too. [here in New Zealand].
The ground is still cold in shaded places here in Auckland. Sow out in warm, sunny ground now for best results.
A heat-pad [often sold at pet stores to keep pets warm] gives bottom heat to punnets/pots/trays which greatly helps some seeds to germinate the ‘warmth-lovers’ – tomatoes, eggplant, chilies, capsicum, melons, pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers and similar.
We will sow
- tomatoes – keep them inside until late October or even November [especially if the weather is cold and wet]. Plant them outside when the ground is warm enough for them to flourish outside. Or keep them inside! Here’s a post I wrote about how we grow great tomatoes early in the season.
- pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes]/cucumbers – if you have lots of space, compost and warmth
- legumes – time to plant bean seeds now – remember to protect them from snails and slugs. Here’s how we grow beans over a l-o-n-g season.
- Flowers – sow summer and autumn flowering ones now – so wonderful in the garden to uplift spirits and bring joy to humans as well as encourage bees and other beneficial insects too.
This week the moon is growing towards full and the days listed are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings if the outside climate is provided for their needs. See more about planting by the moon here.
PS. The full moon is on Friday 6th October 2017.