Take time out from sowing seeds from Friday 10th until after the dark of the moon on Saturday 18th November 2017. As the moon nears its smallest visible ‘dark of the moon’ phase, this time is associated with spindly, weak growth – wait a week or so.
Do other stuff instead.
- Prepare garden beds
- Check up on compost making – is there any to use [and where?] or is it time to get a new one going?
- How about a worm farm? If you have one, how is it going? Can you get some ‘worm juice’ and spread it around to give a boost to the seedlings and plants growing in the garden now?
- Wander round your garden and see where there is space for more plantings. What do you like eating which would go there? Is it sunny in mid-summer – so not lettuces! [Maybe tomatoes? Cucumbers? Chilies? Pumpkins?]
- Where are weeds over-taking seedlings and its time to give new seedlings space?
- What pests are around? Flying insects? Snails? Slugs? Caterpillars? The neighbors bunny? What could you do now, while their numbers are low, to minimize their effects on your plants?
- What beneficial insects are around now? Honey bees, bumble bees, predators removing pests from your crops? And many others. How could they be encouraged to come and help your garden more?
- Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy the garden – really sit and savor it.
Life is about more than ‘getting a list of jobs done’ and at this time of year it’s easy to forget that as we see so many things to do [and urgently as the weeds take over our prized beds]. But savoring your garden ‘as is’ can give unexpected bonuses. What is there for you?
For more about planting by the moon phases,
If you like experiments about when to plant for best results, a great one is to plant the same seeds in rows right beside each other [so all other conditions are identical], and label the rows with the date of planting. Then sow seeds from 1 packet at weekly intervals, each week in a new row.
This way you can 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.
I enjoy experimenting with such ideas – and if only I can rescue the rows from the snails and black-birds, I might even get some results to share!
Here’s a post I wrote about planting by the moon phases if you like more information and reflections on it.
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!