Take time out from sowing seeds from Tuesday 9th until after the dark of the moon on Wednesday 17th January 2018. 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.
Maybe enjoy feasting from what was sown before? Strawberries, other berries, plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots! What a wonderful season it is here in Auckland.
This is not a time to sow/plant – and, it is also the holiday season so it’s nice we can enjoy it.
It’s great we can focus on the holiday events, and keep garden maintenance just ticking over for a bit. And it’s even rained in Auckland so we can ease up on watering!
The garden can still get out of hand when plants grow fast from warmth + moisture. Keep it simple now and know you can catch up later. Watering has been important until now so keep an eye on soil moisture still – automatic waterers are wonderful.
And spend time enjoying produce from plants you put in before.
A garden can be a great place to spend a few moments to reduce the holiday-season hectic-ness. Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy the garden – really sit and savor it.
Your well-being is supported by your garden if you can take a few moments and be revitalized and ready for the rest of your day.
Best wishes for the holiday season, and I hope you can enjoy your garden with whatever it offers now!
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!