Take a rest from sowing seeds this week

Take a rest from sowing seeds this week

Take time out from sowing seeds from Thursday 8th until after the dark of the moon on Friday 16th February 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 harvesting what was sown before? All sorts of veg are yielding now – beans, even snake beans; zuccs, tomatoes, peppers, chilies, and whatever else you planted [so hopefully some time ago].

What a wonderful season it is here in Auckland. So warm and we have had a few down-pours which replenished our water tanks and did wonders for the garden. Only thing is the humidity is ideal for molds and other fungus on leaves so need attention to keep them healthy.


This is not a time to sow/plant – and, it is also the harvest season so it’s nice we can enjoy it.


It’s great we can  keep garden maintenance just ticking over for a bit as we spend more time harvesting and storing the results.

A garden can be a great place to spend a few moments to get over the hot weather – after the cooling breezes arrive in the evening or else early in the morning – lovely. Take a few minutes to 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 summer 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!


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