Recommended best days for sowing seeds to grow great root crops are
Tuesday 1st May, then again from afternoon Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May 2018
Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon – which will be on Monday 30th April 2018.
Here in south Auckland we’ve had rain so the ground is moist – and it’s supposed to be a warm, late winter according to NIWA. So we are putting in some carrots – I prefer Egmont Gold as it is less affected by carrot fly.
Also beetroot, daikons, radish, parsnip, etc.
Garlic can be planted from now with good results. We’ll prepare some areas and start putting the crop in from now onward until the shortest day.
Some years we’ve had great success with this crop – to read how we grew great garlic, go here.
We’ll choose the biggest bulbs, with the biggest cloves to replant first. The bigger the seed clove, the bigger the food store for the new seedling so it has the best start to grow big and strong.
Then we’ll save the large cloves from smaller bulbs to also plant. [And eat the smaller cloves]
May you and your garden flourish
For more ideas about what to sow and when in NZ, have a look at Tui Planting calendar or at http://gardenate.com [although I disagree with some of the recommendations as Auckland really is more temperate than sub-tropical we have found]
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!