Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 13th July

Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 13th July

Take time out from sowing seeds from Friday 6th July until after the dark of the moon on Friday 13th July 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.

Take this time to wander around and really LOOK at:

  • what is doing well,
  • what isn’t,
  • what is ready for harvesting,
  • where you will soon have space for new plantings,
  • where you would like more screening from un-wanted sights,
  • where your lovely views are being covered by previous plantings,
  • where the cold/hot winds usually come from so you can screen, diffuse and moderate them


  • read up on this next season and seed types to plant for success – they all have their favorite times.
  • learn more about the optimum conditions to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit
  • Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.

Even maybe plan to visit Auckland Tree Crops Annual Tree and Plant Sale

Saturday 14 July 2018   9 am to 1 pm   Wet or Fine

 Auckland Botanic Gardens, Courtyard

Everyone welcome:  gardeners, lifestyle and small block holders, farmers, nurseries. Buy and sell, look, talk trees and ask questions.

Trees and plants suitable for Auckland, Common and Unusual fruit trees,

Subtropicals, Pip and Stone Fruit and items for your garden.

Local experts to answer your questions about growing fruit.

Workshops by Sheryn Clothier: “Growing with Nature to Produce Nutrient-dense food.”

And the Compost Collective.


May you and your garden flourish


For more ideas about what to sow and when in NZ, have a look at http://gardenate.com


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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