Take time out from sowing seeds from Tuesday 2nd October until after the dark of the moon on Tuesday 9th October 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 [and when the ground is warm!].
Maybe give some protection to anything still growing which likes some shelter from wind and rain. Plastic tunnels are very handy at this time.
- Prepare garden beds for planting
- either stake plants you wish to keep for seed production [for next year’s crops]
- or remove the bolting plants [like the beet stalks above]to free up space for new crops
- Collect items such as plastic covers, bird-net, pegs, snail deterrent/bait/traps so your efforts planting will be able to survive the animals/birds/weather
- Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.
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!