Take time out from sowing seeds from Friday 30th November until after the dark of the moon on Friday 7th December 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.
This is not a time to sow/plant – and, it is the ‘busy holiday season’.
It’s great we can focus on the holiday events, and keep garden maintenance just ticking over for a bit.
The garden can still get out of hand when warm weather gets plants growing fast. Keep it simple now and know you can catch up later.
A garden can be a great place to spend a few moments to reduce the frenetic holiday-season state which is around so much at this time. Have you noticed?
Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy the garden – really sit and savor it.
Life is about more than ‘getting stuff done’ and at this time of year it’s easy to forget that as we see so many things to do [and urgently as the weeds take over our prized beds]. And there is a tug to be part of all the events happening at this time. 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.
And prioritizing your well-being over dealing with holiday season happenings and weeds is how you can enjoy all.
Best wishes for the holiday season, and I hope you can enjoy your garden with whatever it offers now!
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!