Happy longest day down-under!

Happy longest day down-under!

The Solstice is on Saturday 22nd December 2018, at 7.24 am. Longest day here in NZ.

There is something about the turn of the seasons. This is the time when each day has a little less sunlight and nights become a little longer. There seems to be a lag with temperature. Days maybe getting shorter, but summer really only arrives in January for the next 3 months.

Harvest garlic around the longest day. Here’s a post I wrote about growing garlic.

Now the weather can warm up and give blue skies and sun for our tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, chilies, cucumbers, pumpkins [I keep trying to grow butternuts as we really like them. They need heat so here’s hoping for this year!]


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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