Take time out from sowing seeds from Saturday 27th April until after the dark of the moon on Sunday 5th May 2019. 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.
Do other things instead.
Such as enjoy the stunning autumn colours of trees, flowers and seeds in the garden.
Autumn is such a lovely month for flowers and color. Trees changing from green to gold, red and brown. Then shedding leaves onto the ground.
For some of us, this is a gift of mulch/compost for the garden, nourishing plants we grow.
For some people, it’s a problem, creating mess, blocked drains and slippery paths.
So, if you are an avid gardener, consider leaves as a resource falling from our trees to the ground. Especially from our beautiful street trees which provide shade in summer and light in winter. It would be great if the leaves were used rather than taken away as waste by the council street sweeper.
And if your neighbors see the leaves as a problem, maybe you can relieve them of their problem to create a wonderful benefit in your garden. This is a great time to
- Have a big ‘clean-up’ time! Build a new compost bin – this is a time when lots of annual plants die and are ready to be composted – a great mix with the carbon from leaves fallen to the ground and some grass clippings or manure.
- Renovate garden beds ready for their next plantings and give them a covering of leaves over some compost and other nutrients. Stops weeds growing and soil washing away in heavy rain as well as giving the worms and other soil life protection from the cold winter weather.
- Make some lovely leaf mold for great potting mixes in spring from the fallen leaves.
- A-n-d save seeds from your best plants when the seeds are fully formed and brown/black or otherwise matured so they will keep well.
Happy autumn gardening everyone!
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!