Below-ground crops after 17th June; and celebrate the solstice

Below-ground crops after 17th June; and celebrate the solstice

Plant garlic now!

It’s getting late to put in any seeds as the ground is getting colder so germination is slow. Then the seeds are likely to be eaten rather than grow for us. Or just sit and shiver and do nothing. If you really want to sow seeds, find a warm place. Instead, plant bulbs [including garlic] instead! And other onion-family bulbs such as leeks, chives, garlic chives, onions, etc.

If you have a warm, sunny spot, recommended best days for sowing seeds to grow great root crops are

Tuesday 18th June to Thursday morning 20th, then again on Sunday 23rd to Tueasday morning 25th June 2019. 

Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon – which will be on Monday 17th June 2019.



Garlic can be planted from now with good results. We’ll prepare some areas and start putting the crop in from now onward until the shortest day.

Some years we’ve had great success with this crop – to read how we grew great garlic, go here.


We’ll choose the biggest bulbs, with the biggest cloves to replant first. The bigger the seed clove, the bigger the food store for the new seedling so it has the best start to grow big and strong.

Then we’ll save the large cloves from smaller bulbs to also plant. [And eat the smaller cloves]

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Friday 21st June 2019 at 11:55 pm – just before midnight. 

The shortest day, and the longest night.

Such an important turning point in the cycle of the year – when we are at the minimum day length [or maximum depending on which hemisphere of our wonderful planet we are in].

A-n-d for us in the southern hemisphere, from now onward, each day has a little bit more light. Woo hoo!

After the shortest day it is so nice to find more and more light coming back to warm and nourish our gardens and us. When there is not enough hours of sunlight, plants can’t create what they need to grow. So they sit. Light is so important to them.

Now, even though the ground is cold, it is time to look towards the new season and work out what to plant where in spring. Planning time rather than ‘doing’ time still – and can’t it be hard to wait! I so want to see new growth and the promise of lush, vibrant gardens again.


May you and your garden flourish



For more ideas about what to sow and when in NZ, have a look at


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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