Autumn in Auckland, New Zealand can be such a lovely time.
It’s late in the season to sow seeds, but if you want to try for optimum growth of fruits, seeds and flowers this week, best to try on
Tuesday 5th – morning of Thursday 7th May 2020.
Before the full moon on Thursday 7th May 2020.
Down-under, here in New Zealand, days are short so there is less sunlight to support good growth.
The ground is still warmish.
- Peas. Maybe it’s time to plant peas again now – they like it cooler so will crop in the cooler season. Plant the seeds 3x diameter of the seed to keep them down where the soil will be moister than near the surface where they could still dry out.
- Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel-sprouts, kale, etc – seedlings rather than seeds probably would be better now. So we get a crop before these slow-growing plants bolt to seed as weather warms up in spring.
- Flowers – check requirements. Maybe we can still plant flowers which will over-winter – different types to spring planting. Sweet peas! Love them.
This week the moon is growing towards full and the days listed are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.
and a note to remind everyone about a problem fruiting plant now:
Choko: a ‘fruit’ we use as a vegetable is in season now – and the look-alike noxious pest Moth Plant is also fruiting now!
To know which you have, here’s a post I wrote to help show the differences – Chokos are delicious, especially when small! Enjoy.
Top row – Noxious moth plant:
Bottom row – delicious choko!
Here’s the post I wrote to help show the differences so you can enjoy chokos!
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!