Take time out from sowing seeds until after the dark of the moon on Saturday 23rd May 2020. 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.
- Big ‘clean-up’ time still? Build a new compost bin – to take lots of annual plants which die and are ready to be composted. [and deciduous leaves add great carbon store to the compost so we collect the fallen leaves from these street trees too]
- renovate garden beds ready for their next plantings in spring.
- read up on this next season and seed types to plant for success – they all have their favorite times.
- learn more about the optimum conditions to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit
- Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.
- Save seeds of your best plants
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!