Take time out from sowing seeds until after the dark of the moon on Sunday 21st June 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.
- 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 from any fallen leaves still around -great for potting mixes in spring.
- A-n-d – to save seeds of your best plants when the seeds are fully formed and brown/black or otherwise matured so they will keep well. Dry thoroughly and I find winter is a great time to sort the good from the rest, package, label and store them for next season. They are a promise that vibrant, lush growth can happen even when I see cold winter surrounds with dead-looking leafless trees and bushes.
Sunday 21st June 2020 at 09:45 am.
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.
Happy 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!