Sow below-ground crops after 5th July

Sow below-ground crops after 5th July

Plant bulbs now!

It’s late to put in any seeds as the ground is cold 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 chives, garlic, other onion type bulbs] instead.

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

Monday 6th July, then again on Thursday 9th  through to Saturday 11th July 2020.

Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon – which will be on Sunday 5th July 2020.


Garlic can still be planted from now with good results.

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]

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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