Sow below-ground crops

Sow below-ground crops

Recommended best days for sowing seeds to grow great root crops are

Tuesday 1st May, then again from afternoon Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May 2018 

Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon – which will be on Monday 30th April 2018.

Here in south Auckland we’ve had rain so the ground is moist – and it’s supposed to be a warm, late winter according to NIWA. So we are putting in some carrots – I prefer Egmont Gold as it is less affected by carrot fly.

Also beetroot, daikons, radish, parsnip, etc.

Garlic

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.

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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
Heather

 

PS

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]

 

PPS

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!

Sow below-ground crops

Sow below-ground crops

Recommended best days for sowing seeds to grow great root crops are

Sunday 1st April to Wednesday 4th April 2018 [will we find time over Easter to sow a bit?]

and also Saturday 7th April 2018

Often planting charts talk generally of sowing these seeds during the week after the full moon – which will be on Saturday 31st March 2018.

Maybe northern hemisphere sowings may be good if the ground has warmed up?

Down-under, if you have cooler weather, and moist soil then you have a good possibility to grow good root crops now. Here in south Auckland we’ve had rain so the ground is soaking up the water – wonderful! This year we will plant with confidence they can grow.

There’s time to put in some carrots – I prefer Egmont Gold as it is less affected by carrot fly.

Also beetroot, daikons, radish, parsnip, etc.

Garlic

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.

20161207_171407

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
Heather

 

PS

For more ideas about what to sow and when in NZ, have a look at http://gardenate.com

PPS

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!

A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Autumn is here – a different time in the garden than we’ve had over summer.

If you can keep soil moist, these are good times to sow root crops:

  • Sunday 4th March through to  Thursday morning 8th March 2018.

after the full moon on Friday 2nd March 2018. [Here in New Zealand]

Here in Auckland, the outside ground is warm and germination will be fast [as long as it stays moist].

This is a time when sowing fresh seed which is alive gives rapid results. If the seed is old then it often doesn’t sprout or growth is weak and spindly. This problem shows quickly at this time so we can make another sowing to fill the gaps.

We love the growth in autumn.

If we still have frequent hot days, that can be enough to send tiny seedlings to bypass forming a root and make seeds instead.

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others don’t like root disturbance and bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

 

 

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil with constant moisture.

 

Best wishes for your garden at this time
Cheers
Heather

 

 

 

A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is warm and germination will be fast. Keeping ground moist for tiny seedlings is the issue at this time of year.  And the weather has been HOT! We will wait until autumn to sow seed rather than have to sort out automatic irrigation at this time of year [or hand-hose frequently each day!]

Also, frequent hot days can be enough to send tiny seedlings to bypass forming a root and make seeds instead.

If you can keep soil moist and cool, the good times to sow root crops are:

  • Sunday 4th February to Wednesday 7th February 2018.

after the full moon on Thursday 1st February 2018. [Here in New Zealand]

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil with constant moisture.

We focus more on caring for crops already growing.

Best wishes for your garden at this time
Cheers
Heather

 

 

 

A week to grow below-ground crops

A week to grow below-ground crops

Welcome to 2018 everyone!

 

Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is warm and germination will be fast. Keeping ground moist for tiny seedlings is the issue at this time of year. We wait until autumn to sow seed rather than have to sort out automatic irrigation at this time of year [or hand-hose frequently each day!]

Also, frequent hot days can be enough to send tiny seedlings to bypass forming a root and make seeds instead.

If you can keep soil moist, these are good times to sow root crops:

  • Wednesday 3rd January and Monday 8th January 2018.

after the full moon on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. [Here in New Zealand]

Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.

With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil with constant moisture.

We focus more on caring for crops already growing.

Best wishes for your garden at this time
Cheers
Heather

 

 

 

It’s time to plant for strong root growth

It’s time to plant for strong root growth

Here in New Zealand, it’s good to sow seeds for strong root growth next week [after the full moon on Monday 4th December 2017].

  • Especially good on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2017.

 

If you can squeeze in a little planting time amidst the busy December time, the ground is warm, we’ve had a strange assortment of rain – very localized – here in Auckland, maybe if your ground is moist, sow some more root crops?

They’ll need watering to germinate and grow so if that’s a challenge in the December busy-ness, wait for another time. We do not sow carrots now for that reason. The larger seeds of beets and daikon radish can be sown deeper in the soil so are less prone to drying out – much more likely to be successful.

 

 

I might sow some

  • daikon radish – larger seeds can be sown deeper so will stay more moist than smaller seeds nearer the surface and drying out [like carrots]. The white root is great to eat. 20160927_172201

 

  • beetroot – ‘seed’ is a largish cluster of seeds so can also be planted deeper.  ‘Bulls blood’ or ‘Detroit red’ are some tried and true heritage varieties we use.

 

  • Ginger! We can even grow small ones here in Auckland. Joy! First time we have actually got a harvest – it might be small but it broke from the rest of the root and it gives hope we can grow even bigger ones.

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    Ginger from our garden 2017 04 17

 

PS Seeds and plants like ‘real’ water – preferably rain. Otherwise the next best is tank water of stored rain. Then maybe bore water, last treated water from a mains supply.

One older gardener we knew would place all sorts of containers outside to catch the rain to water her seedlings. She used all sorts from teapots on! She also grew great veg!

Seed sowing this week is best for below ground crops

Seed sowing this week is best for below ground crops

Good root crops of carrots, beetroot, parsnip, radish, etc.

The moon is appearing smaller in the sky as it moves past full on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Best sowing days will be Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th, Monday 11th September 2017 [in Auckland, NZ] .

Spring has sprung and this is a great time to look at sowing seeds for the below-ground crops you enjoy. Here we will think about sowing carrots, daikon and beetroot [because these are the root crops our family eat mostly].

I use ‘Egmont Gold‘ carrots as they appear to be less troubled by carrot fly.

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We also love ‘Chiogga‘ beetroot. These are 2-tone globes with concentric circles of red and white – very pretty. They also taste sweeter than other beets – maybe they are a cross between original beetroot and sugar-beet?

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Daikon radish – a staple in curries and stir-fries for us.

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Our garlic crop went in last autumn and is growing away.

 

 

Will harvest it around the end of the year. It often is said to “plant garlic on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day”. We find it better here to give it longer so plant in autumn and it has good growth before slowing in the colder weather – when weeds can take over if the garlic is smaller.

Only issue we find planting earlier, is with garlic rust which saps the energy from the plant. Some years it takes over more than others and reduces size of bulbs. We give garlic air space around the plants and try for a breezy area. This seems to help. Also feed the ground well before planting, weed out competition and generally give them TLC are our strategies.

The garlic we planted in some beds which had nutrients added over many years is growing well, with no rust.
The garlic planted in a newer bed which has had less nutrients yet has rust.

Garlic planted in pots also shows rust.

There’s something valuable in the ‘feed it well and give it space’ idea.

For more about garlic, here’s a post I wrote.

 

May you and your garden flourish
Heather