Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 30th August

Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 30th August

Take time out from sowing seeds from Saturday 24th August until after the dark of the moon on Friday 30th August 2019. 

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 [and when the ground is warm!].

Maybe give some protection to anything still growing which likes some shelter from frost, or wind and rain.

Also,

  • Maybe give some protection to anything which likes shelter from frost, wind or rain. Some bamboo canes, poly-pipe, plastic sheet and bird-netting to hold it all together in strong winds works well. We peg the netting down to the ground with weed-mat wire pegs or loop it round nails in raised bed edges.
  • read up on this next season and seed types to plant for success – they all have their favorite times.
  • prepare beds to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit when the time is right.
  • Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.

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!

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Sow below-ground crops after 16th August

Sow below-ground crops after 16th August

If you have a hot-house or tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow root crops:

  • after 4 pm Friday 16th August through to Sunday 18th August 2019 and again on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd August 2019.

after the full moon on Thursday 15th August 2019.

Here in Auckland, the outside ground has cooled down and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside. Maybe potatoes could be planted in sheltered spots which are frost-free.

“As the days do lengthen, the cold does strengthen” is an old quote from my grand-parents time. Even as late winter changes into early spring, the weather sometimes seems to hold onto winter cold and storms – then turns into warm summer.  Back and forward. Spring seems to be really a mixture of winter and summer. So planting in the open ground is still in need of protection.

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!

Sow seeds for fruits, flowers and seeds before 15th August

Sow seeds for fruits, flowers and seeds before 15th August

In Auckland, even though the days are getting longer,  the ground is cold and there is little we sow in the open now. Even putting seedlings into cold ground is not very successful as they are not happy to grow in the cold ground.

This is a time to sow under shelter, in hot-houses, tunnel-houses, conservatories, or inside somewhere with good light and warmth. A heat-pad [often sold at pet stores to keep pets warm] gives bottom heat needed by some seeds to germinate.

It’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week – best on

  • Monday 12th August and Tuesday 13th August 2019 [here in New Zealand]

Before the full moon on Thursday 15th August 2019. 

 

So, what could we plant this week?

Start tomato seeds, and capsicum, eggplant [aubergine], chilies – from the amazing solanaceae family – if you can continue their growth in warmth until November when seedlings could be planted outside and the ground has warmed up. Pots in a hot house or under a plastic bag in a sheltered spot on a patio/deck?

 

 

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 [even just sprouts on the window-sill], plan a little, and help me have a continuous supply!

Time for garden renovations!

Time for garden renovations!

Welcome to late winter/early spring – get ready to plant new seedlings and seeds when the ground warms up.

Here is an experiment we ran to

  • increase fertility of the very poor soil in the garden beds

  • provide a weed-free covering so weeds don’t take over.

We cut off the big weeds at their bases and added them to the compost bin. This left last season’s self-sown seedlings with space and light to grow.

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On top of the ground we added

  1. compost [from the compost bin – don’t you love cycles like this?!],

  2. covered the lot with newspaper – 2-3 sheets thick.

  3. Then on top spread a thin layer of wood shavings. Composting the wood shavings first would be much better but, hey, we wanted to see how it would go with fresh stuff.

  4. On top of this went ‘Fodda’ organic fertilizer mix [rock dust, fish meal, seaweed meal, etc] and ‘blood and bone’ around the plants we wanted to keep.

Wood shavings need nitrogen to decompose and, if not supplied, take it from the soil so plants haven’t enough and struggle. Adding nitrogen in different forms, along with the wood shavings worked well.

The small lettuces, silver-beet and last-seasons-chillies that had been struggling amidst the weeds responded really well, growing and providing leaves to eat, and later, chillies!

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PS, we net garden beds so the resident black-birds can’t follow along behind and create havoc as they love to do!

The net is pulled tight along the bottom so they can’t squeeze underneath. [It is pegged to posts with common clothes pegs] For black-bird, the net only needs to be knee-high or so, as they invade from ground-level here. For sparrows etc, the bed needs to be covered completely as they fly down and into it.

Each year we explore new ways – isn’t gardening wonderful?!

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!

Leafy greens time after 1st August

Leafy greens time after 1st August

In our garden in Auckland NZ, the open ground is too cold for much success sowing seeds and planting there. It’s a good time to put a plastic tunnel over a piece of ground to warm it up for sowing leafy seeds soon.

Sow seeds for leafy greens now if you have

  • a hot-house,
  • tunnel-house,
  • conservatory or
  • warm, bright window

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Best times for planting seeds of greens?

After the new moon on Thursday 1st August 2019 [which always gives the possibility of a new beginning] is the best week to plant for lush leafy greens.

The best days are Monday 5th through to Wednesday 7th August 2019 [here in New Zealand].

 

In Auckland the weather is cold and the ground is cold and wet.

If you already have leafy greens growing, do keep in mind that snails and slugs love tender greens! Check your growing crops and protect them from these beasties which can devastate tender plants.

We surround seedlings with a protective barrier where possible. These ones have been reused over and over so I am happy with them. We also use an assortment of cut-down plastic containers to surround seedlings.

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They also do better when protected from too much rain – a plastic house or cover really helps.

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[And – why do self-seeded ones prefer to grow in the path rather than the garden bed! ]

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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!

Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 1st August

Take time out from sowing seeds until after the 1st August

Take time out from sowing seeds from Thursday 25th July until after the dark of the moon on Thursday 1st August 2019. 

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 [and when the ground is warm!].

Maybe give some protection to anything still growing which likes some shelter from frost, or wind and rain.

Also,

  • Maybe give some protection to anything which likes shelter from frost, wind or rain. Some bamboo canes, poly-pipe, plastic sheet and bird-netting to hold it all together in strong winds works well. We peg the netting down to the ground with weed-mat wire pegs or loop it round nails in raised bed edges.
  • read up on this next season and seed types to plant for success – they all have their favorite times.
  • prepare beds to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit when the time is right.
  • Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.

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!

 —

Plant below-ground crops after 17th July

Plant below-ground crops after 17th July

If you have a hot-house or tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow seeds of root crops:

  • Saturday 20th July through to  Monday 22nd July 2019.

after the full moon on Wednesday 17th July.

Here in Auckland, the outside ground has cooled down and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside. Insread, plant tubers and rhizome crops instead – potatoes, yacon, Jerusalem artichokes, etc.

“As the days do lengthen, the cold does strengthen” is an old quote from my grand-parents time. After the mid-winter solstice, the weather seems to get colder before late spring warming.  So planting in the open ground is still in need of protection.

Potatoes

can be planted now – deep so they are protected from any late frosts in spring – see the tender green leaves and flowers would burn black with frosts so protect any new shoots which poke through the ground into the light.

Potatoes - 'Heather'  - in flower
Potatoes – ‘Heather’

Asparagus.

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Asparagus!

Yacon and jerusalem artichokes

have similar requirements and can have prolific output even when totally ignored and neglected.

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Yacon tuber to eat 20170507

Yacon has 2 types of tubers – a rounder, smoother tuber for eating. Crisp like an apple in texture, yet bland in flavour so OK in stir-fries etc where it absorbs the added flavour.

The knobbly, odd-shape tubers have ‘eyes’ which will sprout new growth in the following season so replant these tubers.

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Tumeric and ginger would be better planted in late spring as they need very warm ground to sprout.

If frost threatens when new shoots have poked through the ground, cover with frost-cloth, newspapers, old curtains, old sheets, etc so the shoots do not freeze and die off.

 

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!