Autumn in New Zealand – go for it – sow lots now!
It’s time we can sow seeds for optimum growth of fruits, flowers and seeds this week,
especially Friday 15th March through to morning of Sunday 17th 2019
Before the full moon on Thursday 21st March 2019.
Down-under, here in New Zealand, the ground is warm and seeds germinate quickly. We finally had good rain, 20+ mm here in Auckland, so the ground is quite moist again – hooray!
If you haven’t already planted these and have them growing strongly, another sowing can be good still.
We can still sow seeds throughout the week of
- beans – if we are lucky [I sow direct and put out snail bait or surround them with plastic cut-off bottles to protect from snails and slugs which love baby seedling legumes]. ‘Prince’ dwarf variety is good to grow now at the end of the season. Also worth trying other dwarf beans you like. These are purple tee pee and a butter bean.
- Peas! Maybe it’s time to plant peas again now – they like it cooler so will crop when the cooler weather arrives. Plant the seeds 3x diameter of the seed to keep them down where the soil will be moister than near the surface where they could still dry out. All sorts of peas – snow peas, sugar snap peas, shelling peas. Our favorites are sugar snap peas.
- Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel-sprouts, etc
- Flowers – check requirements as they will be in their seedling stage as weather is still variable – some like it hot, some don’t. Keep them moist. Now we can plant flowers which will over-winter – different types to spring planting. Such as sweet peas!
This week the moon is growing towards full and the days listed are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.
May the weather support growing great plants!
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!