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!

Sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

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

  • Wednesday 22nd August and Thursday 23rd August 2018 [here in New Zealand]

Before the full moon on Sunday 26th August 2018. 

 

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!

Autumn down-under or spring up north!

Autumn down-under or spring up north!

We are really into Autumn here in New Zealand!

Or to Spring in the northern hemisphere – go for it now – sow lots!

It’s time we can sow seeds for optimum growth of fruits and flowers this week,

  • especially Tuesday 4th and Monday 10th April 2017

Before the full moon on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Down-under, here in New Zealand, the ground is warm still and seeds germinate quickly. 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

  • dwarf beans? Dwarf beans have a short season so still time for another batch here. I’ll plant ‘Prince’ dwarf beans now as they grow better as the weather cools down than other varieties.  [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].
  • Peas!  Snow peas, snap peas
    Also sweet peas
    [not edible I think, but so pretty and sweet smelling]! They like cooler weather so will crop better from now on.  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.
  • Flowers – check requirements. Keep them moist. Now we can plant flowers which will over-winter – different types to spring planting.

 

Seedlings of broccoli, cauli, cabbage, kohl rabi, kale, and other brassicas can be transplanted out into the garden now.

  • We will hope the white butterflies are reduced in numbers and the predatory insects can keep the caterpillars from chewing the new baby seedlings!
  • Or cover them with insect mesh so the flying adults can’t get to the seedlings.
  • Or hide them amidst larger strong-smelling plants so the butterflies can’t find them.

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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.