Gardening with The Moon & Biodynamics (Part Two)
Having passed 1,000 Posts on Gardening with the Moon, New Thread created here to continue with Calender and to introduce some Biodynamic Gardening tips and info, for which I would be really grateful for added input. Watching current gardening, nature and Local News programmes, I can't help thinking that we have all been here before. Self Sufficiency was a hot topic in the 60's and 70's -Organic Gardening was the 'thing' in the 80's and 90's Us gardeners have always had the urge to safeguard nature and whilst we now call it Biodiversity, I fail to understand why Saving the Planet and dealing with Climate Change should suddenly have come into 'vogue' as if we had never made any efforts before. -Still enough of my musings. I have been driven in by hail and the courgettes will have to be potted on a little later this afternoon. the Tomatoes are happily settling into their new beds. Cats are behaving which makes a change. Off to UK tomorrow for 48hr flying visit to buy more Bean Canes and Cake Ingredients as I have completely run out following sales at the Garden Fairs. Last w/e was glorious. I just missed out on a Stand at Chantilly this w/e but am satisfied looking at Chelsea on TV.
Here is the Lunar Calender for 21-31st May
21/22/23rd May (On 22nd No gardening after 3pm as Noeud descending -See Gardening with Moon Thread for more info re this if you are new to Lunar Gardening)
Moon ascending in Sagittarius so Fruit Days, Sow all climbing beans and pop in some more haricots where they are to crop. Sow Pumpkins, outdoor Cucumbers and Courgettes. Biodynamic Diary says put Tomatoes?Aubergines/Peppers and Chiilies out into final places.
24/25th May. Moon ascending in Capricorn so Root Days - Sow Beetroot outside now and Chicory for harvesting in the Autumn. Sow Leeks in a Nursery Bed for Winter Harvest. Biodynamic Diary says sow more Parsnips/Turnips and Carrots now in spaces where the others may not have sprouted in last sowing.
26/27/28th May - (No gardening on 26th before 9.20am Moon apogee)Flower Days as Moon in Aquarius. Sow Cauliflower/Broccoli and Romanesco in a Nursery Bed for Autumn Harvest. Sow some quick growing annuals in bare spaces in borders. As a Biodynamic gardener one will already be aware that you should never have bare spaces, but should at the very least pop in a Green Manure. By 'bare space' I mean after you have whipped out all the waning spring flowers like Forget me Nots which have run riot here this year and made a stunning display. I have put in some Cosmos and Sunflower Plants (Make sure the latter have the edible seed heads for Winter Bird Food) The first flower heads on courgettes are normally without fruit -Pick them off and saute or stuff them - Take cuttings from geraniums
29/30/31st May - Leaf Days Sow Salad Crops wherever you can find a space and keep moist. I mix up all my old seed and scatter it liberally everywhere, this makes a surprise Mixed Leaf treat that will see you well into the Autumn without having to wait for each individual Lettuce or Radish to plump up. Don't go out and buy Mixed Leaf Salad Seed -Make up your own! Sow Brussel Sprouts and Cabbages. Divide Chives now so they do not get exhausted flowering thus weakening roots if you wait longer.
Thank you Obelxx for reminding me to start this New Thread and thanks GWRS for your news.Let's keep this Thread going and roll on the next 1,000 Posts!!