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Sunday
Apr182010

Planting Today

  Root  Taurus
  Waxing crescent    


Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber. Grains are also good to plant now. This is not a good time to pick vegetables if they are to be stored.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Second Early Potatoes, Shallots, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Angelica, Borage, Broccoli, Caraway, Cauliflowers, Globe Artichokes, Wormwood,

Sidereal:
Moon in Gemini: Barren and dry, and yet good for promoting flower growth.

Sunday
Apr182010

Here's a tip - Epsom salt and tilth

Thanks, Linda, for passing this along from the ABC

Colin Campbell says, "You'd be lucky to find the word 'tilth' mentioned in any modern gardening book, but if you're having trouble with inconsistent seed germination, it's a word you should know because it describes the combination of the different sized soil particles. Seeds germinate better if the tilth is finer and the way to ensure a fine tilth is quite simple." Work over the seed bed first with a digging fork and then with a tine rake. Repeat the process again and again until the soil is fine enough. The smaller the seed, the finer the soil tilth needs to be because, when you sow the seeds, they need to be surrounded by moist soil to trigger germination. If the soil particles are too large the seeds will be surrounded by pockets of air and won't germinate.

Another tip regarding germination that won't always be found in modern gardening books is the use of EPSOM SALT. These are another form of magnesium sulphate. The magnesium activates the enzymes in the seed which break down the inbuilt food supply so the plant will germinate and establish much more quickly. Simply add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a watering can and water the newly sown seeds. This only needs to be done once.

Saturday
Apr172010

Planting Today

April 18 2010

Root  Taurus
  
Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber. Grains are also good to plant now. This is not a good time to pick vegetables if they are to be stored.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Second Early Potatoes, Shallots, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Angelica, Borage, Broccoli, Caraway, Cauliflowers, Globe Artichokes, Wormwood,

Sidereal:
Moon in Taurus: This is a good time to sow Root vegetable crops especially when hardiness in drought conditions is needed.

Friday
Apr162010

Planting Today

Date: 16 April 2010
  Fruit  Aries
Waxing crescent

Synodic:
Sow leafy vegetables and annuals that produce above ground. Lettuce, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sprouts, Sweetcorn, Cucumber. Grains are also good to plant now. This is not a good time to pick vegetables if they are to be stored.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines (Eggplant), Broad Beans (Fava), Cucumbers, French Beans, Marrows and Courgettes, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Runner Beans, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Seakale, Spinach, Swiss Chard,

Sidereal:
Moon in Aries: Dry and barren. Good time for garden maintenance.

Thursday
Apr152010

Garden with the Neighbours

Here's an update from Lakeside Drive Community Garden and a way to be involved -

Ongoing maintenance: The grass has grown, the rains will soon clear and our native tree buffer down at LDCG will need some ongoing TLC. There will be a grounds maintenance group meeting fortnightly from Saturday April 24th to mow the lawn, mulch the trees and ensure the ongoing care of the trees that have been planted at the tree-planting day. If anyone is interested in being a part of this small-scale maintenance group – please contact Anjea: Anjea.travers@cdu.edu.au.