It’s good this is a week to rest from sowing seeds – I could do with a catch-up time!
NIWA’s recent report for October 2017 shows we are moving into more settled weather – hooray!
The winds up to now shredded new, tender leaves which had emerged. New ones starting now have a much better opportunity to grow.
The prediction is for warmer than usual and the northern areas to have north-east winds more frequently. These often bring warm, moist air so we may have more rain too.
Sounds really good for getting the garden to grow wonderfully!
So now is a great time to get ready to plant in a couple of weeks time:
- Sort compost – everything grows better when well-fed
- prepare garden beds
- read up on this season and seed types to plant for success – they all have their favorite times. Which are your favorites to sow now?
- learn more about the optimum conditions to grow GREAT crops of your favorite veg or fruit so you know what to do over their growing season.
- Plan your next seed sowing, your garden layout, or crop rotation to minimize pest and diseases.
From 13th October 2017 until after the dark of the moon on Friday 20th October 2017 and then it’s time for seed sowing again.
As the moon nears its smallest visible ‘dark of the moon’ phase, it is best to take a week off from planting or sowing seeds at this time as it is associated with spindly, weak growth.
If you like experiments about when to plant for best results, check out this post for more on planting by the moon phases to 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.
An interesting experiment, 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!
At the minimum, these moon planting guides remind me to plant SOMETHING, plan a little, and help me have a continuous supply!
Enjoying our gardens is the main idea for me, and I hope you too can wander around your garden and enjoy whatever it offers now.