Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

It’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week until the full moon on Friday 9th June 2017.

Especially good days include Saturday arvo 4th June through to Thursday 8th morning [here in New Zealand]

In the northern hemisphere, this is a great time to sow heaps for summer crops.

Here in New Zealand, the weather is cool/cold. Less day-light as we approach the shortest day means the ground is also cool. This is a time to plan more and sow less until the ground warms up. Or sow under shelter, such as a hot-house or tunnel-house.

We may still plant a crop of green manure into vacant garden beds. It can grow until the plants start to flower then we will chop them off and either dig them into the soil or, more likely, cover the lot with mulch and leave the worms to turn it all into lovely new rich soil for spring planting.

 

This week the moon is growing towards full and from Saturday through to Thursday are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

It’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week until the full moon on 11th May 2017.

Especially good days include Sunday 7th to Wednesday 10th [here in New Zealand]

In the northern hemisphere, this is a great time to sow heaps for summer crops.

Here in New Zealand, the weather is getting cooler and with less day-light so the ground is also cooling down. We may still plant a crop of green manure into vacant garden beds. It can grow until the plants start to flower then we will chop them off and either dig them into the soil or, more likely, cover the lot with mulch and leave the worms to turn it all into lovely new rich soil for spring planting.

 

This week the moon is growing towards full and from Sunday through to Wednesday are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.

 

Sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

February is mid-summer down-under – and as germinating seeds need constant moisture to grow and flourish – this can be the main issue to grow new seedlings. Autumn is not too far away so maybe I’ll leave sowing seeds for a month.

If you really want to plant now, it’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week. Best days are Sunday 5th February, + Wednesday 8th + Thursday 9th February 2017 [here in New Zealand] before the full moon on Saturday 11th February 2017

This is the time of year when seeds in compost sprout and grow happily!

  • tomatoes – well, they come up by themselves in compost so thin/transplant/return to compost
  • pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes] – these often come up by themselves too.
  • Beans [I might sow some more – directly into the ground and put out snail bait or surround them with plastic cut-off bottles to protect from snails and slugs which love baby seedling legumes]
  • Flowers

Is it too late to plant corn and melons now? Maybe worth a try still – directly in the ground.

 

This week the moon is growing towards full and the days  of Sunday, Wed, Thurs are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings if you’d like to plant now. Do keep them well watered – when seedlings are tiny, one dry spell can end them.

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under it’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week – from Thursday 8th December 2016 until the full moon on 14th December 2016.

Especially good days include Thursday 8th + Sunday 11th – Tuesday 13th [here in New Zealand]

In Auckland the weather has warmed up and dried out the soil here. I may still sow seeds throughout the week of

  • Beans? Maybe more? I wonder if I have planted enough that are growing strongly? Time to check.  [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].
    The beans in the top pik are Lab lab beans – Dolichos lablab – a tropical bean with lovely purple flowers and pods. Cook well [in fact, cook all beans well to de-activate the anti-nutrients they contain]
  • Maybe I’ll plant more seedlings of chilies, peppers [capsicum] and eggplants (aubergine). If there is space as these are ‘would like’ rather than ‘must have’
  • Pumpkins! If we don’t have many growing yet.
  • Corn? Another sowing is good -if I can find some space!
  • Flowers of all sorts.More sunflowers.

 

This week the moon is growing towards full and the days  of Thursday, Sunday, Mon, Tues are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.

 

Spring is here – come take a walk around the garden with us!

Spring is here – come take a walk around the garden with us!

We took a walk around our garden and it shows Spring is springing! Woo hoo!

South Auckland, New Zealand can be a delight in Spring. Come on a wander around and see what we found.

From tiny little flowers.

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Forget-me-nots blue flowers arrive now its Spring
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Calendulas sunny blooms and Forget-me-nots blue flowers spreading over the perennial onions [long strappy leaves on the right]

And one of the garlic patches.

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Garlic growing well with mizuna, parsley, an orange tree and silver-beet

Oranges nearly all harvested – this dwarf tree had been loaded and has fed us for ages. Nearly time to grow leaves and then blossoms again instead of putting its energy into fruit.

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The garlic patch by a dwarf orange tree co-exist well as long as we harvest the garlic gently and minimize disturbance of the surface-roots of the tree.

 

And leafy greens are powering now – so good to have fresh, vibrant, sweet greens. These have been hiding beside the trampoline, protected from the worst of the freezing winds.

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Varieties: Bright Light Beets and Fordhook Giant

 

Endive self-seeded under another orange tree and is beautiful just now – almost sweet, and such soft leaves. Later, in warm weather it goes bitter and leaves get tough.

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And even a chili from last year!

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Hard to believe a chili plant survived the freezing cold southerly winds that blow in off the harbor! Yet here it is to amaze us. Maybe the orange tree protected it?

Let’s hope the frosts stay away

 

And the nectarine has 3 blossoms with more buds forming

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The first nectarine blossoms!

 

Wow – can’t plum trees make so many blossoms! The branches seem to be covered in flowers.

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And the plum tree is covered in blossom! All these trees are kept low, yet even so it has masses of blossoms.

 

And the apricot tree is starting to blossom!

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First apricot blossoms

The apricot tree is also just getting its first new blossoms. Here in Auckland with its warm, humid summers, it’s very optimistic to get fruit from a tree which likes hot, dry summers. This one is planted where it gets and see breeze off the harbor waters to minimize the humidity. Sometimes it works and we get great fruit!

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‘Espaliered’ apricot tree

We’ll take another walk around soon – there is so much beginning to grow again. See you soon

 Love love love Spring!

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week

Down-under it’s time to sow seeds for fruits and flowers this week – Sunday 11th September 2016, + Monday + Thursday arvo + Friday [here in New Zealand]

In Auckland the weather has been milder than usual so I will sow seeds tomorrow and throughout the week of

  • tomatoes [somewhere warm in seed trays – for us, that’s on the back patio, probably on the table – leaving a little space for us to put out a meal to eat there too!]  I’ll sow a number of varieties so hopefully some will do well no matter what the weather does this year – hot/dry/cold/wet.
  • pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes]
  • peas and beans [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]
  • Maybe chilies, peppers [capsicum] and eggplants [aubergine] in special little pots and tendered lovingly in the hope they will grow and fruit. Where we live often has cold southerly winds and this group like it hot! I make each a little ‘hot-house’ with a plastic bag over the pot and around the plants when I transplant them to the garden. Sometimes we get fruit.
  • Flowers of all sorts.

I’ll wait to plant corn and melons as it is best sown directly in the ground – which is way too cold for heat-loving corn and melons yet.

This week the moon is growing towards full and the days  of Sunday, Mon, Thurs, Fri are when many aspects line up to give optimum good germination for strong seedlings. Worth a try I think.

 

A new garden!

A new garden!

How did we re-make the front into a thriving garden?

Last winter we looked at the sad, struggling bushes we inherited in the front ‘lawn’, which, along with a dead tree was ‘the front’. This story is about how we re-made the front of the house, facing the street into a flourishing garden to feed us and add color to all our lives in winter too.

It began as a struggling, sloping ‘lawn’ of mown weeds on clay – all the top-soil went when the sub-division was created 30 years ago I think. Water flowed straight off, down to the street gutter. The [large] dead tree came down and became firewood [where usable] or left to rot and become soil otherwise.

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Beginning to make terraces

We added terraces.

Covered the ground with newspaper and cardboard to create a new ‘weed-free’ garden on top.

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Beginning with covering the ground

 

 

 

We went around the established bushes.

Next, in went branches from over-grown bushes, rampant vines pruned back, dead tree limbs. Then on went grass clippings and mulch – anything without seeds. On top of all went a truck-load of lovely mulch of ground up tree prunings.

To make a lovely mulch garden ready for planting in spring. Feed with worm juice, blood and bone, lime, rock dust, coffee grounds, ‘Fodda’ [which is a mixture of organic nutrients] and anything else seed-free!wpid-20150815_165819.jpg

Then, in went bulbs. And they came up so fast we had fragrant flowers in early spring.

 

Then dwarf trees, small bushes and veg seeds and seedl20160228_081413ings. Seed by seed, plant by plant, bit by bit, it grew and flourished.

 

A year on, as the mulch and branches rot down and feed the plants:

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And plants seem to be growing happily, with new leaves and flowers.

Isn’t nature amazing – growing vibrant plants, even on clay?! With a little bit of help, grow organic matter and the plants thrive too.