Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is cold and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside. Or get inventive and creative to make warm spots.
If you have a hot-house, tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow root crops:
Wednesday 9th August through to Friday 11th August 2017, then again on Monday 14th August 2017.
after the full moon on Tuesday 8th August 2017. [Here in New Zealand]
Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.
With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil. They will wait a while yet.
Down-under this week is a time we can sow seeds for optimum growth of fruits and flowers – especially Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 5th July 2017 [here in New Zealand].
The ground is cold and seed sowing really only gives results in hot-houses, tunnel-houses, conservatories, or inside somewhere light. A heat-pad [often sold at pet stores to keep pets warm] gives bottom heat needed by some seeds to germinate.
If you are fortunate to have such a place, you can sow
tomatoes – keep them inside until November when the ground is [hopefully!] warm enough to transplant them outside. Or keep them inside!
pumpkins/squashes/zucchini [courgettes] – if you have lots of space, compost and warmth
legumes – peas are much more cold-tolerant than beans
Flowers – check requirements as they will be in their seedling stage as weather is still very cold
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 if the outside climate is provided for their needs.
especially Sunday 25th June and early morning of Monday 26th June [here in New Zealand]
After the new moon on Saturday 24th June 2017.
And we are after the solstice too so new beginnings call us.
In Auckland the cold weather has set in and plants in the open ground are only growing slowly, if at all.
I still can’t resist planting, its such an optimistic effort, even at this colder time of the year. I plant seedlings rather than seeds now. Then cover them with a plastic tunnel to warm the ground and protect the delicate seedlings from the cold winter winds.
The seeds sown in autumn of silver-beet, red-stemmed beets, parsley and rocket which are beside the covered bed are green, vibrant and able to withstand winter now. They will feed us through until spring.
This is a time to harvestwhat was sown earlier in the year:
Lettuce– a number of varieties mature in cooler weather – which they like.
Endive– we like the ‘tres fine maraichere‘ variety with its fine frilly abundant leaves – and is tasty rather than bitter for a long time – and forms a lovely ground cover if planted close together
Silver-beet and ‘bright lights beets’ [with beautiful colored stems – red, pink, yellow – sometimes they simply glow with color]
Giant Red Mustard is nice when young, gets hotter as it ages. [More info] It can grow as tall as me and leaves can grow up to about 50 cm [2 ft]!
Radicchiois tender and sweet to eat in cooler months so we enjoy them now
Asian greens – such quick growers! Must remember to keep an eye on them or they bolt to seed before we get to eat them.
A sprouty lettuce wrap with miners lettuce on top too
From now on we can plan for Spring planting, enjoy seed catalogs and organize our gardens to be ready when the weather and soil warm up.
This is a time to wander around and really LOOK at:
what is doing well,
what is ready for harvesting,
where you will soon have space for new plantings,
where you would like more screening from un-wanted sights,
where your lovely views are being covered by previous plantings,
where the cold/hot winds usually come from so you can screen, diffuse and moderate them
Do other garden stuff instead of sowing seeds this week. Eg, renovate your garden beds ready for Spring planting.
From Sunday 18th June until after the dark of the moon on Saturday 24th June 2017.
Add into the mix – the solstice, which, in the southern hemisphere, is on Wednesday 21st June 2017. Then days will lengthen again hooray! How might this affect our crops?
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.
For more information about moon planting, this post may help, or Organic Lesson gives a different, reasonably clear over-view. I like exploring such ideas for myself rather than just trusting and believing.
If you like experiments about when to plant for best results, check out the idea from a past month 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.
At the minimum, these moon planting guides remind me to