December 2009 Notes

Looks like a hot summer ahead. Some veges will soak up the heat and produce well. Others may need more care. On the hottest days plants will shut down their metabolism and cease to grow, let alone produce. Rigging up a shadecloth cover over (and around) your beds may help some of the more tender leafy plants to get through the heat. Or utilise companion planting, say by planting lettuces and sunflowers together; the taller plants will provide some respite. Water in the cool of the morning or evening and mulch heavily. Container gardening can come into it’s own in Summer.

Refer to the Garden Notes page for an explanation of these dates.

   December 2009
What to Plant, When:

Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 5 – 7, 14 – 16, 24 – 26 

amaranth (leaf), chinese cabbage, celery, celeriac, orach, lettuce, basil, chives, garlic chives, dill, parsley

Fruit Days: 1, 7 – 9, 16 – 19, 26 – 29

amaranth (seed), beans (climbing and bush), capsicum, chilli, corn, cucumber, eggplant, rockmelon, pumpkin, squash, tomato, watermelon, zucchini 

Root Days:  1 – 3, 9 – 13, 19 – 21, 29 – 31

beetroot, carrots, fennel, kohlrabi, parsnip, radish

Flower Days: 3 – 5, 12 – 14, 21 – 24, 31

broccoli#, borage, chamomile

Other Dates to note:

Moon Descending

Moon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon

Nodes*:

Perigee***:

Apogee***:

 

1 – 3, 16 – 30

3 – 16, 30 – 31

2/16

5, 19

5

21

Garden Tasks:

Apply soil food

Apply foliar food

Mulch

Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings

Graft

 

1 -2, 16

31

anytime

1 – 3

31

Dates are a guide for these particular crops. Timing will vary from region to region (particularly with climate change) and even within a garden’s own microclimates. Of course, rainfall, weather conditions and your own schedule will influence when you garden.

# Broccoli can be grown year round, apart from the hottest months. I prefer to plant through the colder months to avoid having the broccoli forming heads when the cabbage moth butterfly is active, in late spring and summer.

* Each month there are a couple of ‘node days’ when the sun and moon are in opposition. Many biodynamic gardeners choose not to plant on these days, or at least a couple of hours either side of the node.

** Perigee is the point where the moon is closest to the earth, so the influence of the moon is strongest. Apogee is the furthest point from the earth, so the opposite occurs.

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