April 2010 Notes

No frosts + moist soil + warm days = perfect planting conditions….

Now is a great time for renewal, growth and development in the garden. Also an ideal time for building the soil, through conditioning, biodynamic preparations and fertilisers.

Think about planting perennials; fruit trees and the like. I also like to plant garlic now so that root and leaf areas can become established, before the cold sets in. This time of year can seem like a “spring flush” in the garden, and be just as beautiful.

Leafy greens – kale, rocket, lettuce, mustards, chinese and japanese greens, all grow well now right through the winter and make good nightly picking. Id never grow a hearting lettuce again, after being able to go out and pick a selection that seems to grow again in days. And get your broad beans in!

  April   2010
What to Plant, When:

Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 2 – 5; 12 – 14; 21 – 23; 30

Cabbage, bok choi, kale, celery, endive, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, leek, lettuce, mustard, silverbeet, chard, spinach, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley

 Fruit Days: 5 – 7; 14 – 17; 23 – 26

Broad beans, mustard, peas,

Root Days: 7 – 10; 17 – 19; 24 – 27

Beetroot, carrots, celeriac, kohlrabi, garlic, leek, bunching onion, radish, daikon, turnip,

Flower Days: 1 – 2; 10 – 12; 19 – 21; 27 – 30

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage,

Other Dates to note:

Moon Descending

Moon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon

Nodes*:

Perigee***:

Apogee***:

 

4 – 19

1 – 4; 19 – 30

28/14

6, 20

25

9

Garden Tasks:

Apply soil food

Apply foliar food

Mulch

Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings

Graft

 

7 – 10; 17 – 19

2 – 4; 21 – 23; 30

anytime, but watch for frosts (thick mulch will intensify them)

7 – 10

1 – 2; 19 – 21; 27 – 30

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