June 2010 Planting

It has been the most perfect conditions for growing and planting. As we head into winter, growth and germination will start to slow. but if you were late getting started, you can still plant through the winter. Just stagger your plantings more widely to take account of the slower growth. Leafy greens – kale, rocket, lettuce, mustards, chinese and japanese greens, all do well right through the winter and make good nightly picking. I reckon kale is a forgotten gem in central Vic vege gardens – tough, tasty and nutritious (and beautiful). think about pruning and composting and soil building activies this month.

  June 2010
What to Plant, When:Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia Leaf Days: 6 – 8; 15 – 17; 23 – 26

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: 1; 8 – 10; 17 – 19; 26 – 28

Broad beans, mustard, peas,

Root Days: 1 – 3; 10 – 13; 19 – 21; 28 – 30

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

Flower Days: 3 – 6; 13 – 15; 20 – 23; 25

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage,

Other Dates to note:Moon DescendingMoon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon




   4 – 13; 25 – 3013 – 25


26 (lunar eclipse)/12

14, 27



Garden Tasks:Apply soil food Apply foliar food



Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings


 1 – 3; 6 – 12; 28 – 3013 – 15; 20 – 23

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


1 – 3; 10 – 12; 28 – 30

 13 – 15; 20 – 23

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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