March 2010 Notes

March is a busy time in the garden; picking summer fruits and veg, getting beds ready for more planting of cool weather crops, feeding the soil, planting roots crops and leafy greens, making composts, applying bd preps when the temperatures decline.

 I think autumn is the best time in the garden!

 Here’s auspicious March dates for planting. Note that this month is another blue moon month (as January 2010 was) – two full moons in a month. The second moon is usually called the blue moon. Around the full moon there’s usually a bit of growth activity and instability, but watery forces are strong, particularly if it coincides with a perigee (moon is at its closest point to the earth, therefore greater influence on it). 

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

  March   2010
What to Plant, When:

Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 6 – 8; 16 – 18; 25 – 27

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 – 2; 8 – 11; 18 – 21; 27 – 29

Broad beans, mustard, peas,

Root Days: 2 – 4; 8 – 11, 18 – 21; 27 – 29

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

Flower Days: 4 – 6; 13 – 16; 23 – 25; 31

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage,

 

Other Dates to note:

Moon Descending

Moon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon

Nodes*:

Perigee***:

Apogee***:

 

8 – 23

1 – 8; 23 – 31

1, 30/16

10, 24

28

12

 

Garden Tasks:

Apply soil food

Apply foliar food

Mulch

Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings

Graft

 

 

11 – 13; 21 – 22

4 – 6; 23 – 25; 31

anytime

11 – 13

6 – 7; 25 – 27

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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