November 2009 Notes

A guide to November planting in the garden for Newstead and surrounds. See the main Garden Notes page for more information and explanation of the dates.

Thanks to Brian Keats for generously allowing the use of his AstroCalendar to guide these garden gleanings. The 2010 Astro Calendar will be his 23rd Edition.

To purchase planting guides: Brian Keats, 43 Azalea Street, Mullumbimby NSW, 2482. (02) 6619 1051,, www.

  November 2009
What to Plant, When:

Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 1 – 2, 8 – 10, 17 – 19, 27 – 29

amaranth (leaf), asparagus, chinese cabbage, bok choi, celery, celeriac, mibuna. mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, lettuce, rhubarb, basil, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley

Fruit Days: 2 – 4, 10 – 12, 19 – 22, 29 – 30

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

Root Days: 4 – 6, 12 – 14, 22 – 24

beetroot, carrots, fennel, kohlrabi, leek, parsnip, radish, daikon radish

Flower Days: 6 – 8, 14 – 17, 24 – 27

globe artichoke, broccoli#, raab broccoli, borage, chamomile 

Other Dates to note:

Moon Descending

Moon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon





 1 – 5, 19 – 30

6 – 19


8, 21



Garden Tasks:

Apply soil food

Apply foliar food


Transplant, seedlings, cuttings



3 – 5

18 – 19


1 – 5

14 – 17, 6 – 8

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.

lunar perigee (on the left) and apogee (right) viewed from the earth

lunar perigee (on the left) and apogee (right) viewed from the earth

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