January 2011 Notes

Welcome to a new year of gardening. Thanks to Brian Keats for generously forwarding this month’s calendar to assist the community garden’s activities. Calendars can be purchased directly from Brian at http://astro-calendar.com/ or through Biodynamic Agriculture Australia. Please support Brian’s work.

Happy gardening for 2011, may it be a source of both peace and inspiration.

Gardening Dates for temperate areas of SE Australia:

Leaf Days: 1-3; 10-13; 19-22; 28-30: amaranth, basil, bok choi, cabbage, kale, celery, endive, kale, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, lettuce, mustard, silverbeet, chard, spinach, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley, rhubarb, clover

Fruit Days: 3-5; 13-15; 22-24; 30-31: amaranth, bush beans, climbing beans, capsicum, chilli, corn, cucumber, eggplant, mustard, peas, okra, pumpkin, rockmelon, snopeas, strawberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

Root Days: 5-8; 15-17; 24-26: asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, fennel, bunching onion, kohlrabi, parsnip, radish, spring onion, shallot, potatoes

Flower Days: 8-10; 17-19; 26-28: broccoli, borage, globe artichoke, sunflower, all flowers

Moon Opposite Saturn (considered a good date for sowing seeds, applying preps and planting, or 48hrs either side): 12

Node Days (avoid planting if you can): 3, 18, 31

Apogee (moon furthest from earth; less lunar influence):10

Perigee (moon clostest to eath; more lunar influence): 22

New Moon/Full Moon: 4/20

Solar eclipse: 4 (7.15pm)

Moon descending:  2 – 17; 30-31

Moon ascending: 1-2; 17 – 30

Apply soil fertilisers, compost, take cuttings, plant seedlings: 5-8; 10-13; 15-17

Prune, harvest for storage: 10-17

Apply foliar fertilisers: 4-5; 8-10; 13-15; 17, 30-31

Graft: 8-10, 17

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