July 2011

Our slug hunt confirmed we have a slug infestation, along with a few snails, millipedes and earwigs. But lots of slugs! Cold and wet conditions and straw mulch are great for slugs. The night forage also had me thinking about nocturnal garden life and how little I know about what goes on in, under and above the soil….especially at night.

Anyway, wood ash around seedlings, downturned orange halves (once squeezed) and a slug-garlic emulsion are going to be my experiments when I plant my next lot of seedlings on the next root day and around the time of moon opposite saturn. Let’s see if auspicious planting can offset hungry beasts!

We planted raspberries, and other brambles last month and these can be planted through July, along with grapes, fruit trees, strawberries. Continue to plant onions, carrots and green leafys. But if you haven’t got your winter veges well underway, best to start preparing the soil for spring things.

What to Plant, When:  Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 2-5, 11-13, 20-23, 30-31

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, 13-15, 23-25

Broad beans, mustard, peas,

Root Days: 6-9, 15-18, 25-28

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

Flower Days: 1-2, 9-11, 18-20, 28-30

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage, sweet peas

Other Auspicious Gardening Dates:

Moon Descending: 1-2, 13-27

Moon Ascending: 2-13, 27-31

Full Moon/New Moon: 15/1, 31

Nodes*: 13, 27

Perigee***: 7

Apogee***: 22

Apply soil food: 16 – 18, 20-23, 25-27

Apply foliar food: 9-11

Mulch: anytime, but watch for frosts (thick straw mulch will intensify them) and remember the slugs!

Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings: 24, 15-18, 25 – 27

Graft: 9-11

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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