May 2011

Usually in central Victoria we’ve well and truly had the first frost for the year and this signals the brakes being applied to growth. Plant your successional crops closer together than you would in the warmer months (by days not weeks) to ensure constant supply through the season. Not too late for the broadies or garlic either! Be guided by the following bd dates:

  May 2011
What to Plant, When: Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia Leaf Days: 1-2; 9-11; 17-19; 27-29 cabbage, kale, bok choi, chicory, endive, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tatsoi, lettuce, mustard, silverbeet, chard, spinach, borage, chives, garlic chives, dill, parsleyFruit Days: 2 – 4; 11 – 13; 19 – 22; 29 – 31broad beans, peas,

Root Days: 3 – 7; 13 – 15; 22 – 24;

beetroot, carrots, celeriac, garlic, kohlrabi, leek, bunching onion, parsnip, radish, daikon radish, turnip

Flower Days: 7 – 9; 15 – 17; 24 – 27

broccoli#, cauliflower

Other Dates to note: Moon DescendingMoon Ascending Full Moon/New MoonNodes*:

Perigee***:

Apogee***:

 1 – 7; 19 – 318– 1917/3

7; 19

16

27

Garden Tasks: Apply soil food Apply foliar food MulchTransplant seedlings, plants, cuttings

Graft

 1-3; 19-313-19anytime

4-7; 22-24

7-9; 15-18

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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