September Notes

Well it’s time to get cracking.

If you haven’t already got into action, don’t dally now; this is the month to be out and amongst it all. Digging in green manure crops, preparing soil for summer veges, planting spuds and other delights. Another crop of green leafys and salad stuff, sowing summer seeds. Compost making.

A warning for those in frost prone areas (inc. Newstead) not to be complacent; we still may get some ripping frosts. Best to start your summer veges off now in the igloo or a glasshouse or any protected spot (try a kitchen windowsill or north facing alcove) You can try eggplant, melons, beans, cukes, zukes, tomatoes, etc. By the time the last frost has passed, you can plant them as advanced seedlings and they’ll scoot away to give you early pickings. It takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to get a seed into a small seedling, so time is of the essense……

What to Plant, When:  Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia for September 2011:

Leaf Days: 3-6; 13-15; 23-25

Cabbage, bok choi, kale, celery, endive, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, leek, lettuce, mustard, silverbeet, chard, spinach, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley, rhubarb, clover

Fruit Days: 6-8; 15-18, 25-27

Broad beans, mustard, peas, strawberries, berries (as seed only : amaranth, bush beans, climbing beans, capsicum, chilli, corn, cucumber, eggplant, mustard, peas, okra, pumpkin, rockmelon, snopeas,  squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini)

Root Days: 1; 8-10; 18-20; 27-29

Asparagus, jerusalem artichoke, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, fennel, kohlrabi, garlic, leek, bunching onion, onion, parsnip, potatoes, shallots, spring onion, radish, daikon, turnip.

Flower Days: 1-3; 10-13; 20-23; 29-30

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage, sweet peas, globe artichoke, sunflower

Other Auspicious Gardening Dates:

Moon opposite Saturn: 15 (a good time to plant, transplant, etc)

Moon Descending:  13-27

Moon Ascending: 1-13, 27 – 30

Full Moon/New Moon: 12/27

Nodes*: 5,20

Perigee***: 5,28

Apogee***: 20

Apply soil food: 13-15; 18-20; 23-25

Apply foliar food: 1-3; 10-13; 29- 30

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

Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings: 18-20, 15; 27

Graft: 1-3; 10-13; 29-30

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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