June 2011 Notes

Winter is here. While root veges like carrots, beets and parsnips revel in the cold and will taste sweeter than ever, most other plants are simply holding out for longer days and sunlight.

Though onions can be planted now, as well as perennial plants such as fruit trees, vines and brambles. And of course, there’s the leafy greens such as kale (very good in central vic) mustard greens and lettuce, etc.

Now is a fantastic time for the first of several biodynamic applications of horn manure (BD500) and compost preps or manure concentrate. You may wish to follow with a balancing spray of horn silica (BD501) the next morning, though I have never taken this approach, figuring the winter months are best for the soil based applications.

Now is also the time to be burying horns filled with manure if you are making your own 500. We hope to in the future.

In the meantime, here are some auspicious gardening dates for June. And you can always keep warm by hefting a shovel!

What to Plant, When: 

Guide for temperate areas in SE Australia

Leaf Days: 5–7; 14 – 16; 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

Fruit Days: 7 – 9; 16– 18; 25 – 28

Broad beans, mustard, peas,

Root Days: 1 – 3; 9 – 12; 18 – 20; 28 – 30

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

Flower Days: 3 – 6; 12 – 14; 20 – 23; 30

Broccoli, cauliflower, borage,

Moon Descending

Moon Ascending

Full Moon/New Moon




  1– 2; 16 – 30

2 – 16

16 (lunar eclipse 6.14am)/2(solar eclipse 7.03am)




Apply soil food 

Apply foliar food



Transplant seedlings, plants, cuttings


 1 – 2; 16 – 30

3 – 15

anytime, but watch for frosts (thick straw mulch will intensify them)


1 – 2; 18-20, 28-30

3-6, 12-14

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