February Notes

A bit late posting these notes – I’ve been busy in the garden. A time of watering, harvesting, seed saving, sowing, pricking out seedlings, transplanting, preparing beds. And harvesting fruit from groaning plum and pear trees.

Now is the time to be pruning apples and pears for fruit bearing next year. But if you have young trees, wait til winter – winter pruning is all about structure and developing a healthy, strong framework. Simon Rickard says after 3 or 4 years of winter pruning, trees should be summer pruned thereafter. Wait until spring to prune your stonefruit – peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, etc.

Gardening Dates for temperate areas of SE Australia:

Leaf Days: 6-8, 15-17, 24-26:  Bok choi, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, celery, chickory, endive, kale, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, lettuce, mustard, pak choi, silverbeet, chard, spinach, borage, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley, rhubarb, clover

Fruit Days: 1, 8-10, 17-19, 26-29: broad beans, peas, snopeas, sugarsnap peas (seed only, and probably still a bit early yet .. later in the month)

Root Days: 1-4, 10-12, 19-21, 29: beetroot, carrots, celeriac, fennel, kohlrabi, leek, bunching onion, parsnip, radish, dailon radish, spring onion, shallot, turnip

Flower Days: 5-6, 12-15, 21-24: broccoli, cauliflower, nasturtium, sweet pea, love-in-a mist, poppies,

Moon Opposite Saturn (considered a good date for sowing seeds, applying preps and planting, or 48hrs either side): 22

Node Days (avoid planting if you can): 3,16

Apogee (moon furthest from earth; less lunar influence):28

Perigee (moon clostest to eath; more lunar influence): 12

New Moon/Full Moon: 22/8

Moon descending:  1-3; 16-29

Moon ascending: 3-16

Apply soil fertilisers, compost, take cuttings, plant seedlings, prune: 16-22, 29, 24-26

Apply foliar fertilisers: 3-8, 12-16

Graft: 3-8

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