March Notes 2012

A perfect start to Autumn. Take the opportunity (unless your garden is under water) presented by lovely moist soil and warm growing conditions. Makes for easy weed pulling! It’ll be important to keep ahead of the weeds as they germinate and grow this month. I’ll be glad to see the zukes slowing, the tomatoes ripening and the carrots putting on a burst, and hoping my summer crops will finish in time to allow waiting seedlings a great start and space in the garden.

Try putting in a green manure, as discussed in the latest posting. Use the fruit days as a guide, even though you are not harvesting for their seed/ manure

It’s not too late for pruning – prune for fruit production on your pome fruit trees (apple, pear, quince, etc) and for structure on your stonefruit (peach, plum, nectarine, apricot, etc). More info from Simon Rickards presentation is also in the photo gallery.

Putting in a quick growing leafy mix of salad greens and herbs is a great idea before growth slows later in the month. Add attending our dinner or workshop and you have a perfect month in the garden.

Here’s the auspicious time to do all these things:

Gardening Dates for temperate areas of SE Australia:

Leaf Days: 5-7, 13-15, 22-24: amaranth, bok choi, brussel sprouts,  cabbage, kale, celery, endive, mibuna, mizuna, orach, rocket, tat soi, lettuce, mustard, silverbeet, chard, spinach, chives, garlic chives, coriander, dill, parsley,

Fruit Days: 7-9,15-18, 24-27: broad beans, mustard, peas, snopeas, lentils, lupins, chickpeas, wheat, oats, barley, spelt, triticale (green manure plants)

Root Days: 1-2, 9-11, 17-20, 27-30; : beetroot, carrots, celeriac, fennel, bunching onion, kohlrabi, leek, parsnip, radish, daikon radish, swede, turnip

Flower Days: 2-5, 11-13, 20-22, 29-31: broccoli, borage, cauliflower, all flowers (poppies, lupins, calendula, etc)

Moon Opposite Saturn (considered a good date for sowing seeds, applying preps and planting, or 48hrs either side): 21

Node Days (avoid planting if you can): 14,28

Apogee (moon furthest from earth; less lunar influence):26

Perigee (moon clostest to eath; more lunar influence): 10

New Moon/Full Moon: 23/8

Moon descending: 1-2, 15-31

Moon ascending: 2-14

Apply soil fertilisers, compost, take cuttings, plant seedlings: 1-2, 17-20, 22-24, 27-29

Prune, harvest for storage: 15-20

Apply foliar fertilisers: 2-7, 11-14

Graft: 2-5, 11-13

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.

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