March 2013

tuscan kaleFinally a bit of rain in the last few days  after a long and hot time between drinks. Take advantage of moist, warm soil to start seeds and seedlings. Weeding will be an ongoing task this month as well.

Not such a good year for tomatoes, by all reports, but the ones I’ve been eating have been very tasty. It’ll be a rush to get summer crops done and autumn/winter ones in the ground if you have only a small plot to work with.

Try putting in a green manure, as discussed in this earlier posting.

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).

greenmanureEaster always means full moons with full-on effects (and the reason for good Bells’ Beach
surfing) so activities around this time, especially if in an earth or leaf phase, will have extra affect. Think about your first application of BD500 for the year if it stays coolish and moist.
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 and you have a perfect – and hopefully active – month in the garden.

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

Gardening Dates for temperate areas of SE Australia:

Leaf Days: 3-6, 12-14, 22-24, 31amaranth, 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: 6-8, 14-17, 24-26: broad beans, mustard, peas, snopeas, lentils, lupins, chickpeas, wheat, oats, barley, spelt, triticale (green manure plants)

Root Days: 1, 8-10, 17-19, 26-29: beetroot, carrots, celeriac, fennel, bunching onion, kohlrabi, leek, parsnip, radish, daikon radish, swede, turnip

Flower Days:1-3, 10-12, 19-22, 27-31: 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): 16  

Node Days (avoid planting if you can): 3, 16, 30  

Apogee (moon furthest from earth; less lunar influence): 19

Perigee (moon clostest to eath; more lunar influence): 6, 31

New Moon/Full Moon: 12/27

Moon descending: 5-19 

Moon ascending: 1-5, 19-31

Apply soil fertilisers, compost, take cuttings, plant seedlings: 8-10, 17-19 then 6, 12-14 

Prune, harvest for storage: 6-8, 14-17, then 8-10, 17-19 

Apply foliar fertilisers: 1-5, 19-24, 28-31

Graft:  1-3, 19-22, 28-31

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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