How to use the cal­en­dar moon­gar­den­ing

Use the phases of the moon to your ad­van­tage by fol­low­ing Mil­ton Black’s plant­ing guide

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outdoor Inspiration -

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On th­ese days, thin out seed boxes, sow all types of seeds and plant seedlings that pro­duce their crop above the ground. Th­ese in­clude all va­ri­eties of peas, beans, corn, cab­bage, cau­li­flower, broc­coli, brus­sels sprout, egg­plant, let­tuce, cel­ery, sil­ver­beet, spinach, en­dive, Chi­nese cab­bage, tomato, cu­cum­ber, as­para­gus crowns, ar­ti­choke, mar­row, pump­kin, cap­sicum, melon, zuc­chini, chicory, sprouts, rhubarb, all herbs (ex­cept gar­lic) and all agri­cul­tural crops, such as sun­flower, grains, ce­re­als, canola and cot­ton. Dur­ing th­ese days, you can also plant flow­er­ing shrubs, an­nu­als, flow­ers (not bulbs), cac­tus, flax, tree ferns, pas­sion­fruit vines and ki­wifruit. Plant all fruit trees and trees that pro­duce ed­i­ble nuts, such as al­mond, pecan, macadamia and wal­nut. Grapes and banana can also be planted dur­ing th­ese times. Take cut­tings from es­tab­lished trees and shrubs, and prop­a­gate. This is also a good time for plant­ing trees and climbers and sow­ing new lawns.

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On th­ese days, sow all seeds and plant seedlings of root veg­eta­bles that grow their crop be­low the ground, such as car­rot, parsnip, radish, beet­root, onion, leek, swede, turnip, sweet po­tato, seed po­tato, yam, cas­sava, peanut, gar­lic and gin­ger. This is a good time to plant flow­er­ing bulbs, or bulbs for prop­a­ga­tion and de­vel­op­ment rather than flow­ers. Also, plant bare‑rooted trees, to de­velop root growth, and re­fur­bish es­tab­lished lawns.

A favourable time for trans­plant­ing all types of es­tab­lished trees, shrubs, ferns and bulbs.

Weed and lightly feed. Wa­ter with seaweed‑type prod­ucts only.

De­stroy or spray weeds, pests and nox­ious growth. Burn off, cut lawns, do heavy prun­ing and clear rub­bish – don’t plant or trans­plant any­thing. Pre­pare soil and fer­tilise gar­den beds for fu­ture plant­ing; spread and make com­post; feed all es­tab­lished plants, shrubs and lawns, then wa­ter in. This is the best time for de­thatch­ing or cor­ing lawns.

Do not plant or trans­plant any­thing, as the moon is ad­versely as­pected with the sun.

Any ques­tions? Email mil­ton@mil­ton­black.com.au.

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