Archive | September 2010

October Mini Almanac for Moon Gardening

Phases of the Moon, as seen from the Northern ...

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Moon Position and Phase for Ancient Moon Gardening Suggestions –

Time Zone AEDT

The month begins with the Waning Fertile Moon  3rd Quarter but there are no perfect days to plant root crops! So wait till later in the month.

8th Oct New Moon in Libra at 5.44am

Rest and do nothing. Chat to other gardeners and get some ideas.

 9th – 10th and 14th Oct Waxing Fertile 1st Quarter

Perfect for all planting, especially leafy type vegetables.

15th and 19th – 20th Oct Waxing Fertile 2nd Quarter

Perfect for all planting, especially fruity type vegetables.

23rd Oct Full Moon in Aries at 12.36pm

Official gardeners rest day so go for a walk and get ideas from other gardens

25th and 28th Oct Waning Fertile Moon 3rd Quarter

This is the perfect time to plant root crops.

AEDT

S.A. subtract ½ hour. QLD subtract 1hr in summer. W.A Subtract 2 hours.

N.T subtract ½ hr in winter and 1.5 hours in summer. In N. Z add 2 hours

Now you know when to plant – you will want to know when to prune to enhance growth, prune to reduce growth, fertilize, weed, and harvest crops. Call me now for my Ancient Moon Gardening Super Almanac – a MUST HAVE for dedicated gardeners.

Kerry Galea Astrology, Palmistry and Ancient Moon Gardening

P: 0419 382 131

E: kerrygalea@bigpond.com W:www.kerrygalea.com

Garden Guerilla

Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ (showing root stock...

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I wish I had the gumption to become a garden guerilla and sneak around gardens in the moon light armed with a pruning saw!

In my walks there is a beautiful standard weeping cherry in pride of place in someones front lawn. Its so big one could nearly stand underneath it. But the owners have let, or not realised, that two big branches have grown from near the ground and are coming from the root-stock. They are now so big they are taking over from the grafted top branches. They are too big for a pruning saw and they need to be chain-sawed off!

Of course they don’t flower. Root stock is designed to be just that; good sturdy root-stock. And the grafted top is designed to have beautiful coloured blossoms. The image illustrates the difference between root-stock and grafted flowers. And the root-stock will not “weep”! 

I always recommend that you prune at the perfect pruning time using the Moon gardening almanac.  And this poor weeping cherry is a no exception. I guarantee if someone were to come along and do it a bad time; the wound would not heal leading to the trees death, or the root-stock suckers would go berserk!

So I long to sneak in armed with a sturdy small bar chain-saw, and prune off these branches at the perfect Moon time for pruning to reduce growth.

So if you hear a chain saw in the dead of the night next Sunday, Monday or Tuesday AEST then you know what is happening!

🙂 

 

Snails – taking it personally!

Helix aspersa

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I am one that loves a dead common garden snail!

 I take their assault on my garden very personally. In fact a few weeks ago one intrepid slimy character climbed up the stalk of my nerines and chewed through it, leaving the flower head to fall on the ground! 

My ire was roused and I used “stomp’em” liberally.

But its been very wet around here and even in a short walk in the garden at night  I have stepped on snails. And these guys are HUGE!

Then I found myself actually apologising to them!

This is a strange situation. On one hand when I see their damage I am happy to kill. But on the other hand, when I accidentally kill them I am remorseful.

Ah…..even I surprise myself.

🙂

Kerry

Next time – the garden guerilla

Dead Ends in the Garden

Broom, attributed to the Forbes, Homes, Mathes...

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On this mornings walk I see that somebody had pruned a shrub recently and a lot of the branch ends are dead and withering.

Even branchlets close by are dead. It has a good shape and clearly has been pruned in the pasat.

I bet they are wondering what went wrong and why it looks so horrid now.  Please note that the picture is what it “should” look like. I’m not sure they would have appreciated my taking a photo!   :-/

Ah….I do so wish they had pruned by the Moon when the sap could have closed over the wounds and the shrub would have easily responded with lots of lush new spring time shoots and it would have looked beautiful.

Next time I’ll tell you about the snails!

Kerry

Daffodils by moonlight

Yellow daffodils - floriade canberra

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Walking the dog is a lovely excuse to go garden watching. Lately I have been walking at night and love the way the daffodils literally shine like golden bells in the evening light. While the rest of the plants are just dark blobs, the daffodils are very clearly seen.

While Moon gardening, as we know, does not literally mean gardening by moon light. I do so love the way that the daffodils shine in the evening!

Ancient Moon Gardening September 2010

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The Moon and your garden for September 

AEST

8th Sep New Moon in Virgo Official gardeners Rest Day! Put your feet up and draw up a plan of your garden marking the locations of bulbs.

10th – 13th Sep Waxing Fertile 1st Quarter

Perfect for all planting, especially leafy vegetables.

17th – 18th  21st – 22nd Sep Waxing Fertile 2nd Quarter

Perfect for all planting, especially fruity vegetables.

23rd Sep Full Moon in Aries

Do nothing in the garden and instead go for a walk and be inspired by other gardens.

26th – 28th Sep Waning Fertile Moon 3rd Quarter

Plant root crops only.

Dates in AEST

S.A. subtract ½ hour. QLD subtract 1hr in summer. W.A Subtract 2 hours.

N.T subtract ½ hr in winter and 1.5 hours in summer. In N. Z add 2 hours

If you want to know when to prune to enhance growth, prune to reduce growth, fertilize, weed, and harvest crops. Call me now about the Ancient Moon Gardening Super Almanac!

Kerry Galea Astrology, Palmistry and Ancient Moon Gardening

P: 0419 382 131

E: kerrygalea@bigpond.com W:www.kerrygalea.com