Planting Paths Less Travelled...
|Wild Poppies on |
|Self Seeded Cornflowers |
in our Front Garden
On the allotment I have been trying to use Lunar Planting guides when planning when to plant seeds, bulbs and plants. There are lots of additonal factors such as the constellations that are thought to have a bearing on the growth but in the simplest terms the first quarter following the new moon is best for planting above ground crops that have their seeds outside of their fruit such as corn,grain, lettuce and brocolli, whereas the second quarter is good for above ground crops with their seeds in their fruits such as peppers, beans, peas and tomatoes.
|Pea Shoots Thriving in their|
Grass Cutting Mulch
After a full moon in the third quarter, energy is thought to drain down and this is thought best for root crops such as potatoes, carrots and onions. The final quarter is deemed best for maintainence work such as pruning, mowing etc as there is less growth due to lower gravitational pulls and less moonlight. It may seem crazy but it's likely that people planted and sowed their crops like this before the advent of modern calenders and weather forecasting. We'll have to see how they fare but they seem to be
thriving at the moment -although these peas were being investgated by a rather large rabbit when we pulled up today! The apples are starting to form were the blossom has died off.
Whilst digging and weeding today I was humming and singing away asking Her to bless our little patch of land, if I'm feeling brave next time, I might take my drum and maracas to accompany my chants and invocations.
As we are in the far corner, we really do have peace and quiet on our little patch, something that I relish when I've had a busy week. Last week I heard the cuckoo's song, as well as hundreds of other calls that I don't recognise, as well as the drone of insects and an odd bubbling coming from the compost heap, especially after adding some manure and water today. There were some very strange clouds today - the picture to the left doesn't really do them justice but the horizontal ones in the centre looked like the feathers of a huge bird in flight - or maybe I'd just been out in the sun too long!
|Taking a Well Earned rest after|
Helping me Dig the New Bed out.
|Getting There, Albeit Slowly!|
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