August Moon Calendar

AUGUST 2021

LAST QUARTER 1st August 2021

Garden

    • Check out new and inspirational books! Have you thoroughly read the Art of Composting Booklet, as home gardeners our solutions for regeneration mostly lie via the compost as far as I can see, a critical area to upskill in. Maybe you are a Beginner Gardener and our Beginner Gardener Booklet will be your start here. Time to do lots of dreaming about your garden goals for the year to come and get your creative juices flowing. The Koanga Garden Planner is a sophisticated design process for achieving all of your goals in the garden, now is the time to use it to design your entire garden to do everything you require
    • Sharpen garden stakes, all tools, oil wooden handles,  trim pea stakes, prepare labels, check all cloche and cover materials as well as all netting hoops and bird covers
    • Make up hot beds if you will be needing them for peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and other early crops next month Koanga Garden Guide has a horse manure design for bottom heat

Temperate Forest Garden

    • If you’ve done your pruning and planting take a breath as the garden is about to explode!

NEW MOON 9th August

Garden

    • Clean out green house and propagation facilities
    • If you haven’t already, plant all garlic, shallots, potato and tree onions now
    • Sow onion and leek seed now
    • Sow seed for early tomatoes to be grown  in glass houses or passive solar cloches. If cloche-grown then they’ll need to be dwarf varieties, Henry’s Dwarf Bush Cherry is our best tomato for small spaces or pot growing.
    • Plant peas into trays for transplanting when 3 -5cm high
    • Sow broad beans into seed trays and transplant as soon as the tops emerge above soil
    • Sow dwarf beans and courgettes into seed trays in warm greenhouse, for planting out into green houses or good cloches in warmer areas
    • Make a late sowing of sweet peas
    • Sow eggplant and pepper seed in a tray of its own, needs 20 degrees day and night for strong even germination (bottom heat trays with thermostats are excellent for making sure you don’t miss this critical germination time)
    • Sow early potatoes  in warm areas  only
    • Plant into seed trays petunia, larkspur, calendula, aquilegia, foxglove, hollyhock, honesty, love-in-a-mist, poppy, , cornflower, stock, Sweet William.
    • Prepare cloches to warm up the soil in preparation for planting out early beans and courgettes also possibly early cabbages, beetroot, lettuces, cucumbers, and for direct sowing rocket, mizuna, kale and mustard lettuce for spring salad greens; to be cut and harvested as mesclun crops
    • Sow Essene flax seed directly onto beds, (broadcast ) lightly rake in, or chop in and cover with shade cloth to protect from birds until 2cm high.
    • As vege beds become dry enough to work begin taking out compost crops, making compost and either digging over or U Barring beds
    • Feed strawberries and rhubarb at this time
    • Ensure all perennials are well mulched ready for Spring production

Perennials

    • Plan your perennial garden now and buy your seeds and plants (or put your name on the wait list for when they become available) 

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Last chance to check all winter plantings to make sure all trees are staked well, that bark is not rubbing on tree stakes, and that all ties from last year are not strangling the trees.
    • If you’re having problems with pollination of fruit trees and bees, and nutrition are not the problem then it may help to record all your flowering times on a chart for a season or two. Set this up now if needed

 

FIRST QUARTER 16th August

Garden

    • Loads of pricking out
    • Fertilise garlic and onions …. More compost if you have it or liquid feed, I use cow manure, and molasses
    • Spend a few nights this week checking out the slug and snail situation, maybe require night patrols with a torch and a container of hot water, before it warms up too much and the seedlings start going out. Quash is the slug bait I’m happiest to use. It is completely nontoxic apart from large quantities in waterways for fish!
    • Bed preparation critical as soil allows

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Now is a good time to decide how you will manage soil and tree health in your forest garden. Read this short article , it might be helpful.

FULL MOON 23rd August

Garden

    • Great time to feed plants via leaves and also feed soil
    • Plant early potatoes now into trenches of mineralised compost, seaweed, well-rotted manure, or EF: Nature’s Garden see the  potato fertilisation protocol we developed at Koanga
    • Direct sow carrots under cloches into well prepared soil, and cover with an old sheet until seeds germinate
    • Place kumara tubers into sand boxes and put in a warm place to grow kumara tupu, or order /put your name on the wait list for heritage kumara tupu now
    • Plant water chestnuts into seed trays with a plastic liner to keep very moist, and sprout in green house, or order your water chestnut plants now
    • Plant Chinese root ginger into a 20-30cm deep box in green house
    • Plant turmeric into wicking bed in greenhouse or large pot in greenhouse or house

Forest Garden

    • Chop your prunings and spread down as mulch all around forest garden to feed fungi
    • Compost and or feed citrus trees and mulch heavily

 

LAST QUARTER 30th August

Garden

    • Prepare seed raising mix 1/3 sieved compost, 1/3 sieved garden soil, 1/3 sand – possibly 10% vermicast if available
    • Pot up any cuttings that you took in May and are now shooting in the sand box
    • Weed garden beds, make compost, double-dig or prepare beds for planting as they become dry enough last quarter

Forest Garden

    • Very last tree planting for deciduous fruit trees
    • Good time to plant citrus
    • Very last pruning
    • Mulch all newly planted trees before the grass begins to take over
    • Great time to apply foliar sprays to fruit trees  to increase tree health and fruit set.  Apply Growth Foliar to bark and swelling buds. At quarter flowering stage switch to EF Fruit Foliar for a couple of weeks. These sprays will make a big difference to any black spot or pests and diseases in apples pears etc etc
    • remove any mummified fruit
    • feed trunk structure
    • good time to plant forest garden support trees especially legumes