March Moon Calendar

MARCH 2021

LAST QUARTER 6th March

Garden

    • Prick out seedlings, transplant and weed
    • Check corn, quinoa and amaranth grains for maturity and harvest
    • Follow instructions in above publications to know how to harvest dry clean and store seeds
    • Harvest Austrian hulless pumpkins when they have a deep yellow stripe on them, to process see Seed Saving Booklet. Leave to sit for 4 weeks before cutting to remove seed.
    • Harvest shellout or dried beans and process and store
    • Make sure all onions, garlic and shallots are harvested and stored well, with Mother seed set aside
    • Plan Winter garden and make sure you know which beds your, garlic and early peas and broad beans will be in. As summer crops come off these beds you could plant crops to dig in three weeks before planting the crop
    • Spray roses with seaweed, water roots well and liquid feed
    • Sow anemones and ranunculi for winter flowering
    • Finish planting all daffodils and flowering bulbs
    • Lift gladioli when foliage turns yellow
    • Water and feed dahlias for long, strong flowering
    • Take geranium cuttings
    • Layer carnations
    • Prepare beds for planting Autumn Winter flowers

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Tree energy is returning from the roots to the tops now ready to elongate the branches and set buds that will become next seasons fruit
    • Summer prune apricots, peaches and plums after the fruit has been picked. This makes winter pruning easier and there is less chance of disease
    • do a second Reams soil test in preparation for second fert application in late March April .. unless you have exceptional; soil, I would fert for two -3 years until ramial wood chip is decomposing on the ground all through forest garden if at all possible

NEW MOON 13th March

Garden

    • Prepare, compost and feed if necessary, beds for Winter planting
    • A good time to collect seaweed and cow manure to use on brassica and celery beds and for any other gross feeders
    • Tomato, pepper and eggplant maintenance – mainly feeding and disease control. Stop delateralling tomatoes
    • Check grains for maturity and harvest
    • Plant seed for the winter garden such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, lettuce, onions, swedes, turnips, parsley, welsh bunching onions, silverbeet, chard, orach, celery, peas, miner’s lettuce and corn salad
    • Use neem oil on tomatoes and beans if necessary for shield bugs
    • Plant flowers for winter and spring colour such as calendula, heartsease, stocks, chamomile, hollyhocks, sweet William, forget-me-nots, columbine and verbascum
    • Plant early flowering Sweet Peas

Perennials

    • Leave them until the rains come then cut back, feed and mulch

Temperate Forest garden

    • Terminal bud set occurring then energy goes back down to roots
    • Irrigate all trees as required
    • Cut grass and release all trees planted previous Winter, in readiness for rain as well as to feed soil; fungi to feed roots as they become active again
    • Clean up herb banks and trim lavender
    • A good time to cut any coppicing trees in shelter or hedgerows for firewood or garden stakes
    • Make lists of tasks needing to be carried out in the orchard such as maintenance work on fencing, irrigation or drainage or this winter’s development before it gets too wet to carry out
    • Make a list to help organize winter planting and order any trees you need
    • Shifting nets to protect fruit from birds

 

FIRST QUARTER 22nd March

Garden

    • Plant green manure and compost crops as beds become empty
    • Check moisture levels everywhere as plants grow very strongly over the full moon period only if they have the moisture and nutrients to do so
    • Foliar and root feed three days before full moon for maximum growth
    • Use liquid comfrey on tomatoes and peppers
    • Prick out and transplant seedlings
    • Sow heartsease and calendula for companion to garlic, onions etc over the winter

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Water subtropical orchard and apply fert to achieve strong autumn growth well before frosts
    • Coppice firewood and stakes from shelter hedgerows
    • last chance to get a Reams soil test, in time to apply fert at optimal time for tree health.. no use putting on fert when energy is in the tops of the trees and roots are dormant, some will be lost to tree roots and wasted

 

FULL MOON 29th March

Garden

    • Feed three days after full moon if necessary
    • Plant carrots, swedes, beetroot, radishes, daikon and turnips
    • Feed tomatoes and peppers if necessary
    • Harvest basil, tomatoes and peppers for processing

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Harvest and store apples and pears
    • Bottle, dry or make into jam, wine or sauces, pickles and chutneys any windfall or excess fruit
    • Plant spring bulbs in orchard herbal ley, keeping in mind the range of flowering times from the Erlicheers to the last daffodils
    • Attend to drainage, fencing and maintenance jobs before it gets wet, and after ground softens up after rain
    • mow and release trees , or manage geese to do it for you