November Moon Calendar

NOVEMBER 2021

NEW MOON  5th November

Garden

    • Last time to plant comfrey root cuttings
    • Prick out and transplant all seedlings ready to go into the garden
    • Prepare beds for late spring planting
    • Plant seeds for summer/autumn flowers, sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, love lies bleeding, nicotiana, gaillardia
    • Plant more corn, beans, courgettes, cucumbers, late tomatoes, lettuce, basil etc
    • Mulch as many of your vege beds as practical, corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, climbing beans and peppers are easy to mulch, with comfrey, alfalfa, ramial wood chip (once crops are well away)

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Check moisture levels under young trees and water where necessary
    • Mulch deciduous orchard areas
    • Time to cut grass one way or another to feed the soil fungi who feed the tree roots in a biological system
    • Time to set possum trap lines outside fruit tree area to catch roving possums before they damage trees or eat fruit

Berries

    • Mulch berry fruits and organise netting

FIRST QUARTER 12th November

Garden

    • Prick out and transplant seedlings, make sure you have loads of companion flowers going into the vege garden, zinnias, sunflowers, cleome, marigolds, bedding dahlias, cosmos, love lies bleeding, gaillardia
    • Basil, alyssum and classic zinnias are great companions for tomatoes, plant them now
    • Give a regular foliar spray using seaweed, vermiliquid, fish/phyter etc
    • Apply liquid feed such as liquid comfrey, liquid cow manure by watering can to ground under tomatoes, peppers and any other plants needing a boost
    • Harvesting flowers and herbs for drying
    • Decide how you’re going to manage blight in tomatoes and potatoes. Prevention is more effective than any way of sorting the problem once blight is there. Either do weekly fish and phyter or fish and phyter on the soil monthly and a raw milk spray weekly, or Agrisea seaweed spray weekly, or a copper spray with rain guard to make it last longer when needed
    • Feed and water asparagus to keep it producing until xmas

Perennials

    • You’ll be feasting on asparagus, globe artichokes, Welsh bunching onions, Giant Solomon’s Seal possibly seakale and Alpine Strawberries about now.. enjoy
    • Continue bed prep for new perennial beds,
    • Still time to plan a perennial garden and get seeds and begin this season

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Keep up the watering
    • Cut grass,
    • Check for pest problems, and ask what the cause of the problem is so it can be fixed at least for next season..water stress, lack of minerals in in alanace?
    • Watch for breaking branches as early fruit swells, may need to thin fruit or prop up branches especially the Orion peach and Marabella plum
    • Feed citrus to encourage strong healthy growth at this time

Berries

    • Remove any unwanted suckers from berry fruit, being sure to leave strongest 60-10 for next year’s fruit

 

FULL MOON 19th November

Garden

    • Foliar feed if necessary all veges with seaweed, fish/phyter, vermiliquid etc
    • Liquid feed ground around  any plants that need a boost
    • Plant kumara tupu,
    • Plant main crop potatoes onto trenches of wilted  comfrey leaves,
    • Plant Jerusalem artichokes, Chinese artichokes, yams, yacon, aniu
    • More transplanting
    • Mulch any beds that are ready
    • Harvest flowers and herbs and seeds for drying

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Keep watering and watch for pest/disease problems
    • Make sure grass is laid down to feed fungi and root zone
    • spread ramial wood chip
    • Do a Reams soil test so you can see what needs applying to the Forest Garden to ensure next years fruit set is a good one

 

LAST QUARTER 28th November

 Garden

    • Weed, mulch and water
    • Continue pricking out and transplanting
    • Watch carefully for insects/diseases and learn what they are, how they impact you and what the best ways are to manage them.
    • Continue harvesting flowers and herbs for drying
    • Bird protection over all early Spring and Autumn planted grain beds eg flaxseed, oats, barley, Khorasan wheat

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Continue watering and mulching
    • Observe which trees are happy and which ones are stressed. Why? What can you do about it? What can you learn for the future?
    • Make sure grass is cut to feed fungi and root zone