Moon Calendar

MAY

This moon calendar is in a way a precis of the huge amount of information and detail in the Koanga Garden Guide, Design Your Own Orchard and Change of Heart.. the ecology of nourishing food…. plus the Koanga Booklets. If you are frustrated because you are wanting more information check out these books and booklets and the knowledge base here on our website., or join us for an appropriate workshop.

All of the fertiliser we recommend comes from Environmental Fertilisers. In my experience there fertiliser is the best by far if you are wanting to grow nutrient dense food and the cheapest by far as well

 

NEW MOON  April 27th

Garden

  • Prepare main crop garlic, shallot and tree onion beds, manure and compost well, make sure the beds are very free draining
  • Prepare beds for strawberries and transplant
  • Prepare any other beds you have the energy to double dig or U Bar. This is a good month for bed preparation to help avoid stress in spring. The more aerated the soil is over the winter the easier it will be in spring. The compost crops that keep the beds open and aerated all winter in our experience are the grains.. next lupins and broadbeans
  • Direct sow rocket, cornsalad, ruruhau, red Russian kale mustard lettuce and mizuna under cloche to eat as fresh salad greens (mesclun) over winter
  • Sow violas, pansies, heartsease, poppies and snap dragons for Spring flowering
  • In warm areas last chance to plant lupins and other compost  crops
  • Plant broad beans into trays and transplant when first leaves appear
  • In warm areas Plant brassicas now – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauli etc for early Spring transplanting
  • Transplant last of the winter veges and flowers

Forest Garden

  • Clean up orchard herbal ley and mediterranean herb banks, replanting if necessary
  • Last chance to plant subterranean clover, alfalfa
  • Last chance to get drainage, fencing, shifting of compost and mulch in preparation for tree planting  next month done
  • Time to order your trees and if you haven’t already done your home work around how to design your plantings

 

FIRST QUARTER Monday 3rd May

Garden

  • IN warmer areas last chance to plant compost/carbon crops for winter
  • Plant strawberry runners
  • Plant winter salad greens under microclima or cloches or cold frames
  • Transplant flowers for early spring flowering, heartsease, snap dragons, calendula, larkspur, love in a mist, hollyhock
  • Feed all brassicas, and root crops while the soil is still warm and active
  • Foliar feed for best results 3 days before full moon , and or use solid fertiliser  at this time too.

Forest Garden

 

 

FULL MOON Tuesday 11th  May

Garden

  • Foliar feed for best results three days after full moon.
  • In warmer areas this is the last chance to sow carrots and beetroot before spring
  • Plant Garlic, Tree Onions, Shallots, Potato Onions… they can also go in in August …
  • Plant strawberries if not already in
  • Make last compost heaps with all the autumn weeds and material available  to be ready for your Spring garden
  • Mulch any vege beds not planted in compost crops to avoid a weed nightmare next Spring
  • If May continues warm and dry double dig any beds that need it for early spring crops and plant lupins  only for carbon  now.

Forest Garden

  • Finish planting spring bulbs
  • Begin wrenching any trees for shifting this winter after the first rain, wrenching one side only this month
  • Check the bananas to see if any de-suckering is necessary. You should have at maximum only two suckers on each fruiting palm, a big one and a small one.

 

LAST QUARTER Wednesday 19th  May

Garden

  • In warmer areas last chance to weed beds and prepare for winter, transplanting last seedlings or sowing the last compost crops
  • Cover compost heaps to avoid water logging over winter
  • Make sure all chooks ducks and small animals have adequate housing for winter
  • Drag out your cloches and cold frames to cover salad crops or keep them growing over winter
  • Prepare garlic beds if planting on the solstice, or august
  • Prepare for winter.. get your reading material lined up.. what is your next learning curve!!!

Forest Garden

  • Remove any fruit trees that need taking out before it gets too wet
  • Begin preparing ground for planting fruit trees next month
  • Make sure any necessary orchard fencing is finished before planting starts
  • Finalise winter planting plans and tree orders or you’ll miss out on the trees you really want
  • Final de-suckering of bananas this month
  • Time to take rose cuttings and plum rootstock cuttings – soak in willow water and place into sand
  • Manure, fertilise fruit trees, spread EF:Nano Cal, and EF:Soil Force,  or manure , compost and lime  or gypsum if soil needs more structure

 

NEW MOON 26th May

Garden

  • Collect seed catalogues and inspirational books so you can dream about next seasons garden
  • Begin planning next seasons garden based on all you have accumulatively learned to date
  • Spend time on fine days wandering around your garden dreaming and observing and communing with the spirits of nature!
  • If you haven’t already done that get a copy of the Koanga Garden Planner so you do a top job of designing next seasons garden

Forest Garden

  • Finish ordering trees, getting fertiliser organised and sorting your pruning equipment, and reading Design Your Own Orchard together with Design Your own Forest Garden so you have a clear picture of where to plant things and why
  • If you have problems with fruit tree health  ( black spot, etc etc) then applying EF:BioCal onto trunks is always good .. a lack of calcium is the most common factor for fruit tree problems. Once growth begins switch to EF:Fruit Foliar to encourage better flowering and then later EF: Growth  foliar to encourage stronger healthier leaf growth and fruit fill