December Moon Calendar

DECEMBER 2019

FIRST QUARTER  4th December

Garden

  • Finish planting any seeds needed for continuity including late sunflowers and flowers for autumn colour (zinnias, gaillardia, cosmos, and marigolds)

  • Keep up regular watering and nutrient maintenance

  • Foliar feed three days before full moon – regular foliar seaweed could save many pest and disease problems if your soil health is not yet ideal

  • Watch for shield bugs

Orchard

  • Check moisture levels on all young trees, look at the soil and leaves

  • Watch for bronze beetle damage, pear slug and cicada damage

  • Foliar spray with seaweed vermiliquid

 

FULL MOON  12th  December

Garden

    • Give foliar feed and keep up with watering

    • Last chance to plant main crop potatoes onto trenches of comfrey if not already in

    • Feed tomatoes and peppers with liquid comfrey weekly from now on for maximum crops

 

Orchard

  • Monthly fish and phyter or liquid seaweed or vermiliquid as necessary to prevent disease and strengthen cell tissue and soil micro organisms in the orchard

  • Summer prune stone fruit as the fruit has finished on each tree – you’ll have less disease issues and the autumn growth will grow where you need it.

 

LAST QUARTER  19th December

Garden

  • Prick out seedlings as necessary

  • Keep up watering

  • Carefully observe all plants – they’ll tell you if they need some more water, nutrients, help with pest control, tying up or more space. This is a very important time to good care of the tomatoes and peppers

Orchard

  • You should be able to have a break for a few weeks now if you’re up to date with all the above jobs. Time to begin picking the fruit and enjoying the season!

 

NEW MOON  26th December

Vege Garden

  • Water carefully, using fingers to make sure the ground is getting wet where you need the moisture

  • Harvest garlic and onions and dry if ready

  • Weed and prepare beds , aerate surface of all unmulched beds with hoe or long handled straker or niwashi etc

  • Sow late and glasshouse crops of cucumbers, courgettes, beans, basil

  • Sow peas, rocket, coriander  in shade

  • Plan and sow seed for autumn crops like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, spinach, celery carrots, beetroot, endive, Brussels sprouts, kale, swedes and turnips, lettuce, radish,  and daikon

  • Continue regular weekly feeding of gross feeders with liquid comfrey or liquid manure and foliar feeding with fish, phyter, seaweed or vermi-liquid if necessary

  • Transplant leeks into garden for autumn winter use

  • Sow seed for late autumn/winter early  spring  flowering—snap dragon, calendula, marigold, sweet william, hollyhock, granny’s bonnets, cineraria, primrose and polyanthus

Orchard

  • Pinch growing tips out on your fig trees to encourage the growth to go into the fruit

  • Net and harvest ripening fruit

  • Watch moisture levels, check young trees carefully