November Moon Calendar


FIRST QUARTER 4th November


  • 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


  • Keep up the watering

  • Check for pest problems, spray if necessary

  • Remove any unwanted suckers from berry fruit,

  • Watch for breaking branches as early fruit swells, may need to thin fruit or prop up branches especially the Orion peach and Marabella plum

  • Chop up flowering Abyssinian bananas for mulch around subtropical orchard

  • Feed citrus to encourage strong healthy growth at this time


FULL MOON  13th November


  • 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


  • Keep watering and watch for pest/disease problems

  • If there is still moisture in the ground there will be loads of grass that can be scythed to use as mulch on the garden


LAST QUARTER  20th November


  • 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


  • 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?

  • Time to prune your cherimoyas, back to three buds of new growth, cover cuts with pruning paste to stop borer getting in

  • Great time to plant sub-tropicals


NEW MOON  27th November


  • Check for water stress – the less stress, the less pest problems

  • Transplant last of spring plantings – late crop tomatoes, beans and corn, basil, courgettes, cucumbers and leeks

  • Watch for young, black shield bugs – use neem tree oil spray

  • Take care of liquid fertiliser barrels; keep stirred and refilled with comfrey manure seaweed etc. Tomatoes, corn, pumpkins may need a boost now

  • Plant seed into trays for late summer harvesting of dwarf and climbing beans, courgettes, carrots, beetroot, lettuce (tree lettuce will take the heat), basil, tampala, short season corn ( if you are in a area with a long summer), celery


  • Check young trees carefully for moisture stress. Water stress now will mean damage from cicada, shield bugs, pear slug, woolly aphids and die back on young trees.

  • Watch fruit carefully and net trees where you need to. We use 10m squares of knitted bird netting, raised over the trees with a bamboo pole on two corners of the netting and pulled in together underneath.

  • Watch carefully for branches of stone fruit showing signs of silver leaf – often just one limb of a tree will have silver leaves. Now is the time to cut that limb off and burn it and inoculate the tree with Trichopaste and or Tricho dowels.