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Growing and harvesting your veg. In Tune with the Moon in November


Earth up spring cabbage on: 7– 9 (before 10am), 16 -18 and 26 – 27 (before 2pm) November.

Prune currant and gooseberry bushes when the moon is descending and waning: 23 (before 10am) and 25 – 30 (before 11am) November. Take cuttings from gooseberry and black currant bushes on the last day of the waxing moon 22 November; make the cuttings about 10 – 15 cm in length from the current year’s growth. Gather the cuttings together in bunches of 10 or so, hold together with a rubber band, put in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge overnight. Plant on 23 November as the moon begins its descent before 11am in the morning. Plant the cuttings a 45˚, leaving a little less than half the cutting above ground.

Good day for working on your compost heap is 22 November. Surface spread compost on 1, 5 (the best day) and 28 (pm), though if necessary you can spread on any descending moon day.

A green manure crop is unlikely to germinate now but you can either mulch beds with well-rotted horse manure (but not where your carrots or parsnips will go) or with compost. You can also put the compost in trenches where you will grow your potatoes, peas and beans. Remember to work on trenches for the potatoes on a root day and for the peas and beans on a fruit day. If you don’t have enough manure or compost to cover bare ground use straw or even cardboard.

Make regular checks on the crops that you have in store. Anything with any mould, or black bits needs to be removed, and used straight away. If you can’t use it, put it on the compost pile, or remove if you think it’s diseased. If a lot seems to be going off, make sure that the crop has plenty of air to circulate, and is kept cool and dark.

Planting by the Moon

Roots: Hoe/sow seed on 4– 5, 12 – 13 and 21 – 23 (before 11am). Sow onion sets and garlic in the earlier part of the month.

Fruits: Hoe/sow seed on 1 – 2, 10 – 11, 23 – 24 and 28 – 29 November. Broad beans and hardy peas can be sown in the open ground.

Leaves: Hoe/sow seed on 7– 9 (before 10am), 16 -18 and 26 – 27 (before 2pm). Sow hardy lettuce, asparagus and spinach under cover. Transplant your spring cabbage and kale seedling and plant rhubarb crowns. Remove yellowing leaves on Brussels sprouts, cabbages and kale.

Flowers: Hoe/sow seed on 6, 14 – 15 and 24 (after 3pm) – 25. Sow seed of ornamental flowers: Antirrhinum, Chrysanthemum, Cyclamen, Delphinium and Sweet Peas. Remove yellowing leaves on cauliflower, broccoli and calabrese.

Harvesting in November

Remember if you’re harvesting to immediate use you can do so on any day other than the perigee the ascending node and descending node. Follow the information below if you are harvesting to storing.

Harvest your root vegetables on 1 – 3 (before 10am), 4 – 8, 23 (before 10am) and 25 – 30 (before 11am) November when the Moon is descending, the best days to harvest are 1 – 2, 4, 23 and 28 – 30 (before 11am) November. Harvest carrots, garlic, parsnips and turnips, by the end of the month all root vegetables should have been lifted and in storage.

Harvest all other vegetables on 9 (am) and 10 – 22 November when the Moon is ascending, the best harvesting days are 10 – 14 (am) and 19 – 22. Harvest broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, leeks, and Swiss chard. Also harvest apples and pears.

No work or harvesting should be done in the garden on 3 perigee, 9 ascending node, 23 – 24 descending node and 30 perigee.

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MG I was tempted to skim over this topic as it all seems so complicated and involved. I haven't sufficient interest or time to study it but I do find the whole idea fascinating. The thing that I find most intriguing is that so few take notice of the effects of the moon yet it has such a powerful effect on our earth. If that little old moon can pull all that water around the world, surely it must have 'other' effects' on us all. All plants fruit at the same time each year which is I suppose a lot to do with the sun/daylight but I recon the Moon also has an effect.....even on me hoooowl hooooowl ;-))

31 Oct, 2010


Hi Heron, considering that our bodies are (I think) 80% water it is no wonder the moon has such a huge effect on us! Will be writing in Grow It! again with the results of this year's trials.

31 Oct, 2010


So if you live to the North-East of the pub............;-))

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