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VV CALENDAR - February 2015
If you've had trouble growing delicate coriander, try sowing the seeds in late February.  This is the best time to plant and they shouldn't bolt to seed.  With luck they'll provide leaves right throughout winter.
Coriander is a herb that people either love or hate.  What many people are unaware of is that the leaf of the coriander plant (aka cilantro) has a number of medicinal uses:
  • Increase appetite
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Aids with digestion
  • Heavy metal Detox
  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids in lowering blood sugar
  • Aids in lowering bad cholesterol
The list goes on and on.
The most famous use of coriander is juicing in order to remove toxic heavy metals from the body.  It is able to remove mercury and aluminum from adipose fat tissue.  Studies have shown that it also removes lead from affected animals.
So grow lots of it and juice it!!!!
February Harvesting
Hot weather continues through February and your veggie garden may now be showing signs of tiring. 
The annual plants such as tomatoes, corn, eggplant, capsicum, chillies, zucchini, pumpkins, celery etc...have been producing an abundance of veggies for you and February is the prime month for harvesting.
Keep your garden well watered and mulched (a little water often is better than the occasional soaking) and keep weeding.
February Pests
Watch out for the white cabbage moth, aphis and thrips, they're out in force now.
Best to pick off caterpillars from your veggies as soon as you see them.  Or try using diluted neem oil on all leafy veggies to deter the moths and pests. 
February Planting
February is the time to start planting your winter veggies.  Remember not to fill up every vacant plot.  Leave some spaces and plant another round of seeds or seedlings in a few weeks so you don't get all your winter veggies maturing at the same time.
Here's a list of seedlings you can plant into your garden in February in Adelaide:
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Kale
  • Lettuces
You can also direct sow the following seeds into your garden in February.
Beetroot Turnips Winter radishes
Carrots Fennel Kohlrabi
Lettuces Lettuces Silverbeet
Onions Rocket Spinach
Happy planting.
Wednesday 4 February 9.39am
From the full moon to the last quarter is the waning moon when the sap flow in plants is more concentrated in the root area and lower in the foliage so its the best time to plant root crops: carrots, onions, radishes, beetroot, parsnips and turnips etc...
Plant fruit trees and perennials during this phase as well: rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries and bulbs.
LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Thursday 12 February 2015  2.20pm
The week of the last quarter is the barren moon phase and is best used to attend to your soil, apply mulch and manure teas, make compost, remove weeds, and dig over the ground.  Or just rest and drink wine on the warm balmy Adelaide evenings.
Thursday 19 February 10.17am
From the new moon to the first quarter is the best time to sow or plant your leafy greens like lettuces, spinach, cabbages, parsley etc.
Mow your lawn and transplant leafy annuals during this phase.
FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Thursday 26 February 3.44am
From the new moon through to the full moon sap flow is increased in the above ground parts of plants.
During the first quarter to the full moon, plant your winter crops that fruit above the ground such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.  It's still OK to plant leafy greens and lettuces during this time as well.
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