VV CALENDAR – May/June 2017

I’ve just picked my last pumpkin and it’s sitting pretty, curing with the others on my kitchen window. All the summer produce has been cleared out of my garden now and this autumn/winter, instead of planting the entire garden out with spinach and brassicas, half will be devoted to an alfalfa cover crop which will enhance the structure and fertility of the soil, ready for next spring.
May/June Pests
Slugs and snails are still munching away voraciously at our green leafy plants. First round of of fence is to seek out their nests and dispose of them. A very simple snail trap is a bowl of beer or wine mixed with water. Place it with the rim 1 cm above the ground. They will slide in for a drink and drown sugar water (5% sugar solution) is also highly effective, as is diluted cordial.  Empty your traps daily into the compost or chook run.
White and grey sticky aphids are starting to appear again now. Strips of yellow sticky tape strung around the garden like flags work wonders in controlling the population but nothing beats a gentle vacuum!
White cabbage butterfly larvae (caterpillars) – see our November 2015 Biogardening article for some tips on how to deal with them. If you can’t pick the caterpillars and larvae off one by one, try some sticky traps available from nurseries or from Green Harvest.
Rats and mice will also be coming out of hiding looking for food, especially sweet baby seedlings, so prevention is much better than dealing with plague proportions.
Birds can strip your baby cabbages and other brassicas completely bare at this time of year as their food supply becomes scarce, so best to cover with protective bird netting or try making a scarecrow.
May/June Planting

Vegetables planted in Adelaide during May and June must be able to tolerate cooler conditions.

Get the last of your Garlic and Broad Beans planted during May. Plant out your brassica seedlings too: Cabbages (green, red and savoy varieties), Cauliflowers, Broccoli, Sprouting Broccoli and Kale. Also Celery, Radishes, Silverbeet and Spinach, Peas, Snowpeas, Sugar Snap Peas, Onions and ShallotsThey’ll all grow slowly.
TIP: When planting peas, snowpeas or broad beans, soak them overnight first.
And consider planting these herbs that grow well over winter:
Coriander, mustard greens, corn salad, Italian parsley, winter savoury.
Happy planting and composting.
May/June 2017

FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Wednesday 3 May at 12.16pm

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 crops that fruit above the ground such as peas, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower etc. It's still OK to plant leafy greens and lettuces during this time as well.

Thursday 11 May at 7.12am
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 carrots, onions, radishes, beetroot, parsnips and turnips.

LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Friday 19 May at 10.02am
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.

Friday 26 May at 5.14am
From the new moon to the first quarter is the best time to sow or plant your leafy greens like lettuces, spinach,cabbages, and herbs etc.Mow your lawn and transplant rhubarb during this phase.

FIRST QUARTER (waxing moon)
Thursday 1 June at 10.12pm
(see First Quarter section above)

Friday 9 June at 10.39pm
(see Full Moon section above)

LAST QUARTER (waning moon)
Saturday 17 June at 9.02pm
(see Last Quarter section above)

Saturday 24 June at 12 noon
(see New Moon section above)
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