April Moon Calendar

APRIL 2022

NEW MOON 1st April

Garden

    • Prepare garlic beds
    • In warmer areas this is your last chance to sow silver beet, rainbow chard, endive, all brassicas except Brussels sprouts (too late), peas, coriander and celery
    • Plant compost crops in empty beds, if intending to use ramial woodchip to improve soil then plant lupins and Crimson clover withy ramial forked into top 5cm of soil, and get in as early as possible
    • Last planting of biennial flowers and herbs such as hollyhocks, Sweet William, columbine
    • Sow calendula, cineraria, poppies, snap dragons and pansy seed for flowers in the winter vege garden
    • Sow heartsease and calendula for companion to garlic, onions etc over the winter
    • Plant out autumn /winter flowering annuals that are ready now

Perennials

    • Once rains come cut back, feed, mulch and leave until Spring

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Root activity very high once rains come
    • Feed fruit trees while ground is warm but after rain comes
    • Plan and organise winter plantings
    • Take out any trees that need removing before it gets wet
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FIRST QUARTER 9th April

Garden

    • In areas where broad beans are planted in autumn, soak overnight and plant into beds or into seed trays and transplant
    • In warmer areas this is your last chance to sow corn salad and rocket directly on the surface, in colder areas,
    • Sow silver beet, endive, brassicas, peas, miner’s lettuce, parsley, coriander, daikon turnip and celery into trays
    • Foliar feed three days before full moon
    • Finish planting any spare beds in compost crops such as  lupins, broad beans, vetch and wheat rye
    • When transplanting winter veges , especially brassicas, apply compost and fert if necessary and then mulch

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Continue all jobs as in the New Moon phase

 

FULL MOON 17th April

Garden

    • lovely time in the garden, warn, soil is still very alive and getting ready for it’s rest!
    • Feed if necessary three days after full moon.
    • In warmer areas this is the last chance to sow carrots and beetroot before Spring
    • Go hard to get the last of your beds into carbon crops before it’s too cold for them to grow

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Finish planting spring bulbs
    • Begin wrenching any trees for shifting this winter after the first rain, wrenching one side only this month.
    • Note any trees that need removing this autumn /winter
    • Begin preparing ground for new orchard plantings in winter
    • second optimal time for feeding fruit trees is April/May so get another soil test if you wish and apply your fert now or over the next few weeks, or spread ramial wood chip (information here)

LAST QUARTER 23rd April

Garden

    • Double dig or prepare all remaining beds for winter crops or compost crops
    • Empty chook straw yards onto garden and give chooks fresh material for the winter
    • Manure brassica beds as they are gross feeders
    • Pick and store main crop apples, pears, potatoes, kumara, pumpkin and dried beans
    • Clean out kikuyu barriers
    • Transplant last seedlings

Perennials

    • Prepare strawberry beds for May planting, they do very well with ramial woodchip as mulch or pine needles

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Feed the fungi and microbes in the soil now to ensure tree health next season, with ramial wood chip, and or fert, compost, mulch
    • Great time to inoculate ramial wood chip with King Stropharia mushroom spawn, so long as no chickens around to scratch it all up
    • Tie up boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries and raspberries
    • Trim blueberries and Chilean cranberries
    • Begin collecting fallen leaves to make chicken manure compost in the chicken house, leaf mould, hot beds etc.
    • Great time to chop and drop and also make ramial wood chip
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