February Moon Calendar

FEBRUARY 2022

 NEW MOON 1st February

Garden

    • Bird protection ( see Koanga Garden Guide and Knowledge Base on Website ) on all Summer grain beds  eg millet, amaranth, quinoa
    • Collect, dry, freeze and store any vege and flower seeds
    • Harvest onions and shallots, dry, then select mother seed and store separately
    • Plant seed now for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, peas,, celery, coriander, daikon, turnips,  and parsley. This planting is really important to avoid big gaps in May and June
    • Harvest shellout or dried beans when the sun is out and it is hot, do not leave on plants  in rain for days at this point, if they need further drying place on sheet in greenhouse etc and when pods are crunchy stomp on them to release seeds and store seeds
    • Weeding and aeration
    • Plant beds that have a gap before the next crop with fast growing green manure crops such as mustard, buckwheat and phacelia.. check Koanga Garden Planner and do your homework, to ensure you have no gaps next year
    • Plant a wide range of flowers for autumn and spring flowering such as calendula, chamomile, stocks , hollyhocks, Sweet William, Chinese forget me nots, columbine 
  • Continue to store and process excess crops for future use (see Change of Heart for recipes)  lactic pickled gherkins, Bread and Butter pickles, fermented tomato sauce, fermented pepper sauces, fermented beans, beet kvass,  (see ReGeneration Productions series on Traditional Food storage and Preservation in the Health and Wellbeing Masterclass)

Perennials

  • keep moist but have a break in this department!

 

Temperate Forest Garden 

  • Bud development happening now as energy comes back up from root zone
  • Watch moisture levels in the soil carefully, especially under young fruit trees and citrus, feijoas and kiwifruit which all have very shallow feeder roots. Water stress now could mean bad cicada damage and pear slug damage.
  • Bird protection on trees with ripe fruit
  • Tree roots are very active NOW finding the nutrients they will need to set next years fruit

FIRST QUARTER 9th February

Garden

  • Plant empty beds carbon crops. Check Garden Planner, but I suggest if you are building soil and soil fertility then plant in carbon crops that are also legumes, and fork in 2.5cm of Ramial wood chip into the top 5cm of garden bed soil to use the cooler months to build your soil and fertility as well as moisture holding capacity and enormous fungal networks which  hold the structure in your soil and enable you to become no dig and actually have it work!
  • Carbon crops that are legumes are blue lupins and Crimson clover.. these are my favourite two
  • The crops planted now will provide the most carbon next spring
  • Foliar feed, or soil drench if required three days before the full moon

Temperate Forest garden

  • Watch moisture levels everywhere

 

FULL MOON 17th February

Garden

  • Plant root vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, parsnips, turnips and swedes
  • Liquid feed tomatoes, peppers and eggplants with liquid comfrey
  • Continue making liquid comfrey to feed tomatoes and peppers 
  • Foliar feed three days after the full moon
  • Harvest rest of potatoes and store in breathable bags (hessian is good) bags, or boxes in as dark and cool place as you can find. 
  • Plant empty beds carbon crops. Check Garden Planner, but I suggest if you are building soil and soil fertility then plant in carbon crops that are also legumes, and fork in 2.5cm of Ramial wood chip into the top 5cm of garden bed soil to use the cooler months to build your soil and fertility as well as moisture holding capacity and enormous fungal networks which  hold the structure in your soil and enable you to become no dig and actually have it work!

 

Perennials 

  •  take a break

 

Temperate Forest Garden

  • Plant spring bulbs in groups in orchard ground cover 

LAST QUARTER 24th February

Garden

    • Prick out seedlings, transplant and weed
    • Check corn, quinoa and amaranth grains for maturity and harvest
    • Follow instructions in above publications to know how to harvest dry clean and store seeds
    • Harvest Austrian hulless pumpkins when they have a deep yellow stripe on them, to process see Seed Saving Booklet. Leave to sit for 4 weeks before cutting to remove seed.
    • Harvest shellout or dried beans and process and store
    • Make sure all onions, garlic and shallots are harvested and stored well, with Mother seed set aside
    • Plan Winter garden and make sure you know which beds your, garlic and early peas and broad beans will be in. As summer crops come off these beds you could plant crops to dig in three weeks before planting the crop
    • Spray roses with seaweed, water roots well and liquid feed
    • Sow anemones and ranunculi for winter flowering
    • Finish planting all daffodils and flowering bulbs
    • Lift gladioli when foliage turns yellow
    • Water and feed dahlias for long, strong flowering
    • Take geranium cuttings
    • Layer carnations
    • Prepare beds for planting Autumn Winter flowers

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Tree energy is returning from the roots to the tops now ready to elongate the branches and set buds that will become next seasons fruit
    • Summer prune apricots, peaches and plums after the fruit has been picked. This makes winter pruning easier and there is less chance of disease
    • Do a second Reams soil test in preparation for second fertiliser application in late March April . Unless you have exceptional soil I would fertilise for two -3 years until ramial wood chip is decomposing on the ground all through forest garden if at all possible