July Moon Calendar

JULY 2022

FIRST QUARTER 7th July

Garden

    • Clean out tunnel houses, greenhouses and potting benches ready for spring planting – slugs and snails live under rubbish and things lying around
    • Repot and revitalise pot plants
    • Prepare beds for early potatoes, peas and broad beans
    • Enjoy the last of your winter break

 

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Feed and prune feijoas 
    • Prune tie and de-sucker, manure and mulch berry fruits, blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, loganberry, raspberry, currants etc if not already done. Pruning instructions for all berries in Design Your Own Orchard
    • Once all planting and pruning, staking, manuring and mulching is done  in the orchard, it’s holiday time. If you’re onto it you’ll get a small break before the vege garden is full on!
    • Before you have a break remove all of the mummified fruit remaining on trees to get rid of disease for next year’s crop

FULL MOON 14th July

Garden

    • Begin collecting  your seeds ready for a big early garden planting into seed trays next new moon.. If you are saving your own seed now is a great time to go through them  all and select the very best seeds for planting and spend time with the seeds…handle them… listen to them ….

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Have a knees up, crack out last year’s apple cider or blackberry wine etc

LAST QUARTER 21st July

Garden

    • Check out new and inspirational books! Have you thoroughly read the Art of Composting Booklet  or done our Growing Great Compost online workshop? As home gardeners our solutions for regeneration mostly lie via the compost as far as I can see, a critical area to upskill in. Maybe you are a Beginner Gardener and our Beginner Gardener Booklet will be your start here. Time to do lots of dreaming about your garden goals for the year to come and get your creative juices flowing. The Koanga Garden Planner is a sophisticated design process for achieving all of your goals in the garden, now is the time to use it to design your entire garden to do everything you require
    • Sharpen garden stakes, all tools, oil wooden handles,  trim pea stakes, prepare labels, check all cloche and cover materials as well as all netting hoops and bird covers
    • Make up hot beds if you will be needing them for peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and other early crops next month Koanga Garden Guide has a horse manure design for bottom heat

Temperate Forest Garden

    • If you’ve done your pruning and planting take a breath as the garden is about to explode!

NEW MOON 29th July

Garden

    • Clean out green house and propagation facilities
    • If you haven’t already, plant all garlic, shallots, potato and tree onions now
    • Sow onion and leek seed now
    • Sow seed for early tomatoes to be grown  in glass houses or passive solar cloches. If cloche-grown then they’ll need to be dwarf varieties, Henry’s Dwarf Bush Cherry is our best tomato for small spaces or pot growing.
    • Plant peas into trays for transplanting when 3 -5cm high
    • Sow broad beans into seed trays and transplant as soon as the tops emerge above soil
    • Sow dwarf beans and courgettes into seed trays in warm greenhouse, for planting out into green houses or good cloches in warmer areas
    • Make a late sowing of sweet peas
    • Sow eggplant and pepper seed in a tray of its own, needs 20 degrees day and night for strong even germination (bottom heat trays with thermostats are excellent for making sure you don’t miss this critical germination time)
    • Sow early potatoes  in warm areas  only
    • Plant into seed trays petunia, larkspur, calendula, aquilegia, foxglove, hollyhock, honesty, love-in-a-mist, poppy, , cornflower, stock, Sweet William.
    • Prepare cloches to warm up the soil in preparation for planting out early beans and courgettes also possibly early cabbages, beetroot, lettuces, cucumbers, and for direct sowing rocket, mizuna, kale and mustard lettuce for spring salad greens; to be cut and harvested as mesclun crops
    • Sow Essene flax seed directly onto beds, (broadcast ) lightly rake in, or chop in and cover with shade cloth to protect from birds until 2cm high.
    • As vege beds become dry enough to work begin taking out compost crops, making compost and either digging over or U Barring beds
    • Feed strawberries and rhubarb at this time
    • Ensure all perennials are well mulched ready for Spring production

Perennials

    • Plan your perennial garden now and buy your seeds and plants (or put your name on the wait list for when they become available) 

Temperate Forest Garden

    • Last chance to check all winter plantings to make sure all trees are staked well, that bark is not rubbing on tree stakes, and that all ties from last year are not strangling the trees.
    • If you’re having problems with pollination of fruit trees and bees, and nutrition are not the problem then it may help to record all your flowering times on a chart for a season or two. Set this up now if needed