Propagating Plan (current)



Latest Update 11th August 2017.

If you want to get organised propagating seeds and cuttings, this is the page for you. The page goes straight into the chart itself, but there is a section after the chart explaining how it works.


New Moon        Leafy plants including Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Silverbeet and Spinach.
First Quarter.    Fruiting plants including Tomato, Capsicum, Pea, Bean, Cucumber and Pumpkin.
Full Moon         Root crops including Potato, Carrot, Turnip, Onion, Leek, Beetroot and Garlic.
Last Quarter.    Maintenance

Starting Date
    06/01/2017
    12/01/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    20/01/2017
    28/01/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot. 

    04/02/2017
    11/02/2017
    19/02/2017   Summer prune stone fruit (half years growth and thin out canopy).

    27/02/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot.
                       Sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot.
                       Sow Romanesco Broccoli in a mini pot.
    05/03/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot.
    13/03/2017   Sow Rhubarb Silverbeet in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Fordhook Silverbeet in a Jiffy pot.
                       Sow Bloomsdale Spinach in a Jiffy pot.
                       Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a Jiffy pot.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 3.
                       Sow King Richard Leeks in Jiffy pots.
    21/03/2017   Foliar feed all plants and drench lawns with aerated compost tea.
    28/03/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot.
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot.
    04/04/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot.
                       Sow a double row of Greenfeast Peas in Ecobed 2.
    11/04/2017   Sow Italian Red Garlic in Ecobed 3. 
                       Sow Australian Brown Onions in a punnet under glass.
    19/04/2017
    26/04/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass.
    03/05/2017   Sow a double row Aquadulce Broad Beans in Ecobed 2.
                       Sow a double row of Greenfeast Peas in Ecobed 2.
    11/05/2017   Sow Shallots in Ecobed 2.
    19/05/2017   Order seed potatoes from Diggers Club. 
    26/05/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot under glass.
    01/06/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass.
    09/06/2017
    17/06/2017   Foliar feed all plants and drench lawns with aerated compost tea.
                       Prune the Olive Tree after harvesting the Olives.
    24/06/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass.
    01/07/2017
    09/07/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in peat pots under glass.
    17/07/2017   Order spring vegetable seeds.
                       Look out for blackfly on alliums from now until harvest
    23/07/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass.
    31/07/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass.
    08/08/2017   Sow King Richard Leeks in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Nicola Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
                       Sow Dutch Cream Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
    15/08/2017
    22/08/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass.
    29/08/2017   Sow Red Marietta Marigolds in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Tommy Toe Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass (need 8).
                       Sow Amish Paste Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass (need 6).
                       Sow Gross Lisse Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass (need 6).
                       Sow Sweet Basil in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Californian Wonder Capsicum in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Coneflowers in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Blue Borage in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Ladybird Nasturtium in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Red Salvias in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Sage in a mini pot under glass
                       Sow Thyme in a mini pot under glass under glass.
                       Sow Sweet Marjoram in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Parsley Continental in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Comfrey in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Greek Oregano in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumber, in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow 2 Lemon Cucumbers in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow 2 Waltham Butternut Pumpkins  in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Sunflowers in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Dill in a mini pot under glass.
    06/09/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 2.
    13/09/2017   Foliar feed all plants and drench lawns with aerated compost tea.
                       Prepare Ecobins for Tomatoes.
    20/09/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot.
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot.
                       Sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot.
    28/09/2017
    06/10/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in peat pots.
    12/10/2017   Propagate Marguerite cuttings in a propagator.
    20/10/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
    28/10/2017
    04/11/2017   Sow Rhubarb Silverbeet in peat pots.
                       Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    11/11/2017   Lightly prune Stone Fruit and reduce fruit to improve quality (Click to see Demo).
                       Thin Apples to one per fruiting spur. (Click to see Demo).
    18/11/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
    27/11/2017   Sow 2 double rows of Blue Lake Climbing Beans in Ecobed 2.
    04/12/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    10/12/2017   Foliar feed all plants and drench lawns with aerated compost tea.
    18/12/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot.
    26/12/2017   Sow Tommy Toe Tomatoes in jiffy pots (need 6).
The Planning and Maintenance Chart is organised as follows.
  • Plants are sown during the phase of the moon appropriate to their biological needs.
  • Each phase is identified by one of four background colours in the chart. 
    • Green is a new moon. (when leafy green vegetables are sown). 
    • Brown is the first quarter of the moon. (when fruiting plants are sown). 
    • Pink is a full moon. (when root crops are sown). 
    • Blue is the last quarter of the moon. (reserved for maintenance activities). 
  • When an activity has been completed, the yellow square at the beginning of the row controlling that activity is changed to red.
  • You can see how far planting has progressed from the position of the last activity highlighted in red.
The chart was developed to achieve the following outcomes.
  • It indicates when seeds should be sown and cuttings planted so they are ready when needed in the garden (especially the veggie garden). 
  • It keeps track of progress so no sowing or planting is overlooked. 
  • Adjustments are made to the timing of seedling propagation to cope with shifts in weather patterns and to make sure sowings are synchronised with soil preparation. 
  • The chart is constantly being improved and the changes recorded. 
  • The altered chart is copied and used as the basis of the following year's plan. 
  • As we enter a new year, the chart is modified so that crops are grown in the next Ecobed in the 4 year crop rotation. (e.g.  Crops grown in Ecobed 1 in the current year will be grown in Ecobed 2 in the following year).
  • Most of the crops listed in the chart are hyperlinked to the appropriate database in my blog "Growing Organic Vegetables".  By clicking on any of these vegetables (text highlighted in orange) you can access a page devoted to growing that particular vegetable.
  • This is a continuous improvement approach to gardening which has worked well for me over the years.
Note*. I am a great admirer of the complexity of nature, and I know that gardeners from antiquity have used the moon as a guide to plant their crops. Many organic gardeners and biodynamic farmers use more complicated versions involving the zodiac and other factors. My efforts may be over-simplified, but I use it mainly to arrange my planting schedule and my annual crop rotation. I'm not sure germination and ongoing plant growth benefits much from this process, but I am very happy with the results anyway.