Planning & Maintenance 2017



Latest Update 21st March 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   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
    28/01/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot. 

    04/02/2017
    11/02/2017
    19/02/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea
                       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 edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Drench the soil around perennial plants incl. trees and lawns with fungal 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.
                       Sow Vetch Green Manure in Ecobed 4.
    04/04/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot.
                       Sow 2 double rows of Greenpeace Peas in Ecobed 2.
    11/04/2017   Sow Italian Red Garlic in Ecobed 3.
                       Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 3.
                       Sow Australian Brown Onions in a punnet under glass.
    19/04/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Top dress the lawn with organic lawn food.
    26/04/2017   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.
    03/05/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Aquadulce Broad Beans in Ecobed 2.
    11/05/2017   Sow Australian Brown Onions in a 2nd punnet under glass.
    19/05/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Prune the Olive Tree after harvesting the Olives.
                       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.
                       Sow 1 double row of Greenfeast Peas in Ecobed 2.
    09/06/2017
    17/06/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Cut down the Vetch Green Manure growing in Ecobed 4 and place it over
                       the soil in preparation for Potatoes, then add 60mm of compost and cover
                       with fresh straw mulch.
    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   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Top dress the lawn with organic lawn food.
                       Order spring vegetable seeds.
    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 King Alfred Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
    15/08/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Drench the soil around perennial plants with fungal recipe compost tea.
    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 Tigerella 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 Lupins 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 Rosemary in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow Thyme in jiffy pots 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 jiffy pots 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 mini pots under glass.
    06/09/2017   Sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 2.
    13/09/2017   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Foliar feed all non edible perennial shrubs and trees with aerated compost tea.
                       Look out for blackfly on alliums from now until harvest.
                       Prepare Ecobins for Tomatoes.
                       Drench the soil in Small Ecobeds and Ecobins with aerated compost extract 
                       (from worm castings) and transfer some of the worms.
    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   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       Top dress the lawn with organic lawn food.
                       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   Foliar feed all edible plants, lawns and annuals with aerated compost tea.
                       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 edible plants, lawns and annuals 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.

  • Plantings are grouped according to the phases of the moon. 
  • Each phase is identified by one of four background colours in the chart. 
  • Green is a new moon. (Leafy green vegetables). 
  • Brown is the first quarter of the moon. (Fruiting plants). 
  • Pink is a full moon. (Root crops). 
  • Blue is the last quarter of the moon. (Maintenance). 
  • When an activity has been completed, the yellow square at the beginning of the row 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 for 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.
  • Most of the crops listed in the chart are linked to the appropriate database in "Growing Organic Vegetables".  By clicking on any of these vegetables (text highlighted in orange) you can access a page devoted to 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.