Propagating Plan (current)

Latest Update 10th December 2017.

If you want to get organised propagating seeds and cuttings, this is the page for you.


The page goes straight into the plan, but there is a section after that explaining how it works (if required).

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 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
    20/01/2017   Start new hot compost on 20/01/2017
                       Finish new hot compost on 30/01/2017. (10 days).
    28/01/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5). 
    04/02/2017
    11/02/2017   Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    19/02/2017   Summer prune stone fruit (half years growth and thin out canopy).

                       Start new hot compost on 19/02/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 01/03/2017. (10 days).
    27/02/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 4).
                       Sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot (need 2).
                       Sow Romanesco Broccoli in a mini pot (need 2).
    05/03/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot (need 2).
    13/03/2017   Sow 2 Fordhook Silverbeet in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Bloomsdale Spinach in a mini pot (need 4).
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 3.
                       Sow 4 King Richard Leeks in Jiffy pots.
    21/03/2017   Foliar feed all plants with aerated compost tea
     .                 Drench lawns with compost extract.
                       Start new hot compost on 21/03/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 31/03/2017. (10 days) 
    28/03/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 4).
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot (need 2).
    04/04/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass (need 2).
                       Sow a double row of Greenfeast Peas in Jiffy pots under glass (need 24).
    11/04/2017   Sow 2 rows (30 cloves) Italian Red Garlic in Ecobed 3. 
                       Sow 2 rows (24 cloves) Russian Garlic in Ecobed 3
                       Sow 3 rows of Australian Brown Onions in a full punnet under glass (need 45).
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    19/04/2017   Start new hot compost on 19/04/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 29/04/2017. (10 days)
    26/04/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass (need 4).
    03/05/2017   Sow a double row of Aquadulce Broad Beans  in Jiffy pots under glass (need 14)..
                       Sow a double row of Greenfeast Peas in Jiffy pots under glass (need 24).
    11/05/2017   Sow Shallots in Ecobed 2.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    19/05/2017   Order seed potatoes from Diggers Club.
                       Start new hot compost on 19/05/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 29/05/2017. (10 days) 
                       Fit new filter in Jug (every 6 months).
    26/05/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass (need 4).
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot under glass (need 2).
    01/06/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass (need 2).
    09/06/2017   Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
    17/06/2017   Foliar feed all plants with aerated compost tea
     .                 Bucket of compost and drench lawns with compost extract.
                       Start new hot compost on 17/06/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 29/06/2017. (12 days)
                       Prune the Olive Tree after harvesting the Olives.
    24/06/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass (need 4).
    01/07/2017
    09/07/2017   Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in peat pots under glass.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 3
    17/07/2017   Order spring vegetable seeds.
                       Start new hot compost on 17/07/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 29/07/2017. (12 days)
                       Look out for blackfly on alliums from now until harvest
    23/07/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot under glass (need 4).
    31/07/2017   Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot under glass (need 2).
    08/08/2017   Sow King Richard Leeks in a mini pot under glass (need 4).
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Nicola Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
                       Sow Dutch Cream Potatoes in Ecobed 4
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in Ecobed 3
    15/08/2017   Start new hot compost on 15/08/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 27/08/2017. (12 days)
    22/08/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot under glass (need 5).
    29/08/2017   Sow Red Marietta Marigolds in a mini pot under glass.
                       Sow 8 Tommy Toe Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass.

                       Sow 12 Gross Lisse Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass.
                       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 2 Sunflowers in jiffy pots under glass.
                       Sow Dill in a mini pot under glass.
    06/09/2017   Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in s Small Ecobed.
    13/09/2017   Foliar feed all plants with aerated compost tea 
    .                  Drench lawns with compost extract.
                       Start new hot compost on 13/09/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 25/09/2017. (12 days)
    20/09/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 4).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot (need 2).
                       Sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot (need 2).
    28/09/2017   Sow 28 Blue Lake Climbing Beans in Jiffy Pots (2 double rows).
    06/10/2017   Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in peat pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
    12/10/2017   Start new hot compost on 12/10/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 22/10/2017. (10 days)
    20/10/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 4).
    28/10/2017
    04/11/2017   Sow 2 Rhubarb Silverbeet in jiffy pots.
                       Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
    11/11/2017   Lightly prune Stone Fruit. Reduce fruit to improve quality (Click for Demo).
                       Thin Apples to one per fruiting spur. (Click to see Demo).   Apply socks.
                       Start new hot compost on 11/11/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 21/11/2017. (10 days)
                       Fit new filter in Jug (every 6 months).
    18/11/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 4).
    27/11/2017   Sow 12 Sweetcorn in jiffy pots.
    04/12/2017   Sow 4 Crimson Globe Beetroot in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow Nantes Carrots in a Small Ecobed.
    10/12/2017   Foliar feed all plants with aerated compost tea 
    .                  Bucket of compost and drench lawns with compost extract.
                       Start new hot compost on 10/12/2017.
                       Finish new hot compost on 20/12/2017. (10 days)
                       Fit new filters in Sink unit (every 12 months).
    18/12/2017   Sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot (need 5).
                       Sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot (need 4).
                       Sow Brussel Sprouts in a mini pot (need 8).
    26/12/2017   Sow 6 Tommy Toe Tomatoes in Jiffy pots.
                       Sow 12  Sweetcorn in jiffy pots

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 for the following year's plan.   (moon phase dates 2018).
  • 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 page in this blog.  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, and my efforts are less complex than theirs, 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 procedure but I am very happy with the results anyway.