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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd up to 3am sow and cultivate fruits – all cereals, aubergine, broad bean, courgette, cucumber, gherkin, marrow, gourd, pumpkin, melon, pea, peppers, runner bean, sweetcorn, tomato.

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Just got back from visiting the ‘Woodwarming – it’s Wonderfuel’ exhibition and very interesting it was too. Exciting news – looks like wood pellets may be made on the Island soon. You can get automated wood pellet stoves and boilers to run your central heating system, it can be programmed just like a gas boiler. There are a couple of new suppliers of Island made compressed sawdust logs, these logs will keep the fire in your woodburner ‘in’ overnight like coal used to do. There are displays of wood burning stoves from Clearview, Charnwood and E.D.D. as well as info about all the government grants available for wood heating. Will write more fully about it later. The exhibition closes at 4pm today. For details see my previous post about it.

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A Ventnor MorsbagSaturday 29th November Ventnor will be part of a worldwide handout of Morsbags.

The Ventnor handout has been organised by Sheila, she has been working very hard for weeks sewing over 200 Morsbags to give away to Ventnor shoppers,  with some help from a couple of other machinists.  Morsbags are shopping bags made out of donated recycled fabric to help stop the use of plastic carrier bags.

These bags are free!

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log fireA quick reminder about this event:

‘Woodwarming – it’s Wonderfuel’ exhibition on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November 10am – 4pm at Newport Football Club, St George’s Way, Newport, Isle of Wight

Getting hot under the collar about energy?
Many people are now switching to an economical, climate-friendly, local fuel: wood. Wood has kept people warm throughout human history – and it is still here today. Now we can burn it efficiently, easily and cleanly using modern boilers and stoves, so you can afford to be warm and still do your bit to tackle climate change. Woodfuel heating systems can also help to meet increasingly stringent building regulations.
Photo: Scotrail

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th up until noon sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

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Broad beansAs there is not much to sow this month I have combined seeds to sow and what to do in the garden as there are a few important jobs you can be getting on with.

You can still sow broad beans, best variety to sow now is Aquadulce Claudia; pea varieties like Feltham First or a newer variety Meteor.

You can sow Mizuna for some winter salad leaves if you are in the south of the UK or have a poly tunnel or greenhouse.

Winter lettuce varieties like Winter Marvel or Reine de Glace and spring onions can be sown in the greenhouse or a poly tunnel.

November is also the best time to plant garlic.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 17th up to 5pm sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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