Hi Everyone and welcome to 2018!
Well its wooshed in with a vengeance , no power all day yesterday, winds and tides crashing over Jersey and thundering across to us in a normally sunny Normandy. Bog garden a quite respectable pond now! -Whe they say live in a new garden for a year then think about changing it, they aren't far wrong, I shall have to definately reconsider planting in this area, or even digging down and turning it into a real pond. At least that will save O/H a little more mowing as this is a fair chunk of lawn currently underwater. -I do hope that none of you have suffered too badly, but I do have to say that with all my Biodynamic and lunar calenders and guides for 2018 spread in front of me, it certainly makes sense that the Full Moon in co-ordination with an exceptionally high tide and in front of Cancer the water sign and Gemini the Air sign certainly makes this surge of wind and water make sense.
This year I want to examine these sort of features in more depth because there is now more and more scientific back up to 'old wives tales' -I also want to examine Companion planting more closely, but we do need more input from the 100,000 odd views that we have had on this Thread to date -There must be Bio and Biodynamic gardeners out there who dip in and out of this site -Please give us your views and experiences -they mean alot to the rest of us.
Anyway, the Weather predictions for January promise colder weather and possible snow particularly between the 5-7th 12th-21st and 29-31st with icy winds 12-15th. The 22-27th is milder with variable weather but an abrupt return to Winter weather from 29th. It would seem that we are entering a cycle of colder Winters and with the exception of a hot May again, cooler periods than usual for the 1st six months of the year with a stormy July, a warm Autumn then reverting to cold and wet. Jean Marais who is a leading light in France specialises in Weather predictions based on planetary alignments - tidal flow and constellations -He foresees excessive weather patterns on the globe with volcanic eruptions caused by excessive seismic movements. -It is now well known that the earth's crust rises up several centimetres during Spring Tides, and this leads to many climatic catastrophes. -It goes without saying that weather effects our mood as indeed it effects birds and livestock. It is this side of the Lunar Calender that I would like to look at more this year. So if you are happy -Let's jump into another year with a biodynamic approach. Let's look at permaculture, purins, decoctions and other brews for the garden. Let's try some experimental planting (some with the Moon some without) -and above all let's compare notes. I shall be joining a Biodynamic Potager Group, which whilst a 'little off the wall' ties in well with this Thread.
This week there is not alot to do in the garden apart from continuing to protect tender veg, go through old stocks of seeds and plan the garden for the coming season. Next week is more interesting so I shall start the Calender then. A date for the Diary - 31st January Eclipse of the Moon.
Remember all suggestions welcome, and what can I plant in a rising and falling pond!!?