Now reprinted with the two templates corrected.
Each week of the growing season has Charles’ favourite sowing dates for each vegetable, at their best times of year. Every date isbased on decades of fine tuning, with his expert observations and learning.
- Use these dates to help you enjoy a regular supply of fresh produce through all four seasons.
As well as sowing dates, Charles has added a brief vegetable growing summary for every month, to help you keep on track.. Plus there are pages about the benefits of no dig, where to buy seeds, and which varieties to sow.
The calendar sowing dates are for a Zone 8b climate in southern UK. You can use this calendar in different climates, with a little adjustment to the dates. If your climate is cooler, sow later by 1-4 weeks in spring, then sow a week or two earlier in summer and autumn, from the solstice onwards.
Climate plus natural growth cycles
Charles’ sowing dates are based on season, climate, and the natural growth cycle of each vegetable. For example your peas will succeed much better when sow in spring rather than summer. That’s because peas grow most healthily and abundantly during months when the days are getting longer. Sow at the best time of year for each different vegetable.
Dates are based secondarily on moon phases. Within the best seasonal times, the moon cycles sometimes give even better times!
Solar and lunar
Charles combines two aspects of moon movements for calculating top sowing dates.
- One is the phases of root-flower-leaf-fruit, based on whether the moon is passing through an astrological sign with earth-air-water-fire qualities.
- The other is waxing and waning. Where possible, sow on a waxing moon for faster emergence and stronger growth, especially just before full moon.
Sun and moon give a framework of action, rather than a rigid rulebook. Many dates have sowing possibilities, there are few dates when all of the good aspects are present.
The calendar is A4 opening to A3, with gorgeous and informative photos from Charles’ garden. Enjoy the seasonal beauty of Homeacres vegetable garden, all year round.
32 pages printed on 200gsm Premium Gloss Paper, with 350gsm cover.
Hole-punched, for hanging on a wall.