Propagation Plan

Reviewed 20th September 2018.

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

      02/01/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in 10 clusters of 5 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    09/01/2018   Start new hot compost on 13/01/2018 
                       Finish new hot compost on 31/01/2018 (18 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                       Harvest Peaches and summer prune tree.
      17/01/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.  
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages. in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Brussel Sprouts in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      25/01/2018   Sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumbers individually in 2 seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      01/02/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    08/02/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/02/2018.
                       Finish new hot compost on 23/02/2018 (13 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
      16/02/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Waltham Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Romanesco Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      23/02/2018   Multi-Sow Mini Cauliflower in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      02/03/2018   Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                          Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in 10 clusters of 5 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Bloomsdale Spinach in 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.   Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact  in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                        Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.  
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
    09/03/2018   Start new hot compost on 04/03/2018.
                       Finish new hot compost on 21/03/2018 (17 days).
                       Drench edible plants and lawns with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                       Renew compost in EcoPropagators.
      18/03/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 4 cluster of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
    25/03/2018 
      31/03/2018   Multi-sow Tasmanian Purple Garlic in 10 clusters of 3 directly into Ecobed 4. 
                         Multi-sow Russian Garlic in 12 clusters of 2 directly into Ecobed 4.
                         Multi-sow Australian Brown Onions in 12 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    08/04/2018   Start new hot compost on 25/03/2018.
                       Finish new hot compost on 12/04/2018 (18 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                       Harvest Olives and Prune tree.
      16/04/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready. 
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Broadcast sow Green Manure directly into Ecobed 1.
    23/04/2018   Multi-sow Telephone Climbing Peas in 28 clusters of 3 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready.
                         Sow Aquadulce Broad Beans singly in 28 modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready.
                         Sow Coles Dwarf Broad Beans singly in 9 modules, and plant with root balls intact in the Mini Ecobed when ready.
      30/04/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.  
                          Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in 10 clusters of 5 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    08/05/2018   Start new hot compost on 26/04/2018
                       Finish new hot compost on 12/05/2018 (16 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                       Fit new filter in Jug (every 6 months). 
                       Order seed potatoes from Diggers Club.
      15/05/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 4 cluster of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
    22/05/2018
    30/05/2018
    07/06/2018   Start new hot compost on 29/05/2018.
                       Finish new hot compost on 12/06/2018 (16 days).
                       Drench lawns and fruit trees with compost extract.
                       Spray whole garden with aerated compost tea.
    14/06/2018   Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
    20/06/2018
    28/06/2018    Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in 10 clusters of 5 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    06/07/2018   Start new hot compost on 24/06/2018
                       Finish new hot compost on 16/07/2018 (20 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                       Order spring vegetable seeds. 
                       Harvest apples.  Clean up bed and apply fresh compost under new mulch.
                       Look out for blackfly on alliums from now until harvest.
      13/07/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
20/07/2018
      28/07/2018   Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
                         Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
                         Sow 8 Nicola Potatoes directly into Ecobed 4.
                         Sow 16 Dutch Cream Potatoes directly into Ecobed 4.
    05/08/2018   Start new hot compost on 07/08/2018.
                       Finish new hot compost on 22/08/2018 (15 days).
                       Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                       Spray stone fruit with copper just before bud burst.
                       Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
      11/08/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      18/08/2018   Multi-sow Red Marietta Marigolds in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Californian Giant Zinnias 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Coneflower 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Blue Borage  1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Red Salvias 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Thyme 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow  Sweet Marjoram 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Sweet Alyssum 6 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Parsley Continental 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Coriander seeds 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow Comfrey 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Multi-sow 4 Greek Oregano 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                         Sow 6 Sunflowers individually in seed tray modules, and plant out in a drip line bed when ready.
                     Multi-sow Sage 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in drip line beds when ready.
                     Sow 5 Nasturtiums individually in seed tray modules, and plant out in a drip line bed when ready.
       26/08/2018    Multi-sow Parsnips in 3 clusters of 3 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                         Multi-sow 12 clusters of Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready.
    03/09/2018    Build new hot compost on 09/09/2018. 
                        Turn compost 11th.
                        Turn compost 15th.
                        Turn compost 19th.
                    Turn compost 23rd.
                    Finish new hot compost on 27/09/2018 (18 days).
                        Spray rear garden with aerated compost tea.
                        Spray front garden with aerated compost tea.
                        Drench fruit trees and root crops with compost extract.
                        Drench lawn with compost extract.
                        Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                        Renew compost in EcoPropagators.
      10/09/2018  Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 clusters of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Kailaan Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
      17/09/2018  Multi-sow Tommy Toe Tomatoes 1 cluster of at least 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Gross Lisse Tomatoes 1 cluster of at least 4 in a mini pot.    Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Sweet Basil 1 cluster of at least 6 in mini pots.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumbers individually in modules in a seed tray.  Plant out in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Sow 3 Waltham Butternut Pumpkins 1 cluster of 3 in a mini pot. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant out with root balls intact in a drip line veggie bed when ready.
                         Multi-sow Californian Wonder Capsicum 1 cluster of 4 in mini pot. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Chilli Pepper 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                         Multi-sow Rock Melon 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in a drip line veggie bed when ready.
  25/09/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
                     Multi-sow Celery in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.   Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact  in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                     Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact  in Ecobed 4 when ready.
                     Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready
02/10/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/10/2018.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/10/2018 (18 days).
                   Spray vegetables and fruit trees with aerated compost tea.
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
  09/10/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in a drip line veggie bed when ready.
                     Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in drip line veggie bed when ready.
                     Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in a drip line veggie bed when ready.
  17/10/2018   Multi-sow Blue Lake Climbing Beans in 28 clusters of 2 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready.
                     Sow Sweetcorn individually in 30 seed tray modules, and plant out seedlings in Ecobed 3 in 2 rows when ready
                     Multi-sow Chick Peas in 6 clusters of 3 in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready (between Sweetcorn rows).
  25/10/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
                     Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant 10 modules in Ecobed 4 when ready.
01/11/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/11/2018.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/11/2018 (18 days).
                   Spray vegetables and fruit trees with aerated compost tea
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch. 
                   Fit new filter in Jug (every 6 months).
                   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.
  08/11/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                     Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                     Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
  06/11/2018.
  23/11/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
30/11/2018  Start new hot compost on 10/12/2018.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/12/2018 (18 days).
                   Spray vegetables and fruit trees with aerated compost tea.
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                   Harvest Apricots and summer prune tree. 
                   Fit new filters in Sink unit (every 12 months).
  07/12/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                     Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in a seed tray module, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 2 when ready.
                      Multi-sow Brussel Sprouts in 1 cluster of 6 in a seed tray module. Transplant individually before true leaves form in seed tray modules, and plant with root balls intact in Ecobed 3 when ready.
15/12/2018
  23/12/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in seed tray  modules, and plant with root ball intact in Ecobed 4 when ready. 
29/12/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/01/2019.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/01/2019 (18 days).
                   Spray whole garden with aerated compost tea.
                   Drench lawns and fruit trees with compost extract.
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.


                   Shows which seeds were ordered on 09/07/18 in good time for spring sowing.
The Planning and Maintenance Chart works like this:-
  • 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 vegetables 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, a red marker is added at the beginning of the row describing that activity.
  • 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.