Propagation Plan

Reviewed 20th October 2018.

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


This page goes straight into the plan, but there is a following section after that explaining how it works (if you need clarification).

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 small fibre pots in the propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Brussel Sprouts in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      25/01/2018   Sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumbers individually in 2 fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      01/02/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Waltham Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Romanesco Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      23/02/2018   Multi-Sow Mini Cauliflower in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      02/03/2018   Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in 1 cluster of 6 in a min pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Bloomsdale Spinach in 1 cluster of 4 in a min pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 4 cluster of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
    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 small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Broadcast sow Green Manure directly into Ecobed 1.
    23/04/2018   Multi-sow Telephone Climbing Peas in 28 clusters of 3 in small fibre pots in a propagator.   Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 3 and water them in.
                         Sow Aquadulce Broad Beans singly in 28 small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 3 and water them in.
      30/04/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer the pots when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 4 cluster of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
    20/06/2018
    28/06/2018   Multi-sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.
    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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
20/07/2018
      28/07/2018   Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      18/08/2018   Multi-sow Red Marietta Marigolds 2 clusters of 6 in mini pots.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Californian Giant Zinnias 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Coneflower 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Blue Borage  1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Red Salvias 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Thyme 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow  Sweet Marjoram 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Sweet Alyssum 2 clusters of 6 in mini pots.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Parsley Continental 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Coriander seeds 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Comfrey 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow 4 Greek Oregano 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Sow 6 Sunflowers individually in small fibre pots.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Sage 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready into drip line beds and water them in.
                         Sow 5 Nasturtiums individually in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in drip line beds and water them in.
       26/08/2018  Multi-sow Parsnips in 3 clusters of 3 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 4 and water them in.
    03/09/2018    Build new hot compost on 09/09/2018. 
                        Turn compost 11th.
                        Turn compost 15th.
                        Turn compost 19th.
                        Turn compost 23rd.
                        Turn compost 28th.
                        Finish new hot compost on 02/10/2018 (23 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 when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in 4 cluster of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Kailaan Broccoli 1 cluster of 4 in a seed tray module.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
      17/09/2018   Multi-sow Tommy Toe Tomatoes 1 cluster of at least 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Gross Lisse Tomatoes 1 cluster of at least 4 in a mini pot.    Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Sweet Basil 1 cluster of at least 6 in mini pots.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumbers individually in fibre pots in a propagator.   Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Sow 3 Waltham Butternut Pumpkins 1 cluster of 3 in a mini pot. Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Californian Wonder Capsicum 1 cluster of 4 in mini pot.
Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Chilli Pepper 1 cluster of 4 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Rock Melon 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 a drip line veggie bed when ready.
      25/09/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Celery in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot. Cover pot with mini polycarbonate sheet to retain moisture until seedlings emerge.   Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in 1 cluster of 6 in a min pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow King Richard Leeks in 6 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 4 and water them in.                  
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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
  17/10/2018       Multi-sow Blue Lake Climbing Beans in 28 clusters of 2 in small fibre pots.   Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 3 and water them in.
                         Sow Sweetcorn individually in 15 small fibre pots.   Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 3 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Chick Peas in 6 clusters of 3small fibre pots.   Transfer them when ready in Ecobed 3 and water them in (between Sweetcorn rows).
  25/10/2018       Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Nantes Carrots mixed with fine dry sand in a drill in Ecobed 4 Cover with sieved compost and water them in.                  
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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Mini Cabbages in 1 cluster of 6 in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                         Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
  06/11/2018.
  23/11/2018       Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
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 mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                        Multi-sow Radishes in 2 cluster of 5 in small fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
                        Multi-sow Brussel Sprouts in 1 cluster of 6in a mini pot.  Transplant individually when still small into fibre pots in a propagator.  Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 2 and water them in.
15/12/2018
  23/12/2018      Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in 3 clusters of 4 in small fibre pots in a propagator. Transfer them when ready to Ecobed 4 and water them in.
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.