Propagation Plan

Latest Update 22nd June 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 a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant 12 modules into  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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Sow Brussel Sprouts in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready. t (need 6).
    25/01/2018   
    01/02/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Romanesco Broccoli in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
    23/02/2018   Multi-Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
    02/03/2018   Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Bloomsdale Spinach in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into an Ecobin when ready.
                       Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
                       Multi-sow 4 King Richard Leeks in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 vegetables 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
    25/03/2018   Multi-Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Sow Telephone Climbing Peas in 28 modules.  Plant out seedlings in Ecobed 3 in 2 double rows when ready.
                       Sow Aquadulce Broad Beans in 28 modules.  Plant out seedlings in Ecobed 3 in 4 rows when ready.
    31/03/2018   Sow 2 rows (30 cloves) Tasmanian Purple Garlic in Ecobed 4. 
                       Sow 2 rows (24 cloves) Russian Garlic in Ecobed 4
                       Sow 3 rows of Australian Brown Onions in a full punnet under glass (need 45).
                       Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant 12 modules into  Ecobed 4 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Sow Green Manure directly into Ecobed 1.
    23/04/2018
    30/04/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                       Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
    22/05/2018
    30/05/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
    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
20/06/2018
28/06/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
06/07/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/07/2018
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/07/2018 (18 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
20/07/2018   Multi-Sow Mini Cauliflower in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf . transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
28/07/2018   Multi-sow 4 King Richard Leeks in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready. 
                   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
                   Sow Nicola Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
                   Sow Dutch Cream Potatoes in Ecobed 4.
05/08/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/08/2018.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/08/2018 (18 days).
                   Drench vegetables with compost extract.
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
11/08/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
18/08/2018   Sow Red Marietta Marigolds in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow 8 Tommy Toe Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow 12 Gross Lisse Tomatoes in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow Sweet Basil in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Californian Wonder Capsicum in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow Coneflowers in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow Blue Borage in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Ladybird Nasturtium in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow Red Salvias in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Sage in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Thyme in a mini pot under glass under glass.
                   Sow Sweet Marjoram in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Parsley Continental in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Comfrey in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow Greek Oregano in a mini pot under glass.
                   Sow 2 Lebanese Mini Muncher Cucumber, in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow 2 Lemon Cucumbers in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow 2 Waltham Butternut Pumpkins  in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow 2 Sunflowers in jiffy pots under glass.
                   Sow Dill in a mini pot under glass.
26/08/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant 12 modules into  Ecobed 4 when ready.
03/09/2018   Start new hot compost on 10/09/2018.
                   Finish new hot compost on 28/09/2018 (18 days).
                   Spray all plants with aerated compost tea.
                   Drench lawns with compost extract.
                   Buy bale of organic sugar cane mulch.
                   Renew compost in EcoPropagators.
10/09/2018   Multi-sow Red Iceberg Lettuce in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.                  
                   Multi-sow Purple Top Turnip in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Waltham Broccoli in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into an Ecobin when ready.
17/09/2018   Multi-sow Blue Lake Climbing Beans in 28 modules.  Plant out seedlings in Ecobed 3 in 2 double rows when ready.
25/09/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready. ).
                   Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
17/10/2018  
25/10/2018   Multi-sow Fordhook Silverbeet in a mini pot.  Prick out individual seedlings into 4 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready. 
                   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 2 when ready.
06/11/2018   Sow Sweetcorn in 12 modules.  Plant out seedlings in Ecobed 4 in 2 rows when ready.
23/11/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into Ecobed 4 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Nantes Carrots in a module tray.  Transplant 12 modules into  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 a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 3 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Mini Cabbage in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 3 when ready.
                   Multi-sow Brussel Sprouts in a mini pot. Prick out individual seedlings into 6 modules when still in 1st leaf.  Transplant seedling modules into Ecobed 3 when ready.
15/12/2018   Sow Tommy Toe Tomatoes in 6 modules.  Plant out seedlings in Ecobed 2 in 2 rows when ready.
23/12/2018   Multi-sow Crimson Globe Beetroot in a module tray.  Transplant 6 modules into 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.
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.