The 5th month of the Māori year, Whiringa-ā-nuku, starting on Thursday 7th October (Oketopa)~
Kua tino mahana te whenuaThe earth has now become quite warm
Thank the goddess as I’m ready for a bit more warmth. Warmth does drag its feet here in Eketāhuna but it’s still warmer than it usually is and things are a-happening.
So what to do to facilitate all this mad rush of growth? ~ Let’s get into by starting with the third day….
Haohaoata, 9th October
A very good day for planting kūmara or any seed. Basically, the gates are open kids, all seed is fair game (except seeds best sown in autumn, like coriander and a lot of brassicas). If you’re cool climate like me remember to sow your leek seeds this month, to be planted out in December.
Between New Moon (Whiro, 7th Oct) and First Quarter (Tamatea angaanga, 13 Oct) get stuck into your weeding, they’ll come up a dream. Prick out and transplant seedlings if your climate is kind. Keep a keen eye out for slugs and snails, Quash is the most acceptable slug/snail bait that I know of for an organic garden.
Māwharu, 28th Oct
Foliar feed your garden and fruit trees.*
Māwharu is a great day for planting out, but the produce won’t keep so well. So, for example, plant out your green beans (snap beans) but wait ’til Rākaunui to plant out beans you’re planning to dry.
Rākaunui, 21 Oct + Rākaumatohi, 22 Oct
Get your roots down; sow carrots, parsnips, main crop potatoes, beetroot, jeruselum artichokes, echinacea.
*For the following few days it is so so or not very good to be working in the garden according to the Maramataka. Which is a bit of a shame because it is Labour Weekend, a traditional gardening weekend in Aotearoa. But gosh, you know what, you don’t have to be a slave to the Moon calendar – like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, you’ve still got to use your common sense. Don’t foliar feed/spray your plants if it is raining… If you don’t have time to do something that the Moon calendar dictates on a certain day, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you do things out of sync the world isn’t going to fall apart and your garden isn’t going to die. This is a guide, not a rule book!
Korekore piri ki ngā tangaroa, 28th Oct – Ōrongonui, 1st Nov
Seed sowing, planting out, mounding up potatoes, dividing herbs, slug and snail hunting.
Get in there and enjoy 🍃
And then take a step back, admire what you’ve got going on and what you’ve set in place to happen…
Amazing and super exciting isn’t it?