Some Gardeners Sow & Plant Crops On Good Friday.. But Is It Good Practice? In This Article I Look At Phenological Gardening.

Sowing By the date of a religious or other event goes back millennia . It’s called phenological gardening, and is based on the idea that certain dates in the calendar align with optimal times for certain gardening tasks. In this article, I explore how you can incorporate this method into your own gardening routine. .. or not!

In the UK, Good Friday is often seen as a key date for sowing seeds and planting certain crops. According to traditional wisdom, the period from Good Friday to the following Thursday is considered favourable for sowing and planting. Some gardeners believe that crops planted during this time will be blessed with good growth and yield.

The only problem is that Good Friday never falls on the same date two years following. In fact it can range between March 20th and April 23rd. But even those dates are argued as incorrect by some churches! So it’s anyones guess or preference. But whichever it is it could be a date spread over more than a spring month!

Advantages Of Using Phenological Gardening Dates

One of the main advantages of using calendar events like Good Friday for gardening is that it can provide a simple, straightforward schedule for gardeners to follow. Rather than having to keep track of specific temperature, daylight, or moon phase requirements for each crop, gardeners can simply use a well-known date as a guideline. This can be particularly helpful for amateur gardeners who are just getting started and may not be familiar with the intricacies of plant growth and development.

So, what can you sow and plant around Good Friday in the UK? Some common crops that are often reasonably safe to recommend for this time of year include:

  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Beetroot

But it depends so much on where you are gardening and I personally find the use of such calendar events more of a hindrance than help.

However by following the guidance of traditional calendar events like Good Friday, you can join a long lineage of gardeners who have used this method to grow healthy, productive crops. While modern gardening techniques and technologies offer many advantages, incorporating elements of phenological gardening can add a touch of history and tradition to your gardening practice. Though I’m not convinced it does much for yields.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that weather and local conditions can affect the success of your gardening efforts. If Good Friday happens to fall during a period of extreme weather or adverse conditions, it’s advisable to adjust your sowing and planting schedule accordingly. Ultimately, the key to successful gardening is to be adaptable, observant, and responsive to the needs of your plants. I don’t think it is to sow by a date that can vary so much from year to year.

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