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Seed Library: Growing Seeds

Planting using maramataka

The Maramataka is the traditional Māori calendar. Like the Gregorian calendar, each year has 12 months, however, the Maramataka is based on lunar patterns. Months begin and conclude with the full moon.

Aligned with the moon's phases, particular days/nights hold either positive or negative implications for activities such as planting and harvesting. 

You can learn more about Maramataka here:

Growing in the Ōtepoti Dunedin climate

Dunedin is cold. 

This means that we have a shorter growing season than other parts of the country. 

Some plants which grow outdoors elsewhere need a little extra warmth down in these parts!

Some of the bigger growers need to be in a greenhouse (or a large conservatory), but some of the herbs will be fine on a sunny windowsill. 

Basil
Happy in a pot on your windowsill.
Chilli's
Happy in a bigger pot in your sunroom/greenhouse
Capsicum
Happy in a bigger pot in your sunroom/greenhouse.
Eggplant
Happy in a bigger pot in your sunroom/greenhouse.
Cucumbers
Need A LOT of space.
These would only be happy in a bigger greenhouse.

 
Tomatoes
Most varieties need A LOT of space.
These would only be happy in a bigger greenhouse.
You may be able to get away with a sunroom if you get a bush or dwarf variety.