Planting Calendar

Growing with fellow SA Earth Lovers
2024 is the Planting Calendars 16th year, published since 2009

This decade has seen gardening reach the skies of global trends, as community members, we have turned to each other for support and survival. Never before has social media been this green, with gardening groups all over South Africa, there is sure to be one in your hood.

Enthusiasm blooms amongst us as we engage, trading seeds, knowledge, plants and eventually our edible harvest. This Planting Calendar puts you on your path at your own pace, as we pave our way to self reliance, in tune with Nature.

This South African orientated 2023 Planting Calendar recommends daily gardening activities, colour coded for easy planning and guided by the phases of the moon, SA time (GMT +2hrs). With monthly recommended seeds to plant according to our seasons. Photographs are contributed by proudly South African gardeners, you are welcome to email your photos for future editions selection.ORDER your 2023 Planting Calendar

Created for the people, by the people
of South Africa, our land!


2022 Planting Calendar was accompanied by the 3rd edition of the Garden Guide

Featured theme ‘Seeds & Food Security’, sharing advice from locals about sowing, harvesting, storing and saving to seed exchanging. Connecting you to community garden projects and all sorts of exciting things happening in SA today.

This edition includes a few upgrades, with some comparison sowing charts from 1958 to current, regional and climatically referenced. Encouraging you to log your gardening activity to map out your own chart.



Since the first edition I always knew they will “have their time” one day.

Low and behold, 2020 ‘lock down – home grounding’ time, provided the ideal opportunity to dive deeply into research, upgrading the content quality. From there spawned the gardening trend we have all been preparing for, while I didn’t anticipate how, this certainly is “our time” to share the valuable knowledge our community needs most, to actively create food security. Making small shifts in our basic daily activities, with each others guidance.

I encourage YOU to embrace the abundant gifts that Nature has to offer.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the Planting Calendar…

The Planting Calendar, is an A3 full colour wall calendar, that folds up as an A4.
Accompanied by the A5 Garden Guide booklet, which is filled with helpful advice
experienced and passionate South African gardeners.

Featured Directory contributors… 







The Garden Guide theme is ‘Seeds and Food Security’, these are the contents…

A major upgrade for the colour coded Moon activity guide in the Planting Calendar…

Monthly list of seeds to plant are recommended generally for SA seasons by

Watch this space for articles to be shared on the website, as we roll into the new year.

The 2020 Planting Calendar ….

The Planting Calendar is accompanied by the Garden Guide, which shares all sorts of insight.

Here is a free gift for you: 2018 Garden Guide booklet download

Garden Guide Contents

Editors’ introduction
What is organic gardening – Harry Goemans
Basis of lunar gardening
Moon phase activity guide
How to start a flower or vegetable garden – Lollies Garden
– While building an ecosystem
– Choosing the right location
– Choosing the type of flower / vegetable bed
– Raised bed
– Pots
– Planting directly in the soil
– Bed preparation
– Everyone needs a compost heap
– Selecting your plants
– Extra tips to aid growth
A new paradigm for city structures – Urban Farmer
– Health and nutrition
– Learning opportunity
– Feeding schemes
– Innovative techniques
– Reduce carbon emissions
– Sense of community
– A call for introducing Agrihoods in city planning

Save our country from drought
– Transpiration
7 ways to save water in your garden – Hecker Nursery
– Add mulch to your garden
– Employ Hydro-zoning
– Plant water-wise plants
– Check taps and tools
– Know when to water
– Know how to water
– Improve soil quality

Grey water harvesting – Water Rhapsody
– What is grey water
– Rules of grey water
Rainwater harvesting FAQ
– What sort of roof will maximise rainwater harvesting
– How to pressurise rainwater for household use

Graphic Directory
– Gratitude to our Planting Calendar suppliers
– – Autopot
– InDorSun – LED Grow Lighting
– Eco Tunnels – Accessories and solutions
– Yolo Compost Tumbler
– Bee Ware – Harnessing Nature’s Biodiversity
– Urban Farmer – Edible Gardens
– Hemp – Mushrooms – Plants – Rerooted Earth
– Daisy Fresh Hydroponics
Hydroponics – Daisy Fresh
– How hydroponics works
– Advantages to growing hydroponically
Introduction to Urban Agriculture – Happy Holdings
– The purpose of Urban Agriculture
– The current problem
– The role of hydroponics
– Urban farming
– Vertical growing
– Benefits of urban farming
– Conclusion – References

Organic DIY Remedies – Harry Goemans
– Getting rid of pests, the organic way
– Soft-bodied insects (mites, aphids, mealy bugs)
– Mites and other insects
– Fungal diseases
– Powdery mildew
– Insects and fungal diseases
– Insects on fruit trees
Home remedies and herbal fertiliser

Mulch mulch more – Hecker Nursery
– Benefits of mulch
– Different types of mulches
– Organic mulch
– Inorganic mulch
– Living mulches
– How much to apply

Hemp regeneration – Rerooted Earth

Planting harvest guide
Companion planting
Regional planting chart
National Nurseries and Wholesalers directory

These pages are best welcomed with abundantly open minds and hearts, ready to get our hands in the soil and absorb the nourishment nature has to offer. Get in touch and stay in tune!

See more details in the Directory, of the current Garden Guide’s content contributors …


To include your company in the next edition contact

Now is the time to focus on what we can do, to connect to each other in a way that will support and sustain ourselves. Be a part of the network of support, share your wisdom, expertise and organic seeds!

We invite you to send us photos and stories of your inspiring garden adventures.


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Planting Calendar 2013  Planting Calendar 2012

Planting Calendar 2011  Planting Calendar 2010

Planting Calendar 2009  Planting Calendar back page - 2010

We aim to enrich your knowledge of gardening, by encouraging you to operate in alignment with nature.