12th Weekend Of The Summer Gardening Season

Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do

An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.

  • Lunar Phase: New Moon on Monday, August 21
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Leo -  Harvest, weed, and control pests
    • Spotted Spurge is an undesirable weed growing in turf. It's an aggressive grower and produces copious amount of seed. If you ignore them this year, the problem will be much worst next year.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of  Virgo -  Plant flowering vines
    •  Mandavillea is a summer flowering vine with showy, large flowers. They’re easy to maintain. All that’s necessary is to deadhead them, prune to shape and feed with a high phosphorus fertilizer.
  •  Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of  Libra - Plant seasonal color
    •  Zinnias, Vinca Rosea, and Victorian Salvia are available for planting. When planted now, these annuals continue to bloom until early December or the first very cold night.
Other Things To-do
  • It’s a good time to reseed bare spots and thicken up thinning lawns. For bare spots, I would reseed the blank areas; however, for thickening, you need to reseed the entire area. Also, in those areas that are shady, I’d use a shade mix and blend the seed into the sunny areas.
  •  And finally, it’s not too late to prune the late season flowering shrubs. A good shaping will prevent them from growing out of control.