1st 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:  Full  Moon, Friday,  June 9
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant seasonal  color, herbs and pinch for growth
    • Time to plant the summer color that loves the heat. Vinca Rosea, Victorian Salvia, and Zinnias head the list. For large planting areas consider,  Profusion Zinnias. Profusion Zinnias grow to 12 to 15 inches high and wide and are available in white, orange, cherry, and pink.

Later in the Week

  •  June is the last month we feed turf before the hot weather begins. The easiest way to tell when your lawn is ready for another feeding is when the lawn clipping is half again as much as what they were after the last application of fertilizer. By not feeding in July and August, we avoid potential disease problems from the surge of growth and warm temperatures.
  •   Refresh your snail and slug protection by adding some additional bait. This should be a monthly task as snails and slugs are a problem year round; especially in those, areas that kept damp during the summer months.
Other Things To-do
  • You can help with the pollination of tomato plants by flicking each bloom during the warmest part of the day or by shaking the tomato cages. The pollen is naturally sticky and this helps it to spread.
  •   When removing suckers growth from citrus, it is better to rip, pull or tear the shoots off the trunk than to use a pair of pruning shears. At the base of these shoots are several dormant buds. These buds become active when the main shoot is pruned off. By ripping, tearing or pulling the shoots off, you are eliminating other shoots from growing.