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: 4th Quarter begins on Tuesday, September 12
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant for root growth
- Carrots, turnips and other root crops like a loose soil so you’ll need to add more amendments before planting a fall crop. Another alternative is to plant them in containers with potting soil.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests.
- When harvesting thyme, oregano, rosemary and others, take more than your need. Group them all together in a vase or pitcher so you can snip off what is needed for cooking or garnishing and in between enjoy the fragrance.
- Thursday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Prune, water, compost, and fertilize
- Now is the time to remove all the spent Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile blossoms. The stalks should be cut off at the ground. Also, remove all of the old blossoms from any of your perennials.
Other Things To-do
- September is an excellent time to plant new perennials as those started from seeds or transplants will bloom next spring. Those seedlings planted in the spring will take a full year to bloom.
- Don't forget to bait for snails and slugs as they are just as much a problem in the fall as they are in the spring. With all new plantings, be generous with your snail bait.