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 Saturday, June 17; Tuesday, June 20, Summer Solstice; New Moon, Friday, June 23
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aries - Weed, cultivate, harvest, control pests
- The Budworm season has begun with geraniums and continues through September. You need to check your plants regularly and spray with Captain Jack Deadbug Brew to control the green worms.
Later in the Week
- Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Weed, cultivate, harvest, control pests
- If the leaves on your Rhododendrons, Photinia, Azaleas, Viburnums, and others are turning a distinct silvery color, you have a Thrip problem. It is the Thrip rasping month parts that cause the leaves to turn color Thrips are easily suffocated with Horticultural Oil but I would first pick off the worst of the leaves.
Other Things To-do
- June is the last month to fertilize turf until after Labor Day. Fertilizing during July and August is discouraged as fungus problems can develop from the lush growth
- And finally, to prevent water from rolling around and out the sides of containerized plants, apply a wetting agent such as E-Z Wet or Percolate Plus. These products break the surface tension allowing water to penetrate the root ball of established plants.