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 Thursday, October, 12
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant for root growth, and divide perennials
- Pumpkins can be harvested now and stored in a cool, dry location until you're ready to carve or decorate them.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Harvest, weed, cultivate and control pests
- You should remove any of the summer vegetable crops that are struggling along with any of the unwanted vegetation. You then replant with Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Peas or other seasonal vegetable crops for the fall and winter months.
- Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Plant for root growth, and divide perennials
- Bearded Iris can be divided and transplanted at this time. When transplanting, three-quarters of the tuber(s) is out of the ground.
Other Things To-do
- Sasanqua Camellias have arrived at your favorite garden center. Yuletide, Jean May, and Appleblossom are just a few of the varieties that you’ll find. Sasanqua Camellias bloom November through February and grow in a sunny location as long as their roots are shaded from the afternoon heat.
- Citrus is budded in October using a Slice Shield Bud. Gather the budwood in a week before budding and store at 34 degrees. Select only well-matured disease free budwood, and remove the leaves. If you use a plastic bag, leave the bag open to avoid condensation on the budwood.