9th Weekend Of The Spring 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:  4th quarter begins Thursday, May 18 - 
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of  Sagittarius/Capricorn - Harvest, cultivate, plant tubers, prune and fertilize
    • Now is the time to prune Azaleas and remove the spent flowers  as  Azaleas blooms don't self-shed.  After pruning, feed with Azalea, Camellia, and Rhododendron fertilizer monthly until November.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius -  Harvest,  cultivate, weed, and control pests
    • A handheld cultivator is an ideal method of controlling weeds. They’re available with long or short handle.
    • Keep Snails from climbing into the canopy of citrus and other shrubs by attaching Copper Tape to the trunk about two feet off the ground. The Copper will not kill the snails but it will halt the forward progress.
Other Things To-do
  •   It is not too late to sow Sunflower seeds. Beside the giant edible seed varieties called 'Mammoth', there are many decorative varieties. ‘Vanilla Ice' is an heirloom variety with cream-colored flowers with a chocolate brown center. 'Crimson Thriller' produces six-inch wide mahogany flowers. 'Teddy Bear' is a dwarf variety with double golden yellow flowers.
  • And finally, when planting corn be sure to plant it close together in rows or hills. Corn is pollinated by the wind. The lack of pollination is primary reason why there are missing kernels in a corncob.