10th 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, Thursday, August 11
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Prune fruit trees, cultivate  and weed
    • Hand cultivating is one of the best ways to keep vegetable gardens free of weeds. 
    • It’s not too late to conserve moisture around surface-rooted plants like Azaleas, Camellias, other shade-loving plants, and roses by mulching. A two-inch layer of mulch will keep the roots cool even on the hottest day. 

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn/Aquarius - Prune, fertilize, harvest, and weed.
    • Be sure to keep the area under fruit trees clear of fallen and rotting fruit. All this debris is a perfect breeding ground for problems such as Yellow Jackets, Roof Rats, and other rodents.
    • Pears are maturing, and they’re harvested once they turn the right color for the variety and are hard as a rock.  
Other Things To-do
  • With trees and shrubs planted on a slope, EZ Wet is a biodegradable soil penetrant that promotes deeper roots; alleviates water run-off, erosion, and dry spots.  In addition, it’s of particular value to container plants such as Camellias, Azaleas, Roses, Japanese Maples, and others. EZ Wet is applied monthly through the fall.