4th Weekend Of The Fall 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, Friday, September 29
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn
    • Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the foliage turns yellow, so stop watering them at this point and let the plants die. Halloween is still weeks away, but you can leave the pumpkins in the patch or move them to a shady location until you are ready to carve them. 

Later in the Week

  • Monday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius - Plant onions
    • Onion sets are now available at your favorite garden center. You'll also find garlic and shallots.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Best planting days this month
    • This is an excellent time to plant trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Unlike spring, don't expect a lot of new growth as the growing season is approaching. 
Other Things To-do
  •  Daffodils are graded by the number of flowers they produce. All the other bulbs are graded by size, usually in centimeters. A Jumbo Daffodil bulb will produce three to four flowers per bulb, while a #1 yields two to three flowers, and a #3 makes, usually one. The bigger the bulb, the more flowers.  
  • The spent Hydrangeas flowers/stems can be pruned off now, and you can shape the rest of the plant. You don't want to prune the plant(s) severely. Heavy pruning of older varieties removes the flowering wood, so you will get little to no flowers next year.