3rd 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: 2nd Quarter begins on Wednesday;  June 20 Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice ( aka the longest day of the year)
    •  Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of  Leo -
      •   With temperatures above eighty degrees, water in the morning on a rising temperature. My rule of thumb is to have all your watering completed by 11:00 am.

Later in the Week

  • Monday/Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Plant Vines
    •   Trumpet Vines  large green leaves with cluster of lavender, yellow and yellow and red flowers.  They are evergreen but do suffer from cold temperatures during the winter.
  • Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of  Libra - Plant Seasonal color
    • Vinca Rosea tolerates the hot sun  and  is pest free. The lush green foliage is cooling to look at on those warmest of warm days. 
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. I'd use a complete fertilizer that will release nitrogen over an extended period of time.
  •  Bonide Wilt Stop helps prevent leaf scorch on Japanese Maples. It's best applied in the morning before a heat spell. Cloud Cover coats the leaf with a clear membrane that reduces the excessive loss of moisture through evaporation on hot days. It's applied monthly now through August.