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, Tuesday, November 12 - Veteran’s Day Weekend
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Aries/Taurus: Plant Seasonal color and leafy vegetables
- Exposure is not a concern with Pansies, Violas and other seasonal color during the winter months. Instead, the critical issue is spacing, as you will see little growth until February.
Later in the Week
- Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests
- if you see holes in the leaves of Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and other leafy vegetables look for a green inchworm or caterpillar under the leaves. For minor out breaks just pick off the critters and throw them away; otherwise spray the foliage with Bt, Bacillus Thuringiensis or Spinosad. Bt and Spinosad are environmentally safe insecticides for use on all edible plants
Other Things To-do
- Now is an excellent time to plant new perennials or add new ones to existing areas. Iberis, Palodsum Daisy, Foxglove, Larkspur, Coreopsis, and others, planted now will bloom this coming spring.
- With the shorter days, you can reduce the mowing height on your lawnmower. During the winter months, Ryegrass, and Bluegrass should be mowed at 1 1/2 to 2 inches while fescue is cut at 2 to 2 1/2 inches.
- It’s time to knock down all the watering basins around trees and shrubs. During the rainy season, we want the water to drain away from the base of the plants. In areas were it drains poorly, dig some narrow trenches to move the water elsewhere.