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. Wednesday, May 2
- Saturday-Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant seasonal color and herbs.
- Salvia, Portulaca, and Vinca Rosea are ideal for those that receive a hot afternoon sun with minimal water. Parsley and Basil can be planted with Marigolds, Ageratum, Lobelia, and others for some created color combinations.
- When replanting color bowls and other containers, it's not necessary to sterilize the pots. Container plants typically die from normal causes like neglect and water stress, not diseases. Also, it's not necessary to use fresh soil; instead, recycle and rejuvenate the old soil.
Later in the Week
- Thursday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Plant fruit trees, plant for root growth, including potatoes and onions.
- Fruit trees are now available in containers. While the selection isn't abroad as it is during the winter months, you should find an adequate number of varieties for your home orchard.
Other Things To-do
- When planting a butterfly garden, be sure to include several rocks that have a flat surface. If possible, place the rocks, so they face east. In the morning, Butterflies need to be warmed up by the morning sun so they will rest on the rock and spread their wings. The wings act like a solar panel picking up heat from the sun and the heat off the rock.
- May is the month to plant watermelons, cantaloupe muskmelons, and others. The key to growing good melons is a lot of sun, at least six hours, and a regular amount of water. The intake of moisture is what increases the size of the fruit; however, an overabundance of moisture will cause the melon to crack and rot