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: New Moon, Tuesday, August 18
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Prune, water, compost, and fertile
- Container plants should be fertilized often. With the constant watering, nutrients are washed out of the soil quickly. This is especially true with those plants that have been in the same container for two years and longer. My preference is Osmocote as it releases a little bit of nutrients with every watering.
Later in the Week
- Monday and Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Leo - Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests.
- Crabgrass can be selectively removed from a grass lawn with Bayer Advanced All In One Weed Control and Crabgrass Killer or similar product. Crabgrass is used today as a generic term for many unwanted grasses, so you need to be sure that Crabgrass is your problem.
- Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Plant flowering vines.
- Mandeville vines are a lush tropical vine that flowers all summer long. They're best grown in containers so you can protect them for the winter cold.
Other Things To-do
- After the crop of Raspberries and Blackberries are harvested, it's time to prune the old fruiting canes off at the ground. You replace them on the trellis with the vigorous canes at the base of the plants. These canes will produce berries next season. All the rest of the basal shoots should be cut off.
- And finally, support the limbs of apples, peaches, pears, and others with ripening fruit with 2 x 4's or other support. Otherwise, the increasing weight of the fruit will break or crack the limbs.