11th 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 Sunday, August 15
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant Seasonal color
      • The coneflower, Echinacea, is now available. Technically, they are a perennial that blooms during the summer months in the hottest of locations.  Also, don’t overlook Rudbeckia, Glorious Daisy. They have large rust, harvest brown, and golden yellow daisy-like flowers.  You’ll also find other color combinations,

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Prune and fertilize
    • It's time to reapply a time-release fertilizer such as Osmocote. The first application was in March and April. It is essential to reapply to container plants because they lose nutrients every time you water.
Other Things To-do
  • Gladiolus bulbs/corms should be removed from the ground and stored for planting next year. First, however, you must wait for the leaves to turn brown and easily separate from the ground. You then carefully lift the bulbs/corms out of the ground, wash off all the excess soil from the clusters, and divide the individual corms with a sharp knife. Next, to protect the bulbs from Thrips, dip them in a solution of two tablespoons of Clorox in one gallon of water. After they have air-dried, store the Gladiolus in paper bags in a cool, dry area. 
  •  Vegetable gardens are best weed by hand with a cultivator. However, it would be best if you were gentle around shallow-rooted crops such as peppers.