12th 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: Full Moon, Sunday, August 22
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius - Harvest, weed, and prune.
    • Tomatoes become very dense in cages unless you thin them out b¬†removing the side shoots. This will reduce the crowing and open the plant up for increase air circulation. The side shoots can be of any size and length. The number you remove is a judgment call on your part.

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Aries - Harvest, weed, cultivate, and control pests
    • Once you've harvested the Raspberries and Blackberries, the fruiting canes are pruned off at the base of the plants. The canes are replaced on the trellis from the most vigorous new shoots found at the bottom of the plant.
Other Things To-do
  • There is a good selection of summer flowering annuals still available at your favorite garden center. This includes Celosia, Dwf. Dahlias, Portulaca, Vinca, and several different varieties of Salvias. When planted now, these annuals continue to bloom until early December or the first freezing night.¬†
  • And finally, remove all struggling tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies in preparation for planting the fall and winter crops. Seeds can be started now, and transplants should be available in a week or two.