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: 2nd Quarter begins on Tuesday, August 25
  •  Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Plant seasonal color and herbs
    • It's not too late to plant summer color. Celosia, Dwarf Dahlias, Vinca, and several different varieties of Salvias are available. They all thrive in the sun and continue to bloom until the first frost.

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday-Friday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius/Capricorn - Plant fruit trees, prune and fertilize
    •  It's not too early to prune fruit trees that the fruit has been harvested. Apricots, Cherries, and Plums are good candidates.
    • Apples are maturing, so harvest them often. Keep those apples pick up that have fallen to the ground picked up as they attract Yellow Jackets.
Other Things To-do
  • When harvesting Chili Peppers, be careful. The pepper juice can be very painful in open wounds, cuts, or scratches and avoid touching your face. 
  •  As long as the temperatures remain mild, divide your perennials; otherwise, wait. There will be plenty of other opportunities later in the fall.
  •  Dump or remove the excess water from saucers to prevent them from being a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus disease.