1st Weekend Of The Fall 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: 4th Quarter begins on Thursday, September 10
    • Hydrate your plants often with HOT, HOT, HOT temperatures
    • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Aries/Taurus- Harvest, weed, cultivate, control pests, plant and transplant for root growth
      • Labor Day signals the beginning of the fall gardening season. It's time to change your color, plant winter vegetables, spring-blooming bulbs, rejuvenate lawns, plant trees, and shrubs. Fall is for planting, but unlike spring, the season is short, so do not procrastinate.
 

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Harvest, weed, cultivate, control pests
    • You extend the summer vegetable harvest season by picking the maturing crops continuously.
Other Things To-do
  • Now is a good time to shear evergreen hedges and screens for the last time this year. This allows enough time for the new growth to mature and ensures that an early frost will not damage it. Also, a light fertilizing will help. The exceptions are conifers. Junipers, cedars, and cypresses, are best pruned in February or March.
  •  The fall and winter vegetables have arrived at your favorite garden center. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Spinach, Peas, and many others are now available to plant. Do not overlook combining vegetables with annual color for dramatic containers. 
  •  And finally, Lily of the Nile does not self-shed itself. When the flowers have faded, the flower stalks can be cut off to the ground.