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: New Moon, Monday, September 6 -  Labor Day Weekend
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Leo, Harvest weed, cultivate, control pests
    • 'Mum is the Word' when it comes to fall color. They are now available in the fall shades of red, golden yellow, bronze, lavender, and pink. Later In the Week

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Plant seasonal color
    • For Sweet Peas in bloom at the holidays, sow the seed early in the fall. They can be started in flats or pots but are successfully germinated in the open ground.
Other Things To-do
  • You can remove the unsightly, white calcium deposits on clay pots with Linseed Oil. You first remove all the loose residues with a wire brush on the outside of the pot and then wipe the pot down with the oil. This will return the finish to the original color. 
  • You don't need to wait until January to prune Apricots, Cherries, Plums, and other fruit trees. Pruning in fall is recommended. 
  • Now is the time to remove all the spent Lily of the Nile blossoms. The stems should be cut off at the ground.