1st Weekend Of The Spring 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 Monday, March 16; Spring Equinox Thursday, March 19
  • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius: Harvest, plant potatoes, and fruit trees
    • Seed potatoes are available at your favorite garden center. They're one of the easiest edibles to grow. Planted now you should have homegrown French Fries for the 4th Of July.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn/Aquarius - Prune, fertilize, harvest, and weed.
  • Flowering and shade trees should be fertilized now with the multi-purpose fertilizer, 16-16-16. It's especially important to feed Crape Myrtles as the annual feeding encourages the new growth. The new growth is the key for the summer blooms as they only flower on first-year growth.
  • The winter rains have germinated all the unwanted grass seeds in ground covers like Ivy, Vinca Minor and Major, Baccharis, African Daisy, and others. Manually removing the grasses is very time-consuming besides being a pain. Grass Getter is a selective herbicide that kills grass but will not harm the broadleaf ground covers. It will also suppress Bermuda Grass in junipers and other conifers.  
Other Things To-do
  • This is the first weekend of the spring gardening season as the last date for frost has passed. Frost tender plants like Hibiscus, Bougainvilleas, Fuchsias, and Citrus are all pruned now. All the cold weather damage is pruned off, along with shaping the plants.
  • One sure way to prevent rust from forming on small and large hand tools is to clean them off in a bucket of sand coated with new motor oil. The oil covers the metal while the sand rubs off any forming rust. Use about a quart of oil per five-gallon bucket of sand. After gardening, wash the tools off with a hose and then store them in the sand and oil mixture.  ......