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 Friday, June 12
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Plant root crops, harvest, cultivate, and weed.
- When harvesting strawberries, you should take a portion of the stem with each berry. This helps prevent berry rot.
- Grass Getter or Grass–B-Gon controls grassy weeds, including Bermuda Grass in ivy, ornamental strawberry, hypericum, and other ground covers.
Later in the Week
- Monday through Friday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius/ Pisces - Plant root crops
- With warm temperatures, planting is best done in the morning hours or early evenings.
Other Things To-do
- Tomatoes can be had hand-pollinated by flicking each bloom during the warmest part of the day. Holding onto their cages and giving them a good shake or two pollinate larger plants in cages. The pollen is naturally sticky, and this helps it to spread.
- When the temperatures are over 85 degrees, the ideal time to fertilize plants would be in the morning before 11:00 am or in the evening after 6:00 pm.
- And finally, it's not too early to conserve moisture around trees, shrubs, and ground covers by mulching. A one to two-inch layer of mulch will protect the roots of all plants during our warm summer days as well as retard weed growth.