1st 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: New Moon, Thursday, June 10
  • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Aries/Taurus - Harvest, weed, cultivate, control pests, fertilize
    • 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. You always water the day before or four hours before fertilizing and immediately afterward.  This prevents fertilizer burn

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Harvest weed and control pests
    • When harvesting strawberries, take a portion of the stem with each berry. This helps prevent berry rot. 
    • You prevent Sowbugs from attacking watermelons, pumpkins, and other melons by raising them off the ground with a layer of straw.
    • Your roses should be finished with their first set of blooms now, so it's time to prune them back. Be sure to select an outside bud and cut close to a leaf bud at a 30 to 45-degree angle. If you leave excess stem tissue, it will die back and turn black.
    • Horticultural Oil spray is an environmentally friendly pesticide for Whiteflies and Mildew on tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and other veggies.
Other Things To-do
  • Your roses should be finished with their first set of blooms, so it's time to prune them back. Be sure to select an outside bud and cut it close to a leaf bud on a 30 to 45-degree angle. If you leave excess stem tissue, it will die back and turn black.
  • Grass–B-Gon controls grassy weeds in ivy, ornamental strawberry, hypericum, and other ground covers, including Bermuda Grass in Junipers, without damaging the ground covers.
  • Tomatoes can be 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 a cage. The pollen is naturally sticky, and this helps it to spread.