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, June 6
  •  Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aries - Harvest, cultivate, control pests
    • Cultivating the soil around summer vegetables with a hand cultivator prevents the soil from forming a crust layer and helps water penetrate. But be gentle around shallow-rooted veggies such as peppers, squash, and cucumbers. Also, a generous layer of mulch conserves moisture in hot, dry weather.

Later in the Week

  • Monday and Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Fertilize and water
    • June is the last month we feed turf before the hot weather begins. The easiest way to tell when your lawn is ready for another feeding is when the lawn clippings is half again, as much as after the last fertilizer application. Also, water the day before or four hours before fertilizing to avoid fertilizer burn
   
Other Things To-do
  • You can help pollinate tomato plants by flicking each bloom during the warmest part of the day or shaking the cages. The pollen is naturally sticky, which allows it to spread.
  • When removing sucker growth from citrus, it is better to rip, pull or tear the shoots off the trunk than to use a pair of pruning shears. At the base of these shoots are several dormant buds. These buds become active when the main shoot is pruned off. You eliminate other shoots from growing by ripping, tearing, or pulling the shoots off.