1st Weekend Of The Winter 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, Tuesday, January 12,
    • ¬†Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Plant fruit trees, harvest, cultivate, and control weeks.
      • Weather permitting, it's not too early to get ahead start on the unwanted grasses now germinating. The little weeds become a big headache quickly as the days get longer and warmer. They're easily removed with a hoe.

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Prune, compost, and fertilize
    • If you plan to compost any of your holiday decorations, be sure to cut them into small/tiny pieces. If you can put them through a shredder, this would be ideal as the smaller the pieces, the faster the material will compost.
    • When freezing temperatures are expected, please bring in your Hummingbird feeders in the evening and set them out in the morning. Hummingbirds are morning feeders. They will not be able to nourish themselves if the liquid is frozen.
Other Things To-do
  • After pruning roses, strip off any off the remaining leaves from the previous year and clean up all the debris at the base of each plant. A Copper Spray is then applied to the bare canes and the bottom of the bushes.
  • When the new growth is present at the base of Chrysanthemum plants, prune off last year's stems at the ground.
  • And finally, it's time to apply your second application of Bonide Wilt Stop as more cold weather is to come. Wilt Stop ¬†protect frost tender plants from the cold.