2nd Weekend of 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.

  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Plant Seasonal Color
    • Million Bells make a colorful, seasonal ground cover. In a sunny location, they complement petunias, verbena, and others.

Later in the Week

  • Monday and Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Leo - Harvest, weed,, cultivate, control pests.
    • Valencia Oranges should be ripening; however, test one first for sweetness. Let them hang on the tree if sour, as they will sweeten up in time. Valencia oranges require more than one growing season to mature.
  • ¬†Wednesday and Thursday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Plant vines
    • Trumpet Vines require a sunny location with six hours of direct sun from March through October; however, they prefer to be in the shade late in the afternoon on very hot days.
Other Things To-do
  • You protect the trunks of young fruit and shade trees by painting them with white latex paint. The white paint reflects the heat, preventing sunburn. The damaged tissue is a perfect entry point for flathead borers.
    • Finally, check your drip irrigation emitters to see if the moisture is distributed evenly around the entire plant. All too often, plants go dry if the drippers are clogged or if there aren't enough entire root balls.