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-Monday: Moon in the sign of Aries - Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
- Snails and slugs are still active; so continue baiting for them especially with new plantings. With the fall planting, continue to bait for snails and slugs particular
Later in the Week
- Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant and Transplant for root growth
- It’s recommended to plant landscape shrubs in the fall. Although you done necessarily see lots on new growth, the roots systems do establish themselves. This gives them a ‘heads up’ when spring arrives next year.
- Thursday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Gemini -Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
- Before starting your fall rose feeding schedule, cultivate around each bush. You’d start at the trunk of each plant and extend beyond the drip line.
Other Things To-do
- This is the last month to pinch the new growth on Poinsettia plants. The pinching force lateral growth and keeps the plant compact. Next month, we start the short day treatment to get the plant to bloom for the holidays. After pruning, I'd fertilize to encourage the new growth.
- Now is an excellent time to begin composting garden and kitchen wastes. With garden trimmings, smaller pieces decompose faster than larger ones so always cut or chop twigs and branches as small as possible.
- And finally, dead head the spent blooms and flower stalks of perennial plants. This will improve the look of perennial beds, as many varieties do not self-shed.