2nd Weekend Of The Fall 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, September 17
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Prune, water, compost, and fertilizing
      • Reduce the volume and frequency you water Apricots, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines, and early ripening Peaches. Although the foliage is still green, these trees are starting to go dormant, and the water can encourage root rot problems in the future. I stop watering completely around November 1st.
      • Now is an excellent time to begin composting garden and kitchen wastes. Small pieces decompose faster with garden trimmings than larger ones, so always cut or chop twigs and branches as short as possible.
      • Now is a good time to shear evergreen hedges and screens. This allows enough time for the new growth to mature before the first frost. The exceptions are Junipers, cedars, and cypresses, which are best pruned in February or March.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Harvest
    • It's best to harvest leaf lettuce with a pair of scissors. You remove a portion of the plant so that each plant is harvested multiple times. The harvest season is finished when the plants go to seed or bolt. 
Other Things To-do
  • 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 short as possible. 
  • You can remove the unsightly, white calcium deposits on clay pots with Linseed Oil. You first remove all the loose residues with a wire brush and then wipe the pot down with the oil. This will return the finish to the original color. 
  • And finally, Tulips, Daffodils, and the other spring-flowering bulbs should be arriving at your favorite garden center this week. Purchased now for the biggest selection but hold off planting until late October when the days are shorter and cooler.