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: Full Moon Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Pisces /Aries - Plant seasonal color, harvest, and weed.
    • You should sow the Sweet Pea seeds now to have them blooming for the holidays. They are successfully germinated in flats or pots and the open ground.
    • When harvesting herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and others, take more than your need. Group them all in a vase or pitcher so you can snip off what is needed for cooking or garnishing, and in between, enjoy the fragrance.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant, and transplant for root growth.
    • Bearded Iris can be transplanted, divided, and replanted in perennial gardens.
Other Things To-do
  • This is the last month to feed Poinsettias any liquid organic plant food. If your plant(s) are leggy, pinch-back the terminal growth to encourage the side shoots to develop. Next month, we start the short-day treatment, so the plant(s) will be in bloom for the holidays.
  • Now is the time to remove all the spent Lily of the Nile blossoms. First, the flower stalks are cut off at the ground.
  • For those fruit trees that have finished fruiting, like apricots, plums, and cherries, it is not too early to prune them. This is contrary to many gardening books, but we find that summer pruning has its benefits. Also, reduce the watering to just once this month.