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: 2nd quarter begins on Sunday, January, 13
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aries -
- It's not too early to get ahead start on any of the unwanted vegetation from the rains. As long as we have two to three hours of dry weather, Round Up, weed killer or can be effectively applied; however, it will take several weeks before the growth turns yellow and die.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant seasonal color and leafy vegetables. Primrose, Primula Pansies Violas and Iceland poppies are available for planting. You should also find Calendulas and Snapdragons.
Other Things To-do
- If you have not already done so, clean up and dispose of any of the summer vegetable plants. By now, they should be pretty ugly looking. Also, it's not too early to start this year's soil preparation by spreading a one to two-inch layer of animal manure over the fallow soil. Let the winter rains leach the salts out and then in March, rototill it under with the rest of your soil amendments.
- Fruit trees fail to bare fruit if fruiting spurs are removed, so before pruning any fruit tree identify the fruiting spurs. With Cherries, Apricots, Plums, and Prunes look for the spurs in clusters on the second year and older wood. On Peaches and Nectarines, the spurs are only on the second year wood. With Apples and Pears, the short stubby spurs are located on the second year and older wood. Unlike other fruit trees, these spurs are productive for many years.