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: Moon on Sunday, December 2
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Gemini -
- Once you get your cut Christmas Tree home, make a fresh cut by removing at least an inch of the trunk unless cut at the time of purchase. A tree will reseal itself within 2-3 hours, so get the tree in a water stand ASAP.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Cancer&Leo - plant for root growth, harvest, weed, control pests.
- Garlic, Onion and Shallots are planted in the fall and winter to harvest after Memorial Day. They were available in at your favorite garden center. They planted two inches deep in rows four inches apart, and the rows spaced two feet apart.
Other Things To-do
- Now is an excellent time to trim conifers like Junipers, Redwoods, Cedars, Pines, and others. Instead of disposing of them, use the trimmings in your holiday decorations. Once the holiday season is over, chop them up and throw them in your compost pile. Also, to keep the greens fresh, spray the needles and branches with Wilt Stop.
- And finally, Paper White Narcissus is a perfect bulb for forcing into bloom indoors in shallow dishes or containers. All you have to do is cover the bottom of the dish with rock, nestle the bulbs next to one another and add water up to the bottom of the narcissus. I'd place them in a bright location, check the water level daily and then watch them sprout and enjoy the flower and fragrance.