3rd 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: 4th Quarter begins Saturday: September 17: Thursday, September 22, Autumn Equinox
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Prune, water, fertilize, compost
    • Rejuniavate your roses after a hot summer by fertilizing them with Rose Food. Water and fertilizer will reward with a new flush of flowers for the holidays. Before starting your fall rose feeding schedule, cultivate around each bush. You start at the trunk of each plant and extend beyond the drip line.
    • Now is an excellent time to begin composting garden and kitchen waste. With garden trimmings, smaller pieces decompose faster than larger ones, so always cut or chop twigs and branches as small as possible.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Harvest, weed, control pests
    • When harvesting herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and others, take more than your need. Group them all together in a vase or pitcher so you can snip off what is needed for cooking or garnishing and enjoy the fragrance.
Other Things To-do
  • Vegetable transplants for the fall and winter months have arrived at your favorite garden center. Besides cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, you can find many different types of lettuces, spinach, and green and red chard. 
  •  September is an excellent month to go through the canopy of citrus, removing any dead wood. The dieback in citrus is a natural occurrence so pruning it out several times a year is not uncommon.
  •  And finally, now is the time to trim or pull off all the brown leaves on Breaded Iris. It's also an excellent time plant new varieties as they have just arrived at your favorite garden center.