3rd Weekend Of The Holiday 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 Monday, December 7, Hanukkah starts on Thursday, December 10
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Leo - Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
      • It's an ideal time to spray peaches and nectarines with a Copper fungicide for Peach Leaf Curl. A second application is made in February.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday - Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Libra - water. compost and fertilize
    • It's recommended to water container plants protected by some covering every three weeks such as an eve or overhang. It’s not a usual occurrence for these plants to suffer water stress during the rainy season.
Other Things To-do
  • December is a perfect time to trim junipers, pines, redwoods, and other conifers, but don't throw away the trimmings. They can be used as part of your holiday decorations, and to keep them fresh, spray the greens with Bonide Wilt Stop.
  • Nothing is more upsetting than replacing a cut Christmas tree that has dried up before the holidays. So after you have selected the perfect tree, give it the freshness test by grabbing a branch as close to the trunk as possible, then run your hand along the limb toward your chest. If the tree is on the dry side, you will end up with a fist full of needles. Also, do not be overly concerned if a few needles pop off. Another thing to be on the lookout for is excessive needles on the ground after moving/shifting the trees around on the tree lot.