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: Full Moon on Thursday, December 6 
  •  Saturday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Harvest, water, compost and fertilize
    •  Persimmons are harvested off the tree when they are hard and then allowed to soften at room temperature

Later in the Week

  • Nothing is more upsetting than having to replace a cut, decorated Christmas tree that has dried up before Christmas. Although the tree was standing in water, I’d make a fresh cut by removing at least an inch of the trunk. A tree will reseal itself within two to three hours so get the tree in a water stand, ASAP. 
  • The first application of dormant spray can be applied to fruit trees now, weather permitting
Other Things To-do
  • Junipers, pines, redwoods, and others conifers can be trimmed at this time and you can use the trimming in your holiday decorations. You should spray them with Wilt Stop to keep them fresh. Wilt Stop or 'Cloud Cover' helps prevent the moisture loss through the needles. 
  •  And finally, if you are finding holes in the leaves of your winter leaf vegetables it is probably the Cabbage Worm or Lopper. They can be safely controlled with Bt or Spinosad.