3rd Weekend Of The Summer 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: New Moon Saturday, June 20; Monday, June 21 Summer Solstice
  • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Plant seasonal color 
    • Million Bells is a low growing annual ground cover that blooms into the fall. It's excellent in a container as it cascades over the sides.

Later in the Week

  • Thursday-Friday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Plant flowering vines
    • Honeysuckle is a rapidly growing vine for full or partly shaded areas. The long tubular yellow to cream-colored flowers are a favorite with Hummingbirds. 
Other Things To-do
  • June is the last month to fertilize turf until after Labor Day. Feeding during July and August is discouraged as fungus problems can develop from the lush growth. I'd use a complete fertilizer that will release nitrogen over an extended period of time. 
  •  A perfect companion plant to Lily of the Nile or Daylilies is the Canna Lily. Canna Lily's have dramatic flower spikes that can grow to five-plus feet while the main plant stays at four feet they grow the best in sunny to partly shady areas.
  • And finally, with warm temperatures, water your landscape and turf on rising temperatures. Your watering should be completed by 11:00 a.m.