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: On Wednesday, January 31, - Full Moon, (A Blue Moon), A Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse (first time in 156 years)
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Plant seasonal color
- Dwarf English Primroses are now available for planting. They have a big advance over traditional primroses as the flower stalk doesn’t stretch as the days get longer.
Later in the Week
- Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Harvest and cultivate plants
- Harvest carrots as soon as the roots show color. Carrots will take the frost and get sweeter with cooler temperatures.
Other Things To-do
- It's not too early to start thinking about summer flowering bulbs. Gladiolus, Cannas, Dahlias, Lilies, Hostas, and Tuberous Begonias are just a few of the many summer flowering bulbs available. A complete selection is now available at your favorite garden center.
- After pruning rose bushes, be sure to loosen the metal name tag. All too often gardeners overlook this point. If left untouched, the name tag wire will girdle the expanding rose cane causing it to die.
- Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel are popular wines from grapes of the same name. They are now available for planting at many garden centers. Wine and table grape vines provide excellent cover for Arbors and other structures and don't overlook their fall color.