4th 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: Full Moon on Thursday, October 1
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius - Harvest
      • Pumpkins can be harvested now and stored in a dry location until you are ready to use them. Do not place ripe pumpkins directly on concrete, as this will encourage bacterial growth and expedite cellular breakdown, which leads to rotting; instead, place them on a layer of cardboard.

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Plant seasonal color
    • Crocus, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth, and many other spring-flowering bulbs are now available at your favorite garden centers.
  • Thursday-Friday - Moon in the sign of Aries - Cultivate, weed, and control pests
    • Continue baiting for Snails and Slugs. They're still active and incredibly damaging to new fall transplants and seedlings.¬†
Other Things To-do
  • To get Lilacs to bloom next spring, you should stop watering them now. The water stress plus whatever winter cold we receive usually forces Lilacs to produce spring flowers
  • September is the last month to feed Azaleas, Camellias, and Rhododendrons with the Azalea, Camellia, and Rhododendron Fertilizer. During the winter months, shade plants are fed 0-10-10, the winter fertilizer.¬†Finally, when planting fall bulbs, always plant in groups or clusters, rather than in a straight row. A straight line of flowers isn't very dramatic when they bloom, and do not forget to add Bulb Food under each bulb.