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: New Moon Sunday, September 25
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Virgo - Harvest, prune, and cultivate
    • It's an excellent time to prune the deadwood out of citrus. It occurs naturally and should be done several times throughout the year. 

Later in the Week

  • Monday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant seasonal color 
  • It's an excellent time to divide and replant perennials such as 
    • Penstemon, Shasta Daisy, Coreopsis, Daylilies, and others. Perennials divided and replanted in the fall will bloom in the spring. Those divided in spring will not bloom until the following year.
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.
  • This 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.
  • And 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.