4th 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: 4th Quarter begins on Thursday, July 1 
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius
    • Redwood trees produce a lot of natural debris. It should be left to accumulate under the tree's canopy for weed control and to conserve moisture. With warm temperatures, water your landscape and turf on a rising temperature. Your watering should be completed by 11:00 a.m.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Pisces/Aries - Plant for root growth, harvest, control weeds, and pests
    • To be effective, keep sticky bars clean of excess insects. Scrape the excess bugs off the cards and reapply the gummy resin called Pest Barrier or Tanglefoot. It will trap the insects. 
    • Radishes and beets are quick-growing crops for the summer months. They are ideal for long narrow planters beside in the open ground.
    • A pair of garden scissors is the perfect tool for harvesting fruits and vegetables such as peppers, beans, strawberries, and others.
Other Things To-do
  • The summer perennials are arriving at your favorite garden center. I'd cut back and remove the spent flowers from the spring flowering plants, then add summer blooming perennials. Also, summer annuals like Verbenas, Salvia, Cosmos, Portulaca, and others can be added to perennial areas or additional color.
  •  When thinning apple trees, leave 1-2 fruits per cluster and removing the rest. The general spacing rule for fruit trees is to leave a space equal to 2x the diameter of the mature fruit size. For Peaches and Nectarines, the failure to thin the fruit results in undersize or small fruits