5th 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 Thursday, October 5
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius
      •  It’s a good time to divide and replant perennials or plant new plants, such as Penstemon, Shasta Daisy, Coreopsis, and others. Perennials divided and replanted in the fall will bloom in the spring. Those divided or planted in the spring will not bloom until the following year.

Later in the Week

  • Monday/Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Seasonal color
    •   Daffodils are graded by the number of flowers they produced. All the other bulbs are classified by size usually in centimeters. A Jumbo Daffodil bulb will produce three to four flowers per bulb while a #1 yields two to three flowers and a #3 produces, usually one.
Other Things To-do
  • The spent Hydrangeas flowers are pruned off at close to the ground as you can get. The rest of the foliage is then trimmed lightly to shape the plant. With older varieties,  you don't want to prune the plant(s) severely. Heavy pruning will remove the flowering wood so you will get little to no flowers next year. However, the Endless Summer series or similar variety blooms on both the new and old wood.  So, you avoid this problem.
  •   And finally, you should keep your vegetable garden weeded even with the crops declining. If ignored, the unwanted vegetation will go to seed and come back to plague you next year