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: New Moon, Wednesday, October 6
    • Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Leo/Virgo. Harvest, weed, cultivate and control pests.
      • When composting garden debris, shredded leaves will compost faster than that left whole. You can rent a shredder, but a lawnmower with a bag works just as well.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant Sweet Peas wildflowers and seasonal color
    • With the days getting shorter and cooler, it's a perfect time to plant Pansies and Violas for fall, winter, and spring color. 
    • Flowering cabbage and kale have ash-gray foilage that turns with vivid white and or purple/wine red color in cool weather.  
Other Things To-do
  • It's not too late too repair the large bare spots in lawns from the summer heat. Scott's EZ Seed simplifies the job with mulch, seed, and fertilizer all in one product. 
  •  When chilling, Tulips and Hyacinths, remove any apples, avocados, tomatoes, and other fruits from the refrigerator. The ethylene gas given off by these ripening fruits will cause the embryonic flowers inside the bulbs to abort or not fully form. Also, bulbs should be stored in paper or mesh bags instead of plastic. If plastic is your only choice, then leave the tops open. Bulbs will sweat, so good air circulation keeps them dry, avoiding other problems.
  • And finally, it's not too early to clean out the gutters of all the debris collected since the last rainy season. Where there is a constant shedding of leaves and needles, you might consider installing gutter screens to eliminate this task next year