5th Weekend Of The Holiday 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 Saturday, December 18;  Winter Solstice, Tuesday, December 21 (the shortest day of the year)
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Plant for root growth and divide perennials.
    • Shasta daisies, Lily of the Nile, Penstemon, Daylilies, and other perennials can be divided now. But then again, there will be more opportunities in the weeks to come

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Leo - Harvest, weed, prune and control pests
    • Mandarin Oranges and Tangerines should be ripening at this time of the year. You should keep a small section of the stem attached to the fruit when they’re picked. This will keep them fresh longer.
    • Add a personal touch to wreaths and garland with the berries from Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Nandinia and other landscape shrubs.   
Other Things To-do
  • To prevent Poinsettia leaves from turning yellow and curling up, place them in a room where the temperature is around 65 degrees. Also, avoid those areas where there is a draft from opening and closing doors.
  • Check the moisture level for all holiday-potted plants. Be sure to punch a hole in the bottom of the decorative covering around Poinsettias and other holiday plants so the water drains out.