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 Of July Weekend, New Moon on Friday, July 9
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Fertilize, prune.
- Fuchsias make an attractive summer blooming hanging basket. They like to be protected from the heat of the day sun, so they best grown g under the eves of a patio cover or from a large shade tree. Osmocote is an excellent fertilizer to keep them feed all summer long.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini/Cancer - Harvest, weed, control pests, water, and compost
- Yellow Jacket Traps from previous years should be rinsed out with warm water and equipped with a fresh attractant for the holiday weekend. They're set out around the eating area(s), two to three hours before the food and beverages. Remember that as summer turn's to fall, the Yellow Jackets population will be increasing, so don't let your guard down.
- The best time of the day to harvest vegetables is in the morning, usually before 11:00 am. This is when the flavor is at its peak for the day.
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 and then add summer-blooming perennials such as Gloriosa Daisy, Rudbeckia, and others. Summer annuals like Verbenas, Salvia, Comos, Portulaca and others can be added to perennials for additional colors.
- The water and sugar mixture in a Hummingbird Feeder(s) should be changed weekly during warm weather. Every three days, when it turns hot; otherwise, harmful bacteria build-up. Before refilling, empty the feeder and rinse it out with hot water.
- And finally, with the 4th of July Weekend, take time out to look for any potential fire hazards. I'd clear away all brush near structures that have turned brown.