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: Monday, Independence Day; 2nd Quarter begins on Wednesday, July 6
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Leo/Virgo - Harvest, control weeds, and plant vines
- 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.
- Honeysuckle is a fast-growing evergreen vine. The white and cream tubular flowers is a favorite for bees and hummingbirds.
Later in the Week
- Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Plant seasonal color
- The summer snapdragon, Angelonia, is now available for planting in containers or in the ground. They bloom all summer and fall in semi-shady areas.
Other Things To-do
- Shade trees need to be deep-watered during the summer months. The Deep Drip Watering Stakes are hollow, one-inch wide plastic tubes that are inserted into the ground under the canopy of trees. They conserve water and keep landscape trees irrigated during the non-rainy season.
- Hummingbird feeders are changed weekly during warm weather as harmful bacteria can build up. Before refilling, empty the feeder and rinse it out with hot water.
- And finally, it is time to take a moment to look around your property for any potential fire hazards and eliminate them.