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 Sunday, October 13
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Aries -
- There is still time to plant cool-season vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Garden Peas, Spinach and Swiss Chard. Your favorite garden center has transplants available, as it's too late to start these plants from seed.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant for root growth and divide perennials.
- Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now.
- Breaded Iris can still be divided and the divisions will bloom next year. You’ll have to wait an entire growing season for them to bloom if you wait until the spring to divide them.
- Wednesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - Harvest, cultivate, and control pests.
- Aphids attack the new growth on Camellias during the fall months. Insecticidal soap is a safe and effective solution. One or two applications should solve the problem.
Other Things To-do
- Birds are a wonderful addition to any yard but they certainly create a mess by scattering the seed all over the place. The seed then germinates creating an on going task of removing the unwanted vegetation. You prevent the seed from germinating by spreading the seed on a cookie sheet and heating it to 160 degrees for 30 minutes. This will kill the seeds and still be edible for the birds.