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 9
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aries - Harvest, weed, cultivate, control pests
- Aphids can be a fall problem on many plants, but not roses. Camellias seem to be a target with the flush of new growth. Two weekly applications of Horticultural Oil or Inscectidical Soap control the problem.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Divide perennials, plant for root growth
- Crocus, Freesias, and other spring-flowering bulbs can be planted in containers for color next spring. I would store them out of the heat of the day sun until the mid of November.
Other Things To-do
- Sweet Peas can be planted from seed or transplants. They are available at your favorite garden center.
- sFinally, arriving at your favorite garden center is the new selection of the fall and winter blooming Sasanqua Camellias. Besides blooming early, they have one other desirable characteristic: they will tolerate the afternoon sun.