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: Easter Sunday, April 21, Earth Day, 4th Quarter begins on Friday, April 26
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant tomatoes, divide perennials, and prune
- Flowering trees like flowering pears, plums, crabapples, cherries, and others are pruned now. It's not too late to prune these trees once they have leafed out. I'd remove all the dead wood, and eliminate the rubbing and crossing branches. Also, open up the canopy by thinning out those limbs spaced closely together.
- When planting tomatoes, you should dig a cylinder shape hole so the plant can be planted deep, so the second set of leaves is exposed. When planting tomatoes, it is recommended to bury the entire plant leaving just the last two sets of leaves above the ground. Roots will form on the underground herbaceous stem.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius/Capricorn - Harvest, cultivate, plant tubers, and transplant for root growth
- It not too late to plant summer blooming Dahlias. The tubers are available in a variety of types and colors.
Other Things To-do
- Earwigs feed at night and hide in cool, damp, dark locations during the day. Around edibles, I like to set out Earwig traps made from newspaper. The traps are made from several sheets of newspaper, lightly moistened and then rolled into a tube. They are set out throughout the vegetable garden as the sun is setting. Earwigs will use the tubes as a hiding place when daylight returns. In the morning, empty the contents of the tubes into a pail of soapy water and set out new tubes that evening.
- And finally, when mowing turf, alternate your mowing pattern. This prevents the grass from growing in one direction