6th Weekend Of The Spring Gardening Season

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, April 25
    •  Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Seasonal color and herbs
      • Vinca Rosa, Victorian Salvia, and Portulaca are recommended for hot spots and require little water. They provide a wide range of colors and bloom until November.
      •  You can mix seasonal color and herbs in the same container with any number of combinations available.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant tomatoes, plant for root growth, and prune
    • When planting tomatoes, bury the entire plant leaving just the last two sets of leaves above the ground. Roots will form on the underground herbaceous stem.
  •  Thursday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Plant potatoes and fruit trees, harvest, prune, and cultivate
    • It's not too late to prune flowering trees and shrubs. Besides Redbuds and Flowering Plums and Pears, Azaleas and Camellias are trimmed. You remove any dead wood and shape the plants.  
Other Things To-do
  • When planting corn, it's better to plant in many short rows than in several long rows. With long rows, you get poor pollination and incomplete ears of corn. The wind is corn's chief pollinator, so every silk has to be pollinated for every ear to have a complete set of kernels.
  •  To keep a poinsettia plant compact, pinch back the new growth every six weeks now through August. I'd remove a third of the new shoots unless it's terribly leggy and fertilize monthly.