7th Weekend Of The Summer 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: New Moon, Friday, July 23
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant seasonal color
    • Crape Myrtles are now in bloom. They're drought-tolerant, are a  perfect tree for a small yard, provide good fall color, and are the few summer blooming trees.
    • Profusion Zinnias are great for summer color where deer are a problem. They're a prolific bloomer in a sunny location.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday-Friday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius/ Capricorn - Cultivate, weed, fertilize and prune.
    • To avoid fertilizer burn during the summer, water your plants the day before or at least four hours before and immediately afterward. The best time of the day to water is in the morning hours with a rising temperature. 
Other Things To-do
  • Established peach and nectarine trees should have a deep drink of water twice to three times a month through the harvest.. The moisture is applied under the drip line, avoiding the trunk area. If you use a watering basin, make sure it extends from the trunk to the drip line.
  • You should apply EZ Wet soil penetrant to containerized plants that have been in the same container for a year or longer. The wetting agent allows the water to flow through the root ball. It's common for water to roll around and out the sides of the container. This causes the plant to suffer from water stress.
  • Keep Snails from climbing into the canopy of citrus and other shrubs by attaching Copper Tape to the trunk about two feet off the ground. The Copper will not kill the snails, but it will halt their forward progress.