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: 4th Quarter begins on Saturday, February 15, President Day Weekend
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Weed, cultivate, control pests
- The buds on your Peach and Nectarine trees should be close to opening. An application of a Copper Fungicide will help in controlling Peach Leaf Curl.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Prune and fertilize
- Root prune established Japanese Maples, Roses, Citrus, and other plants that have been in the same container for 18-24 months. I'd tip the plant(s) over on it side and slide it out. You may have to tug and pull. With a sharp knife, pruning saw, ax or any other cutting tool trim 2-3 inches of the root mass off the sides and 4-6 inches off the bottom. You are not going to kill the plant(s). Next, you add fresh potting soil to the container and replant it. This technique is also recommended for indoor foliage or house plants.
- Thursday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius- Harvest, cultivate and weed
- The unwanted vegetation is really starting to accelerate their growth. You save yourself a lot of work by controlling them early on. The most organic method is to use a hoe or cultivator.
Other Things To-do
- A variety of different fruit trees can be incorporated in small gardens by planting three trees in one hole. These trees are spaced two feet apart in a triangle. Although they will have three separate trunks, you will prune them like there was only one canopy, so it is important to have compatible trees in the same hole.
- This is the weekend to plant potatoes. They’re easy to grow for kids and adults. Potatoes planted now will give you homegrown Potato Salad for your picnic. Certified Seed Potatoes are available at most garden centers.