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 Thursday, October 28
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Gemini - harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests
- When planting bulbs in containers, you add Pansies, Violas, Alyssum, Primrose and others so the pot doesn’t look empty and provide color immediately.
- Beneficial Nematodes is applied to those areas where you are going to plant onion and garlic sets. This will keep the area clean of onion maggots.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Plant for root growth -
- This is a great time of the year to shade plant trees. Trees planted in the fall will develop a better than average root system before the spring flush of growth. Redbuds, Red Maples, Chinese Pistache or Crape Myrtle are excellent for fall color. The nursery professional at your favorite garden center can show you all of these varieties and more.
Other Things To-do
- Get ahead start on all those unwanted weeds next spring by spraying the ground with Monterey Impede; Impede is a pre-emergent herbicide that kills the weed seeds before they germinate. It can be safely sprayed over and around any rooted tree, shrub, and ground covers without damage. It is also, safe enough to use over bulbs.
- Now is the time to switch to the winter fertilizer 0-10-10 on Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons, and Gardenias. 0-10-10 is applied monthly until March.
- Now is the time to remove soaker hoses from flower and vegetable beds for the winter months. Before storing them away, I'd lay them out flat on a driveway or pavement, remove the end caps and flush them out with water. Once they have air dried, they can be coiled up and stored.