8th 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, Thursday, July 28
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Gemini: Harvest, weed, and control pests
    • You should now be looking for worms on Geraniums, Tomatoes, and Flowering Tobacco. They usually start in the center of the plant, which is protected from the afternoon sun. You control the worms with Captain Jack’s Death Bug Brew, an organic solution. 

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of  Cancer - Water, compost, and fertilize
    • You can conserve water and keep landscape trees thriving with the Deep Drip Watering Stakes.  The Deep Drip Watering Stakes are hollow, one-inch wide plastic tubes that are inserted into the ground under the canopy of trees. They are adaptable for drip or conventional irrigation systems and moveable yearly.
  • Thursday-Friday: Moon in the sign of Leo -  Harvest, cultivate, and control pests
    • The preferred time to harvest veggies is in the morning while its still cool.
         
Other Things To-do
  •  Use sheared newspaper or straw if you run out of brown leaves for your compost pile.
  •  Perennials should be cut back when they are finished blooming. This would include Mexican Evening Primrose, Penstemon, Lavenders, and others. To add color to these areas, plant Vinca Rosea, Salvia, and others.
  •  With maturing fruits like apples, peaches, nectarines, and others, support the bending branches with 2 x 4's. The supports are placed under the branches where they begin to bend. Also, removing those fruits and ripening at the end of the branches will reduce the weight and help prevent the limbs from breaking.