8th Weekend Of The Winter 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:   4th quarter begins on Tuesday, February 26    
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of  Scorpio - Plant Potatoes, and other root crops, transplant and prune
    • Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow for homegrown potatoes salad or French fries.  (for more info see my February 16 column)
    •  Weather permitting, an excellent time to transplant roses. To make the transition easier, prune them.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Weed harvest, and control pests
    •  Even if you haven't planted yet, it is not too early to set out snail bait. It is essential to go after the breeding areas like ground covers, under decks and porches or any area that is cool damp and dark. Using a handheld Whirlybird spreader is an excellent way to distribute the snail bait in these areas. By starting now, you can reduce the population that is assembling to attack your yard and garden.
Other Things To-do
  • Cabbage Cauliflower, Spinach, Chard is a just of the few transplants available at your favorite garden center for an early spring garden.
  •  Finally, to help preserve the color in poinsettias, increase the light. At this time of the year, they can tolerate midday sun.