9th Weekend Of The Fall 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: Full Moon & Halloween, Saturday, October 31: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1
    • With the conclusion of Daylight Savings Time, you should reset your irrigation clock as well as the outside lights. . You should also reduce the frequency and length of time each station waters and turn them off completely once the rainy season begins.  
      • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant leafy vegetables Lettuce, Spinach, and Swiss chard are planted in the fall for harvesting in the new year.  They can be planted separately are mixed together or combine with seasonal color, such as Pansy, Violas, and Alyssum. 

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini/Cancer - Divide perennials, harvest, cultivate and, control pests, 
    • Dahlias along many other perennials can be dug up and divided now or you can wait until next March. The big advantage is perennials divided in the fall will bloom the following spring. You lose a flowering season when you divide them in the spring.
    •  It’s not too late to finish planting landscape trees and shrubs. You shouldn't expect much growth out of these plants until next spring; however, their roots system will expand during the winter months.
Other Things To-do
  • Soil Sulfur or GreenAll pH Adjuster should be cultivated into the soil around shade-loving plants and blueberries. The winter rains will leach it down into the root zone lowering the soil pH, making the soil more acid. 
  • This is an excellent time to plant California natives. Buckwheat’s, Ceanothus, Tryon’s, and native bunchgrass all thrive when planted in the fall.