9th Weekend Of The Gardening Season – Halloween Weekend

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:  Halloween is Sunday, October 31: New Moon on Thursday, November 4,
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Virgo -  Harvest, prune, 
    • After carving a pumpkin, coat the inside of the cavity with Vaseline to prevent it from collapsing early.
      • Now is an excellent time to sow wildflower seed. California Poppy or a mixture of different kinds of wildflowers is available at your favorite garden center. You should scratch the soil with a rake to loosen up the top 1/2-inch layer of soil, broadcast the seed and then scratch it in and water.

Later in the Week

  • It’s not too late to plant spring-flowering bulbs. When planting bulbs in containers, you can add Panies, Violas, Primlua and others  so the pot(s) doesn’t look empty. 
Other Things To-do
  • You can increase the color per square foot of your spring flowering bulbs by piggy backing your plantings. One of the best yellow-blue combinations is the yellow Dutch Master Daffodil with blue Wedgewood Iris. You should plant the bulbs in a diamond pattern with the Daffodils six inches deep and the Iris planted shallower at three inches. Blue or yellow Pansies are added to covered the bulb area for instant color. 
  • This is a great time of the year to 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.