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, May 14 (Mother's Day Weekend)
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius - Prune water, compost, and fertilize
- Spring flowering shrubs and vines like Lilacs, Forthysias, and Wisteria are fertilized with All-Purpose Plant Food to encourage the new growth when they have finished blooming.
Later in the Week
- Monday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn/Aquarius - Plant and transplant for root growth, plant onions, harvest, weed, and cultivate
- Be sure to cultivate around new edible and non-edible seedlings often. This keeps the weeds in control and allows for better water percolation.
Other Things To-do
- It is not too late to sow Sunflower seeds. Besides the large edible seed varieties called 'Mammoth', there are many decorative varieties. 'Vanilla Ice' is an heirloom variety with cream-colored flowers with a chocolate brown center. 'Crimson Thriller' produces six-inch wide mahogany flowers. 'Teddy Bear' is a dwarf variety with double golden-yellow flowers.
- Keep Snails from climbing into the canopy of citrus and other shrubs by attaching Copper Tape to the trunk about two feet off the ground. The Copper will not kill the snails, but it will halt the forward progress.