9th Weekend Of The Spring 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: 2nd Quarter begins on Wednesday, May 19
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Plant seasonal color 
    • The Red Hot Poker plant is a drought-tolerant, strapped leaf plant,  that blooms in the mid to late spring. The stately flower stems grow to five feet and resemble a Tiki Torch.

Later in the Week

  • Monday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Leo/Virgo - Harvest cultivate, weed, and plant flowering vines.
  • Cultivating around vegetable plants is the easiest way to keep the unwanted weeds from overtaking a vegetable garden. Also, set out the Yellow Sticky Cards now, especially around Squash, Melons, and Tomatoes, to monitor the White Fly population.
Other Things To-do
  • May is the month to plant watermelons, cantaloupes, muskmelons, and others. The key to growing good melons is a lot of sun, at least six hours, and a regular amount of water. It's the water intake that increases the size of the fruit; however, an overabundance of moisture will cause the melons to crack and rot.
  • When planting a butterfly garden, including several flat rocks. If possible, place the rocks, so they face east. In the morning, Butterflies will rest on the rock and spread their wings during the morning hours. The wings act like a solar panel picking up heat from the sun and the heat that radiates off the rock.