Last 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: 4th Quarter Begins On Thursday, November 16
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Cancer - Divide perennials and plant for root growth 
      • Bearded Iris, Agapanthus, and Day Lilies are just a few perennials divided in the fall.  

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Leo - Cultivate, harvest, and control diseases and pests 
    • With Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines, a fall application of Copper Sulphate is very important in controlling Peach Leaf Curl and 'Shot-Hole' Fungus. It is applied when 50% of the leaves have fallen.
Other Things To-do
  • You can ripen green tomatoes off the vine with a simple ripening chamber. All you'll need is a cardboard or plastic container that has a lid. The tomatoes are placed on a pad of newspaper so they do not touch one another, then cover the fruits with another layer of newspaper and cover them in the box. The chamber traps the escaping Ethylene gas, ripening the tomatoes. You should check the tomatoes every five to seven days, removing those that have turned color.
  • And finally, enjoy all the fall color that is around. The Pin Oaks, Raywood Ash, Flowering Pears, and Crape Myrtles are exceptional.