Last Weekend Of The Holiday 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, January 6
  •  Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Leo/Virgo - Harvest, cultivate and control pestsCopper
    • Fungicide is the dormant spray applied to fruit, shade, and flowering trees along with roses after they have been pruned. Peaches and Nectarines get a second application just before the buds open.  With the rainy season, you’ll need a two-three day period of dry weather to spray. 

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Thursday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant for root growth, prune, water, compost, fertilize
    • Now thru February is the time to prune deciduous fruit trees and roses. Many garden centers will have pruning clinics, so check with your favorite garden center for their classes' schedule.
    • When pruning roses, don't be concerned if you find no new buds or breaks along with the main canes. Instead, just pick a point and prune. In four to six weeks, come back and finish the job as the new buds will be visible.
Other Things To-do
  • The winter pruning season for roses and fruit trees has arrived. If you would like some hands-on pruning advice, call your favorite garden center. They're conducting pruning demonstrations this month.
  • And finally, move outdoors, all the holiday cedar, pine, and spruce trees in four and six-inch pots. Once outside, please give them a good drink of water, hose off the foliage, and remove the holiday decorations and wrapping.