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: Happy New Year: New Moon, Sunday, January 2
- Saturday-Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn/Aquarius - Prune, weed, and 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 schedule of classes.
- It's too early to prune off the cold weather damage on citrus and other ornamentals. In addition, cold nights will cause citrus to yellow and drop some of their leaves, so don't be concerned. It's also not unusual for plants next to each other to react differently to the temperatures because the microclimates do vary.
Later in the Week
- Wednesday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Plant seasonal color
- Not a lot available right now as the grower has been on a holiday break
Other Things To-do
- A Copper Fungicide is applied to fruit, shade, and flowering trees along with roses after they have been pruned.
- Fruit trees fail to set fruit when the fruiting spurs are removed, so before pruning any fruit tree, identify the spurs' location. On Cherries, Apricots, Plums, and Prunes, the fruiting spurs are found on the second year and older wood. The fruiting spurs are only on the second year wood on Peaches and Nectarines. Apples and Pears set fruit on the short stubby spurs located on the second year and older wood. Unlike other fruit trees, these spurs are productive for many years.
- When pruning roses, don't worry if you find no new buds or breaks along with the main canes. Instead, pick a point and prune. Come back and finish the job in four to six weeks, as the new buds will be visible.