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.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday through Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant seasonal color and tomatoes
- Any tomato plant(s) that seems to be struggling or growing slowly should be replaced. These plants will never catch up and be a top producer.
Other Things To-do
- It's time to reconstruct the water basins around trees and shrubs. A traditional watering basin should extend from the trunk of the plant to just beyond the drip line. On a slope be sure that the basin is higher on the downward side to catch and hold the water. With warm temperatures, it's important that the water penetrates the root ball and doesn't roll away.
- And finally, it's time to thin the fruit on Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and Apricots. They are thinned leaving enough space for each fruit to develop. The space should be equal to four times the size of the mature fruit. Also, you can have fruit maturing on both sides of a branch. Fruit tree thinning is important to prevent limb breakage, while it improves the size and quality of the fruit.