Last 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: Monday, May 27, Memorial Day
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Sagittarius & Capricorn - Plant root crops
    • Radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots can be grown from seeds sown directly into the open ground or containers. Long, narrow, or rectangular containers are best for root crops.

Later in the Week

  • Wednesday and Thursday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Harvest for seed saving, cultivate, and weed
    • It's time to reconstruct the water basins around trees and shrubs. A traditional watering basin should extend from the plant's trunk to just beyond the drip line. On a slope, the basin should be higher on the downward side to catch and hold the water.
    • ┬áLeafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, and chard are best harvested in the early morning while cool. It is also advisable to use scissors instead of tearing them off.
Other Things To-do
  • Now is the time to thin Apricots, Plums, Apples, and other fruit trees. Thin those branches, especially with fruit at the ends, so the maturing fruits do not break the limbs. I'd thin the fruit clusters down to one or two and alternate the fruit clusters on the branches so they are on opposite sides when possible. The proper spacing between the fruits should equal twice the diameter of the mature fruit.
  • It is time to replace Pansies, Primroses, Violas, and winter and early spring colors with those that tolerate the heat, wind, and longer days. Planted now, they continue blooming into the fall.