Last Weekend Of The Winter 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:  Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8;  Full Moon Monday, March 9
  •  Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Leo: Plant flowering vines
    • Now is the time to visit your favorite garden center and see all the early flowering vines like the Happy Wonder and Carolina Jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens.

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday/Friday: Moon in the sign of Libra/Scorpio - Plant for root growth transplant, prune and trim plants
  • Now is the time to prune Pyracantha for the fall berry crop. When pruned before the new growth flushes, the berries will form on the main sections of the plant instead of on the long arching and sometimes leggy branches.
  •  Flowering trees like plums and pears are pruned after they finish flowering for the year. You need to remove the deadwood, rubbing and crossing branches along with thinning out the inside of the canopy.
Other Things To-do
  • Before arranging flowering stems and branches from ornamental plants, you should split the bottom one inch and lightly crush the tissue with a hammer. This allows the branch to drink up the water. Remember to add a floral preservative to the water or you can make your own: one tablespoon of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon bleach in one gallon of hot water. 
  •  Keep the area under Camellia plants free of debris including the old spent flowers. White and Pink varieties are susceptible to Camellia Petal Blight. Camellia Petal Blight causes the center of the flower to turn brown and rot. We have no chemical solutions. Good sanitation practices are our only method of prevention.