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: 2nd Quarter begins on Monday, July 27
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Plant seasonal color and herbs
- You mix any of the summer color with herbs to create some multi-purpose containers. Marigolds combined with Parsley or Basil planted with Lobelia are a couple of combinations.
Later in the Week
- Monday through Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius - Plant for root growth.
- With warm temperatures, the best time of the day to plant is in the early morning or evening. Also, be sure to water the new plants in their original containers several hours before planting or the night before.
Other Things To-do
- Be on the lookout for Budworms on Petunias, Geraniums, and flowering Tobacco plants. A sign of a budworm problem is holes in the flower petals progressing to the point that the plants stop flowering. It's a green worm that blends into the foliage, but up close is visible to the naked eye. You control Budworms by giving them a fatal case of the stomach flu with Bt or with Spinosad.
- There is still time to plant another crop of corn from seed. Late season varieties are recommended. For proper pollination, be sure to plant the corn close together in round or square hills.